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JEFF THIELMAN

My interest in art actually began much later than I would wish now, being virtually nonexistent throughout my high school and college years. It wasn't until after attaining a degree in business administration that I suddenly realized what it was that I really wanted to do. I had always had a strong interest in film and began to cultivate dreams of one day becoming a matte painter or concept designer in some aspect of the entertainment industry. However, I soon realized that in order to accomplish that goal, I would have to develop all of the necessary foundational academic skills that would give my work both the credibility and realism it needed to succeed in that arena - so at that point, I hit the books. I began studying composition, value, perspective, color theory, etc... until eventually I found myself leaning more toward a newfound appreciation for fine art and less in the direction of production art. Today, although I've shifted away from my one-time-focus on the entertainment industry, my current work is still heavily influenced by it, mostly from old black and white horror movies, various stop-motion animations, and an ever increasing variety of low-budget (or no budget) B-movies, indie films and a wide range of music. I also have a casual interest in philosophy and mythology. Going forward, I intend to broaden the scope of my art through the incorporation of an ever increasing range of disciplines, including sculpture, custom fabrication and sign writing. I hope to continue to develop my skills to a point that will allow me to work on a bigger scale while also integrating a wide variety of textures and materials not commonly found amongst currently existing "gallery art".

Whitehall, Michigan

Portrait of Yandis
Gouache on cardboard

Portrait of Edgar
Gouache on cardboard