We’ve been fans of Jeff Soto’s imaginative and brilliantly rendered paintings for years and when he recently posted about his “Seekers” (above: The Nice and below: The Naughty), we just had to share them and his work with you all, again. These cuties are so seasonally appropriate with their candy cane fetish. The wonderful little “Seekers” are being released as prints on wood by the company Prints On Wood – (they have been doing some really nice fine art prints of artists we love.) They might be all sold out at this point, you’d better hurry!
Jeff never seems to have lost his inner child’s playfulness and vision. Yet, he deftly produces intense and scary, darker imagery as well – in a beautiful way (see Monster at very bottom of post). The depth and clarity to his layers is fantastic and his hairy little guys are beyond perfect. No one can capture the free wheelin’ furry critter like Jeff can. This owl (below) is one of my favorites pieces of Jeff’s, completed in 2011.
Below, an excerpt from a recent interview from WebEsteem with Jeff -
You mention that you have many influences, but is there one artist in or one particular art work that leaves you speechless?
There’s been several but the one that stands out was a Van Gogh. It was one of his many olive tree grove paintings. There was nothing really special about it, not one of his famous paintings or anything, but, I felt his presence, I could read his brush strokes, I could see his hand. It really affected me, and Van Gogh remains one of my favorites to this day.