Using the beautiful language of color, my Astrophotography reveals the magical and mystical nature of the Universe. These images bring an awareness to the surface, a further pondering of where we are in the cosmos, the really BIG picture.
The metaphor of a germinating seed most accurately describes how I feel when creating my images. The universe has planted the seed, and my process is all about the uncovering, bringing something unconscious to the conscious level.
It is a challenge to create images of phenomena so many thousands if not millions of light years away.I love the constant interplay of the movement of color, where I have the freedom to emphasize key areas within each piece. There is a certain mystery and anticipation that is forever entrancing.
My technique is similar to that of an abstract artist, flowing with and allowing what the image is wanting to express. The process becomes a multidimensional and intricate journey, where I trust what is meant to become visible will emerge from the mysterious darkness. I find inspiration from the painters Roberto Matta and Gerhardt Richter, where the identification of the composition is just out of reach, encouraging further and further detailed attention to see the multi-dimensional facets of alien worlds.The works of Helen Frankenthaler also appeal to me from the standpoint of varying color fields and non-uniform color placement, with viscous fluidity.
When playing with the light from the Universe, I feel a strong connection to something larger than ourselves. I want viewers to feel a sense of awe and appreciation, to get a glimpse of the magic of the universe, a perspective on our unique existence.
My work creates anticipation and excitement about what else we might learn as we gaze up at the night sky.
Jeff A. Brown is a photographer of the cosmos, capturing the light from distant galaxies, star clusters and nebulae in amazing detail. In his astrophotography he uses eye catching color palettes to accentuate key features of far flung objects.
For the last 10 years, Jeff has been experimenting with acrylic and oil painting, digital art and sculpture, ranging from realism to abstract styles.Prior to that, Jeff spent over 25 + years as a software solutions architect, involved in the details of software design as well as the management of large teams of technical professionals. Designing and creating software was a creative process for him, as he enjoyed finding solutions to business needs. Jeff finds a similar challenge with astrophotography, where he sees the process as a puzzle. His art is an excellent mesh between technical ‘systems’ thinking and creative expansive exploration.
The technical proficiency required for success in both Jeff’s early career carries over to this unique pursuit.Both require patience, tenacity and an aptitude for diving deep into a subject.Jeff’s astrophotography requires precision combined with creativity. It is a true blending of science and art.
Recent Exhibitions, Awards & Appearances:
Lecture on Astrophotography, December 13, 2018 at the Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA.
Photography & The Creative Eye Juried Competition 2018, Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA.
Colorspace Juried Competition 2018, Black Box Gallery, Portland, OR.
Planet Pulse - Earth and Climate Change Juried Competition 2018, Santa Cruz Art League, Santa Cruz, CA.
2nd Annual Skies Juried Art Exhibition July 2018, Fusion Art, 3rd Place Award.
On March 22, 2018, one of my images 'Boomerang Relic' was given the Image of the Day award on the astrophotography site Astrobin.com.
Poetics of Light Juried Competition 2018, Black Box Gallery, Portland, OR.
4th Annual Landscape Juried Art Exhibition January 2019, Fusion Art
Astrophotography Lecture and Workshops at Pixar Animation Studios, Emeryville, CA, March 2019
"Look at the sky. We are not alone. The whole universe is friendly to us and conspires only to give the best to those who dream and work." - A. P. J. Abdul Kalam