Facing the format.
Ten yards away: we fully capture the subject.
Five yards away: the eye focuses on the rhythms of nuances that compose it.
A yard away: fine clouds.
An inch or two: a myriad of lines, forming variable masses.
The heart of the subject cannot be perceived as a whole.
Loss of visual references.
Jeff Gwegan started to exhibit collectively in 1991 during his studies in Paris. He was a member of a group of three young visual artists who shared a common sensibility to drawing and matter, each with his own particular expression. They organised several private exhibitions until 1993.
One of his Penninghen professors, Roland Guillaumel (1950 First Second Grand Prix of Rome in Sculpture) has been one of his earliest and most important influences both from an academic point of view and as regards rigor of composition.
His early research was systematically conducted with gouache, hard Conté chalk on raw materials, especially wrapping paper wrinkled, marouflaged onto recycled wooden panels. The use of such raw, extremely simple materials was reflected in his minimalist drawings or those permeated with nervous energy.
In the mid-90s, he focused on a professional career as an art director then a design consultant before resuming his quest for artistic expression. During a visit to the Tangent gallery in San Francisco in the spring of 2015, he discovered the work of Antonio Marra which had a trigger effect helping him to continue his quest.