A native of rural Western Oklahoma, Jeff Dodd has been painting realistic portraits and landscapes for nearly 30 years. Drawing since he was a child, Dodd received his formal education from Southwestern Oklahoma State University where he graduated with a degree in commercial art. After a brief stint as a student at Wichita State University, Dodd relocated to New York City to study drawing at the Art Students League under noted teacher Tony Ryder. However, it was only after he had moved to Santa Fe in 1991 that Dodd first began painting, stating that his influences came from the art of Rembrandt, Monet, and Francis Bacon.
This show starts with Dodd’s early paintings from the 1990s and continues to his current body of work. In this exhibition we can see a complex artist who, over decades, revisits very personal themes of his spirituality, a love of expressing the truth and highlighting contradiction.