Join us in the latest Art Exhibit by Mr. Jeff Bear. The exhibition will includenew and “classic” artwork by Jeff Bear - Art teacher at the American Community Schools of Athens for over twenty years.
In the work shown here the art elements of color, light, form and composition are the subjects of most of the photographs. The images with people provide another form of abstraction, taking from each person a fraction of a second of their essence.
The collages continue my play with those art elements and use combinations of photographic images to create new abstract forms. The titles of the collages indicate the subjects or themes at the edge of my mind as I worked, while the titles of the photographs usually refer to the location or origin of the composition.
I believe there is beauty and worth hidden all things, no matter how humble, and if we learn how to really see, we can find that beauty and it will enrich our lives.
- June 3 - June 14, 2013 - School Hours
(Opening Wednesday June 5, 16:00 - 20:00)
- The Lobby of the Theater at ACS Athens
Here is what Mr. Bear has said about his education, his travels and his art, in the past:
When I was a student at Faulkner Street Elementary School in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, I discovered two things: I was an artist. I wanted to teach art. That these revelations were inspired by my art teacher, Faith Lee, I record here along with my regret that I never really told her how much she meant to my life. I taught myself how to draw and paint; Mrs. Lee taught me how one shares a love of art through teaching.
At the Hill School in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, I found that I had a talent for caricature and cartooning and I also learned how to write. Then during four years at Wesleyan University in the 1960’s, I discovered that sculpture and welding were fun. I worked in metal during the years I taught and exhibited in Florida before moving to New England.
For the decade that I taught in the greater Boston area, I became more interested in photography and painting as I discovered that sculpture was neither portable nor profitable. The portability requirement became even more relevant when I took my first teaching post outside of the U.S.A. in 1981.
Actually, Athens, Greece, already had enough sculpture, although TASIS, at that time, needed an art teacher. My first years in Greece were well spent, since I met my lovely Scottish wife, Chris.
During work and residence in Indonesia, England, Spain and Jordan, my personal artwork was mostly photography and drawing. Upon a return to Greece, I entered what I think of as my “doodle period.” Those drawings featured high contrast patterns and whimsical, intricate subjects that satisfied some neurotic inner need for minute detail.
Then I began working with collage and three dimensional assemblages. These pieces were often inspired by my poetry and I discovered what I call my “magpie eye” after that bird’s fascination with bright metallic things. Also, upon my retirement after 44 years of teaching, I’ve started to delve into photographic images again, searching for abstract forms in humble subjects I find around me wherever I am.
Making these things has always given me great pleasure and I enjoy sharing that pleasure with others.