New artist, Jeff Fennel, joins the Art & Soul Family

Art & Soul gallery is delighted and proud to add Jeff Fennel to the gallery’s talented group of artists.

Drop by the gallery any time to see this extraordinary new work in person.  You won’t regret it!

Artist’s Statement

My personal artistic journey has led me in a variety of directions but always with the ideas of communication, expression and connection as the focus. This connection, the creative impulse that resonates between artist and viewer, through time and across cultural, gender and political boundaries is profoundly moving to me. My goal as an artist is to express my creative vision in direct, powerful and aesthetic ways, connecting with the viewer and provoking a deep, meaningful response within them.

Jeff is an award-winning artist and designer in a variety of mediums and disciplines; teaching digital art and entertainment design courses at Butte College in Northern California. Jeff has always had a deep passion for science fiction, mythology and culture. A major influence on Jeff as a child was the coverage and excitement of the space race and the Apollo program. His interests in astronomy & physics, science-fiction and cultural anthropology continue to inspire his work. He is a juried member of the I.A.A.A. (International Astronomical Artists Association) and a frequent guest at science-fiction conventions throughout the western U.S.  He has won dozens of awards over the years for his artistic vision and has been honored to be Artist Guest of Honor numerous times at major conventions.

Artifacts of Tomorrow 

Jeff’s work draws inspiration from a variety of cultures and creative disciplines. His interests in Science, Archaeology, Spirituality, Music & Nature combine in mysterious and unexpected ways. These diverse interests spiral in a visionary kaleidoscope resulting in exciting, dynamic paintings and sculptures with profound presence.

One of the strengths of Jeff’s work is the synergy and tension which exist between the aluminum and the imagery within the piece. The cool, industrial quality of the metal combined with visions inspired by nature, science or his inner spirit result in works that surpass their humble origins.

“The aluminum is such an exciting material to work with. The physical grinding of the surface into patterns which dance with energy and light is a real thrill. I generally have the music cranked and the motion and kinetic flow of the piece just develops itself. Each piece, each touch, each “brushstroke” is unique. Even when creating a series of similar pieces, they each develop their own voice, their own light, their own music.”

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