Greek Head, 2021, foil on canvas, 36 x 32 inches
Description of work
I start with a photo. It is scaled up and then transferred into foil and adhered onto a canvas. Foil is very thin and commonly used in packaging as a metallic, gloss or even for a matte effect. Layers of foil create a richer and more nuanced look. It's like a combination of offset printing and painting. The material, typically used commercially, can also be applied as an art medium.
What's hard to see on this website is the way in which the image comes alive with light. As the day changes so does the piece. Dim light may bring out a matte surface, while bright light may cause the metallics to glow brightly. There's no illusion of light. It is light itself. Colors and shapes will change much like in nature
Jeff Kinzel has been working with the medium of foil for more than twenty years, applying it to both abstract and figurative subjects. Born and raised in New York, Jeff pursued his initial art studies at the Art Students League and the National Academy, also working as a studio assistant to painter Ellsworth Kelly. Later, he undertook graduate art courses at the University of Iowa. He currently runs a small school on a farm, and maintains an art studio in Asheville, NC.