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 Jeff Jamison  (1958 - )

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Lived/Active: Tennessee/Florida/Arkansas      Known for: figure painting

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Biography from a third party submitted on 10/15/2009:
Jeff Jamison is obsessed with painting.  Loving the entire process. Loving watching the paint move around.  Watching the entire painting change with the changing of a value or hue. Believing that creation has karmic ramifications and with that comes responsibility.

Energy put into a painting can be felt by the observer.

Growing up in Middle Tennessee, Jamison has fascination “with the look of things” that began at an early age - how light falls across objects casting shadow, bouncing, flaring and reflecting.  This fascination and meager attempts to capture and simulate these occurrences in pencil eventually led Jeff to art classes.  His serious art studies began at Middle Tennessee State University in 1977.  Dissatisfied with his college courses and wanting to see the world but unable to afford travel, he left school and Tennessee, moving to Miami, Florida to sell suntan oil on the beach at the world famous Fountainbleau Hotel. As Jamison puts it: “letting the world come to him”.

In 1982, he enrolled at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, graduating two years later and immediately went to work as an Editorial Illustrator for the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel newspaper.  He worked as a courtroom sketch artist in the Manuel Noriega trials in Miami, and his award winning illustrations began appearing on the pages of many national publications including magazines and novel covers.

With the coming of the computer age and the dying of the traditional illustration market, Jamison decided to focus full time on painting.  He took third place prize and an Honorable Mention at the Salon International Museum of Contemporary Masters Competition judged by Pino in 2004; He finished in the Top 50 in the Arts for the Parks competition, and was a finalist in the 2006 Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Mini Show.  In 2009 his painting The Fisher King was accepted into the Oil Painters of America 2009 National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils where it earned him an Award of Excellence.

Jamison takes an intellectual approach to his art while his style is built on drawing in a process he calls controlled chaos.  There are no secret techniques or materials;  instead he chooses to paint in the traditional processes used by the Old Masters. Jamison feels that by working in this manner, using the same tools and materials as the great painters like Velazquez, Sargent and Sorolla, the only thing standing in the way of arranging those materials into truly great painting is Jeff Jamison.  Along with that comes the sobering realization that one may never paint on a level of a Sargent or a Sorolla, but he loves the challenge and feels it is his personal responsibility to get out of bed every day and try to do just that.

Jamison is also member of the Oil Painters of America.

Born 1958 in West Memphis, Arkansas, Jeff and his wife Judy currently reside in Middle Tennessee.

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