'Craig’s paintings demand we look at them. They entice us in and hold our attention as we are taken on a journey across the paint surface. They are dynamic and exciting but these hard won images honed through his constant drawing and reassessment have the sensitivity and an observation of the everyday that reminds us of Joan Eardley. Beautiful, thoughtful, honest and exciting. What more could one want from painting. A bright young rising star within the New English Art Club Craig has a great future. We are lucky to have him!'
Peter Brown NEAC ROI
We would like to introduce you to 'A Different way of Seeing' a solo exhibition by Craig Jefferson NEAC.
The launch will be on Saturday 16th October 2021, where you can meet the artist who currently lives in Northern Ireland as well as a chance to enjoy over 30 brand new paintings and unique bronze sculptures.
Born in Scotland, Jefferson’s career in the arts began in Leith, a small town above Edinburgh renown for its art school. After a period of study there, the artist decided to pursue his studies further by enrolling at Edinburgh College of Art where he graduated in Drawing and Painting with Honours.
Now living in Northern Ireland Jefferson continues to exhibit across the UK and Ireland taking part in several notable exhibitions such as the Columbia Threadneedle Prize, the Royal Scottish Academy Annual Exhibition and the Lynn-Painter Stainers Prize. In 2016 the artist was elected to become a member of the prestigious New English Art Club- a society of contemporary painters.
Recently shortlisted for the Scottish Portrait Awards Jefferson continues to adapt and play with a large variety of subject matter ranging from portraiture to figurative scenes to still life with inspiration from various artists including Frank Auerbach, Joan Eardley and Leon Kossoff.
Jefferson’s colour palette features extreme primary colours of bright cadmium reds that are balanced by subdue neutral tones of grey and brown. Thick wet brushstrokes of neon colour breaks up and disperses the composition, leading the eye around the picture.