The American Dream meets overindulgence, debt, recessions, divorce, the predominantly two income family, and a better educated,
over- medicated generation of self-entitled idealists.
Jeffrey Hayden Shurdut (Am. b. 1967) grew up in a model postmodern suburban community during the 1980's. A champion of the American landscape, Shurdut paints in deep psychological fields, and is most recognized for his portrait of fantasy and fallout in a world of unrealistic expectation.
Symbolism: Red and white stripe, white fences, big smiles and big eyes first make their appearance in 1999,
Style compared to: Max Ernst, Jean Debuffet, Erland Cullberg, Karel Appel, Willem De Kooning meets Jasper Johns.
Shurdut pierces the veil of the American hero Norman Rockwell and draws what is, rather than what we imagine, hope, or wish it to be.
"Painting is helping people see what is already there." -Jeffrey Hayden Shurdut
Awards, Selected Exhibitions, Installations:
The Whitney Museum of American Art, Biennial (2008), Columbia University, Annual Art Installation Grant Award, Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (1994), The University of Pennsylvania, Guest Artist, Ars Nova (2006), The Schine Center (1989), Avery Fisher Hall (1994); juried by: The International Gallery of Contemporary Art, The National Gallery at the Smithsonian Institute, The University of California at Berkeley. Funding: The New York State Council for the Arts (2013), The New York State Council for the Arts (2002), The New York State Council for the Arts, City Parks (2006).
Recipient of The MM&A Foundation Grant (2014).
Artist In Residence: "BIG EYES", Sweden (1999).
Selected Galleries: Galleri Rubens (Sweden, Darlana), Galleri Elenor, V-17, Tonne (Norway, Oslo), Galleri Reykjavik (Iceland), The Gallery Center at Boca Raton (Fla.), The Midoma Studio, Gallery 128, Carlo Alessi (Chelsea, NYC), Galleri Kronan (Sweden). Selected Articles & Appearances: The NY Times (Nov. 19, 2000- Section 11), NBC's "Live at Five," WLIW, Metro
TV (USA), Luvika Tidning (Sweden), IMPASTO! (USA), and The State of Art (Belgium).
Prisoners Of Hope, Big Eyes, Behind White Fences, Soccer Mom, Big Smiles, Flat On Your Face, American Holocaust