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Artist ID: 2295

The artist's work is a mixed media blend of painting and drawing that blends the figurative with abstract landscapes. He uses fabric in his paintings to 'dress' the figure to create life-size representations of people documented from his daily experience.
Memory and a sense of place are conjured through these figures. The texture of the fabric invites the viewer to engage with the figures in close physical touch and intimacy, but accentuates a sense of isolation and emotional detachment from these anonymous figures.

His figurative focus is the visual language of gestures and how identity is formed from experience. He paints anonymous figures for the viewer to ‘give life’ to the image by projecting themselves, their memories and any other values or beliefs onto what they see. Jeff’s visual language of the figure depicts our struggles for power within our own locus of control. The artist expresses that an individual is not a static monolith but a shifting composite of their sum of experiences.

Jeff Rivers is an African-American, self-taught visual artist, designer, and community advocate who works to empower minority groups through social impact art programs and street art. Rivers’ mission as an artist is to fill the cracks of need and education within the Southern community, and to provide a sustainable and impactful service through his visual art practice:
“I believe it is my duty as an artist to give back and engage the community on an aesthetic and intellectual level that is accessible to all populations.”

Through community advocacy and art practice, Rivers works to increase access to art education and exhibition spaces for people of color. Rivers is an active arts educator who has worked across Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington D.C. and Columbia, S.C. Rivers’ project-based studio practice is centered around youth art programs, social impact art projects, school murals, and education workshops.

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