Paper Cranes by Jeff Muhs
Oil on Canvas
52 x 60 in
Born on June 24, 1966, in Southampton, NY, his father was a sculptor who taught Muhs wood carving at a young age. He received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 1988.
Muhs is largely known for his work as a painter and exhibited in galleries, collections, and museums nationwide. Continually inspired by the light and water and horizon that surround him, his painting has undergone an evolution from its beginnings of literal depictions of his environment, a journey of synthesis and simplification, roughly paralleling the history of twentieth-century art.
Muhs explains, “My father was a hunting and fishing guide, so I was always out on the water with him, sunrise, sunset, my whole life. So this natural area became the inspiration for me, artistically.”
The inspiration remains consistent, but the works are reduced to the point of abstraction, with a modernist touch. The artist’s works are held in the collections of the Guild Hall Museum in East Hampton, NY, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the collection of Beth Rudin DeWoody, among others. Muhs continues to work from his studio in Southampton, NY.