Oakland, CA / Manila
jeffgz+art@gmail.com

The pursuit of peace gives purpose to my painting, brought to life by a curiosity for international culture, art history, everyday objects, and objective values.

My process begins with thinking – thinking about the things we see and interact with every day. Things like maps, flags, clocks, currencies, useful patterns and symbols. These lead me to broader topics like cartography, vexillology, horology, numismatics, semiotics and symbolism. I plumb the depths of such and similar subjects, finding inspiration along the way.

I look up to great creatives of the 20th century, wanting to “carry the torch,” as it were, from where artists like Jasper Johns, Josef Albers, Agnes Martin, and Alma Thomas left it. There is much to be done with painting still inspired by painting, by daily life and the inner life, and by care, color, and play. While the art world hurtles past postmodernity, I step back to serve the unfulfilled ambition of modernity – to make for humanity a better place.

It was the painter Wassily Kandinsky who declared that art is “a power which must be directed to the improvement and refinement of the human soul.” I wield this power by searching world cultures not only for art and visual artifacts but truth and wisdom. The inquiries of modern art, so largely (yet vaguely) preoccupied with spiritual concerns, are a fitting vehicle for findings both physical and metaphysical. International peace must begin with inner peace.

My work builds a bridge between society’s many divides. Divides that separate fine art from everyday life, the secular from the spiritual, and painting from purpose. There remain gaps between nations and neighbors that art in the spirit of interculturalism can help close. Let us transform “art for its own sake” into “art for our sake.”

Available upon request.

  • September 2021
    “Inflammatory Maxims”—a text installation— after Holzer and The Pythia. See here…

  • August 2021
    Two paintings, on classical and contemporary Eastern religious symbolism and pure abstraction. See here…

  • July 2021
    Six paintings, on contemporary Russian and historical Shi’ite flags (13th-19th Centuries). See here…

  • March 2021
    New website launched. (Welcome, and thank you for visiting!)

  • December 2020 
    Jeffrey’s “Forever and Ever” series (Nos. 1-12) awarded third place in the 2020 international Engage Art contest. Read more

  • October 2020
    Jeffrey’s Maxims (400 B.C.-2020) featured at “No Show,” a group exhibition hosted by Deco Art Gallery in partnership with Oakland Art Murmur. See the show catalogue and learn more about Maxims here…