Jeffrey Hirst

Jeffrey Hirst creates powerful paintings that rarely conform to a traditional square or rectangular format. Each piece is its own shape, and is encountered almost as one might encounter a sculpture. With a beveled depth of between 3 and 5 inches, his paintings stand out from the wall, almost floating, announcing their own volume. Running counter to this overt physicality is the translucent, airy quality of the paintings' surfaces. Encaustic, when the pigment is used sparingly when mixed with wax, holds and embodies the light around it: a beautiful effect that acts as a compelling counterpoint to the painting's structural presence. 

Says Hirst about his work, "My current work investigates relationships between man-made architectural structures and the natural landscape; questions arise as to how these forces coexist in an urban environment. While both phenomena occur in all environments, I am most interested in the dynamic in a high contrast urban context. The correlation between urban decay and natural beauty (both at the micro and macro level) influence the work. How we interpret beauty and questions about values are addressed."

Hirst has exhibited his work throughout the United States since the early 1990's. His work has been showcased at national and international venues including the Minneapolis Institute of Art; The Holter Museum, Helena, Montana; McLean Project for the Art, McLean, VA; ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL; McKinney Contemporary, Dallas, TX and Palazzo Del Annunziata, Matera, Italy. He has been a visiting artist at universities around the United States conducting encaustic and printmaking workshops and has taught encaustic classes at Grand Maris Art Colony in MN, The Encaustic Center in TX, LaGrange Art League in IL, and The 6th International Encaustic Conference in Provincetown, MA. Hirst also is the owner of Hirst Printmaking, a Printmaking shop specializing in Intaglio, Screenprinting, and Experimental Approaches towards combining printmaking and encaustic.

Hirst received his MFA from Louisiana State University and BFA from the University of Minnesota. He is a recipient of a 2009 Minnesota State Arts Board grant and his work is in numerous public and private collections including Arcstone Technologies, Grant Thornton International, Great River Energy, Southern Graphics Council, and SAP America.

BioShimmer, encaustic on shaped panel, 21 x 18

Alterations Revisited, encaustic on shaped panel, 26 x 24

Global Alterations, encaustic on shaped panel, 44 x 39

Global Alterations Revisited, encaustic on shaped panel, 42 x 37

Carbon Coordinates, 58x56, encaustic on shaped panel

Breathless, encaustic on shaped panel, 39 x 33

Parallel Structure Revisited, encaustic on shaped panel, 39 x 37

Ritual, encaustic on shaped panel, 41 x 30

Aqua + Montrose, encaustic on shaped panel, 58 x 48

Silence, encaustic on shaped panel, 13 x 12

Fadeaway, encaustic on shaped panel, 11 x 10

Air and Steel 15, 11x7, encaustic and oil on panel