Jeff Van Dyke

b.1953

I am an acupuncturist and artist who has been involved with treating people with HIV/AIDS in my own practice and at an AIDS residence. As someone who is HIV positive, I initially returned to painting as a way to express my anger during early years of the crisis . Painting became my greatest joy and an important survival mechanism. HIV positive for over twenty years, I've remained healthy and happy and my work has become increasingly cheerful, light hearted and life-affirming. Created out of a sense of well-being, my work expresses harmony and spirituality and is intended to be up lifting. I've produced hundreds of works.

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I create images that express universality by using patterns that have appeared in various cultures. My work references the roots of modernism and the materials I use – carved wood, fabric, and metals – reflect basic concerns and give my work a timeless quality that is both accessible, yet mysterious. The paintings appear to change with the light, expressing dual themes of the permanent and the ephemeral. The metal surfaces reflect changing ambient light and since the surfaces are often textured or carved, they also change with the angle of light. The work has taken on a more textural quality, using pumice, sand, and burlap, but still retaining the use of metallic leaf. The edges of the paintings, finished with fine-line patterns from Greek and Southwestern pottery, contribute to the organic familiarity of the decorative effect and eliminate the need for frames.

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EXHIBITIONS:

2005 Magnifico Restaurant 2006 Magnifico Restaurant 2009 Postcards from the Edge 2010 Jackson Hall Gallery 2010 Ninth Avenue Saloon 2011 Small Works, Harper College 2011Small Wonders, The Artist’s Gallery, Flagstaff, AZ 2011Small Works Invitational, Elon University 2011 Postcards from the Edge 2012 Postcards from the Edge 2013 Postcards from the Edge 2014 Postcards from the Edge; 2016 "Pattern Play" Johnson & Johnson World Headquarters