My creative process has been shaped by intuition, dreams, personal fears, and a sense of humor. Transformation and simultaneity are ideas that remain central in my work. Heads, faces, and masks become primary signifiers of human emotion and identity, while saturated color is crucial in intensifying their visual and psychological impact.
My most recent paintings, Grid Heads and Topsy Turvy,are a synthesis of these ideas. In these works the grid, which is usually identified with stability, becomes quite destabilized.
Jeff Way is from Southern Ohio. He has a BA from Kenyon College and an MA from NYU. His artwork has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the U.S. and abroad. Way’s exhibitions have been reviewed in publications including ARTFORUM, Art In America, Art News, Flash Art, The New York Times, The New York Observer, and the Village Voice. His work is included in private and public collections including The Whitney Museum, Philadelphia Museum, Chase Manhattan Bank, American Telegraph and Telephone Corporation, the Lannan Foundation, and the Gulbenkian Foundation.
He has received the National Endowment for the Arts for Painting, the New York Foundation for the Arts Grant for Painting, CAPS Grant for Graphics and the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship. Way is a professor of fine arts at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Way lives and works in NYC.