Encaustic Artist Jeff League Global Vibrations at Miami Art Group Gallery Opening 1/10/09

Encaustic Artist Jeff League to present
‘Global Vibrations’ at Miami Art Group Gallery
Opening Saturday, January 10th from 8 pm to 10 pm

Florida Artist Jeff League holds awards from the Hasselblad Institute in Austria and recently had a work accepted into the permanent collection of the Museum of Florida Art.
Speaking of his exhibit, set to open on January 10th at the Miami Art Group Gallery, League says, “‘Global’ suggests maps and ‘Vibrations’ suggests the expanding world consciousness concerning the need for a green environment, sustainable energy, personal health and spiritual growth.” League works in mixed-media, but his fascinating surfaces are encaustic, one of the oldest forms of painting. Used by the ancient Greeks to decorate statuary and warships, and by the Egyptians to paint funeral portraits, encaustic is bee’s wax and resin, with or without pigment.
“Jeff League draws inspiration from archetypal imagery, and his work speaks to the complex relationship we have with nature and our role as caretakers of the environment,” says Gallery Director Dustin Benge. “I’ve admired Jeff’s work for years, and it is with great pleasure that we exhibit his work as it is receiving this increased recognition by museums and collectors.”
Jennifer Coolidge, Executive Director of the Museum of Florida Art says, “We are proud to welcome work by Jeff League to our permanent collection. League has exhibited through our Museum, and we are so pleased with the attention his work is getting by the collecting community. The mission of the Museum of Florida Art is to promote and showcase Florida Art and to make such resources available for the public.”
In addition, several of Mr. League’s works were recently acquired by the Polaroid Collection in Waltham, Massachusetts.
League lives and has a studio in Winter Park, Florida. “Some cultures,” he says, “are more attuned to the concept of environmentalism. I’m not a model citizen by far, but it’s in the forefront of my mind. This is why I do these pieces. The maps are old (League often incorporates maps into his works) suggesting that they are from a time before the industrial revolution… before we exploited land and resources.”
The exhibit will run from Saturday, January 10 to February 1, 2009.
Miami Design District | 126 NE 40th St. Miami, FL 33137
http://www.miamiartgroup.com/

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