Using haunting motifs of communication and aircraft towers, Edmonton artist Jeff Sylvester creates intricate resin and wood panel paintings investigates the integration of technology found in natural landscapes.
Through an intricate process of layering thick coats of resin between paint, wood panel, and frisket, Jeff Sylvester is able to create dynamic compositions that move and shift with the changing light throughout the day. “The paint plays a crucial role in that it is the colour and texture to the image, but it’s the resin that brings it to life”.
In his latest body of work entitled Signals, Jeff Sylvester focuses on the integration of technology in natural landscape. “It’s becoming increasingly difficult to gaze upon an open field without coming upon a communication tower or building with its aircraft warning lights looming in the background.” Sylvester uses these structures and lights as a motif that speaks to the desensitization of technology in nature: “These red eyed sentinels seemingly keep watch over the land with passive indifference. As time moves forward, they increasingly become just another element of our environment that we notice less of everyday.”
Born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Jeff Sylvester first began his art career twenty years ago after graduating with graphic design from Grant MacEwan University. Sylvester’s work can be seen in private and corporate collections all across Canada.