Alan Taylor Jeffries


I am a self-taught Abstract Expressionist painter working primarily in oils. My work can be found in private collections nationally and internationally.

I agree with the critic who once said that a painting does not have to be "about" anything other than the process of its own creation. I am also guided by two quotes. The first is from Jean-Michel Basquiat: “I start a picture and I finish it. I don’t think about art while I work. I try to think about life.” The second is from Chuck Close: "Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work."


I never begin with a plan or image in mind. I simply start applying paint to canvas until something interesting happens. Then that “something” suggests the next thing, and the next, and so on, until a kind of internal logic emerges which I then attempt to follow. I never know what the finished product will be, so I would characterize each painting as a visual record of the interplay between randomness and control.


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