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Jeff Ferst
San Miguel De Allende, Mexico

About the Artist

Jeff is a colorist, an abstractionist and most of all a storyteller.

Over the years, since early childhood, he has created art. In his youth in the Bronx drawing was his thing. In his early years at NYU Jeff was a print maker and created vibrant serigraph prints and etchings. He also was enamored with the tactile arts – ceramics and sculpture. He was lucky starting off to get representation at a Greenwich Village gallery – the 8th Street Gallery when he was 19.

Then as a young adult Jeff discovered Canada, moved to Toronto and found his stride as a painter. Still true to his colourist…

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About the Artist

Jeff is a colorist, an abstractionist and most of all a storyteller.

Over the years, since early childhood, he has created art. In his youth in the Bronx drawing was his thing. In his early years at NYU Jeff was a print maker and created vibrant serigraph prints and etchings. He also was enamored with the tactile arts – ceramics and sculpture. He was lucky starting off to get representation at a Greenwich Village gallery – the 8th Street Gallery when he was 19.

Then as a young adult Jeff discovered Canada, moved to Toronto and found his stride as a painter. Still true to his colourist roots painting still life and landscapes of the Canadian countryside. Galleries liked the work and began to represent him. As Jeff grew as a painter he began to play with texture. He also began to explore abstractions.

The abstractions were at first fluid geometrics which were a play of color, form & texture. At the same time he was continuing my landscape paintings to meet the demand of his gallery affiliates. Then he fell in love with Tucson and the Sonoran desert. Moving there in 2012 changed his life.

After moving here the work changed. Jeff's love of the desert came out in mhiswork. Vibrant sunsets of intense colour became the focus to satisfy those who followed his landscapes and his abstractions became stories of life in the desert. These deconstructed landscapes if you will are vibrant paintings rich in symbol and emotion.

Then in 2019 he moved to Mexico – San Miguel de Allende. Like Tucson it is the high desert but it is more temperate and offers a better quality of life and freedom for his family and work. Here he paints glorious colorful stories of life in this colonial city. Jeff also paints his garden and the abundant flora and fauna of the area. Recently he joined up with a cooperative gallery in SMA called Galeria Izamal.

Throughout his career he has participated in a variety of known shows like Red Dot Miami, Scope Hamptons, Art Expo, etc, and has had relationships with galleries here in the US and Canada. He also has been a supporter of the US State Dept Art in Embassy program and has had more work exhibited globally including alongside Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, and Robert Indiana. In fact in the exhibition catalog his work "Fantasia" was singled out for being the "flagship piece of the exhibit."

Jeff has also had the good fortune to have various publications cover his work calling his paintings “flamboyant,” “juicy,” and “full of life”.

These days he has a personal project I am invested in – his family. He also has rediscovered his joy for painting, while picking up a new medium – mosaics. Mosaics really embodies a culmination of his experiences in the art world over his lifetime. It represents not just a creative way for Jeff to express himself but it also allows him the opportunity to make art more accessible by offering his art on a variety of surfaces and opens up new doors to where the art can be placed. That’s where the name for this website comes from – Color & Joy.

Yet at the heart of everything remains his love for creating art that is joyful and colorful.

Recent Exhibitions:

Artist’s Work

Landscapes
Walking on a cloud
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Walking on a Cloud

By Jeff Ferst

Gates oass
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Gates Pass

By Jeff Ferst

Arizona 3
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Arizona

By Jeff Ferst

Rainbow clouds
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Rainbow Clouds

By Jeff Ferst

A beautiful morning
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A Beautiful Morning

By Jeff Ferst

View from the foothills
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View From the Foothills

By Jeff Ferst

Jacaranda time
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Jacaranda Time

By Jeff Ferst

Monsoon shower
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Monsoon Shower

By Jeff Ferst

Sunrise sunset 2
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Sunrise Sunset

By Jeff Ferst

Sunrise serenade 3
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Sunrise Serenade

By Jeff Ferst

A new dawn
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A New Dawn

By Jeff Ferst

A brilliant sky
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A Brilliant Sky

By Jeff Ferst

A song for arizona
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A Song for Arizona

By Jeff Ferst

Mosaics
Sunflowers 21
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Sunflowers

By Jeff Ferst

Cactus flowers
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Cactus Flowers

By Jeff Ferst

Garden party 2
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Garden Party

By Jeff Ferst

Abstract in green
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Abstract in Green

By Jeff Ferst

Abstractions
Desert wind
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Desert Wind

By Jeff Ferst

Desert delight
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Desert Delight

By Jeff Ferst

Pomegranates 4
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Pomegranates

By Jeff Ferst

Agosto
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Agosto

By Jeff Ferst

Mi jardin
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Mi Jardin

By Jeff Ferst

Cactus garden 2
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Cactus Garden

By Jeff Ferst

Independencia
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Independencia

By Jeff Ferst

Desert jambalaya
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Desert Jambalaya

By Jeff Ferst

A garden
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A Garden

By Jeff Ferst

Botanica
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Botanica

By Jeff Ferst

Yellow trees
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Yellow Trees

By Jeff Ferst

Selected Exhibitions

  • Galeria Izamal
    San Miguel de Allende, 2020
  • Tucson International Airport
    Tucson, AZ, 2019
  • Art House Centro
    Tucson, AZ, 2018
  • Artful Living Gallery
    Tucson, AZ, 2017
  • Artful Living Gallery
    Tucson,AZ, 2016

Press and Accolades

  • Tucson Lifestyle Magazine
    2015
  • Dushanbe Catalog
    2012
  • Multiple Other

Education

  • New York University, BFA
    NYC, NY,1973 
  • Art Students league, Bronze Medal
    NYC, NY,1972