Jeff Whyman_bw Born – St. Louis, Missouri, maintain studio in Delray Beach, Florida
1981 – M.F.A. & 1979-1980 – M.A. University of California, Berkeley
1971-1972 – B.F.A. Kansas City Art
1973-1975 – Institute University of Miami

Steel Planar Sculptures series

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Expressionistic Tea Pots series – High Fire Stoneware, Clay and Ceramics

Intergalactic Vessels series – High Fire Stoneware, Clay and Ceramics

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ARTIST STATEMENT
Jeff Whyman has been exploring the expressive possibilities of sculptures for more than four decades creating large-scale abstract expressionistic steel figures and ceramics – performing fanciful arabesques, frenetic leaps or playful pivots – radiate a loose-limbed exuberance based on exaggeration of posture and precarious balance. The Planar abstract figures recall Picasso’s expressionistic Paintings of Dancers, their silhouettes displaying a fluidity similar to line drawing. Instead of dominated by the ponderous formalism characteristic of much steel sculpture.

“I remember the summer of 1958 in St. Louis, Missouri, when I was 5 years old watching the city sewer

company with their massive bulldozers digging up the earth and the clay to lay freshly extruded salt fired clay sewer pipes. I remember the sunlight on the glistening glazed surface that the sodium created and the beaded texture I felt as I rubbed my hands across its surface. The color reminded me of root beer with white speckles that reminded me of stars.

Pete Voulkos was already acclaimed in the art world for his pioneering breakthroughs. It would be 15 years before I would meet and work with Pete in Morrison, Colorado by Red Rocks Park in 1973. When Peter and I met we bonded in heart and mind and he adopted me as one of his many art children over his lifetime. We shared everything over the next 20 years. I loved him dearly and he watches over all of us now sitting with the angels. What I admired most of all about Peter was his courage, faith and love for the journey. When he left that workshop in 1973 he showed me the circle that he drew on the bottom of his work and told me that one day I would someday put the circle on my work. The circle represents the Universe. It took me 30 years to understand what he given me in friendship, love and honor but most of all in the spirit of God.

My work is all about each word that describes the beauty, wonder and majesty of life in our walk each day with the Almighty and all that is therein. The Clay, Earth, Dun, Minerals and the colors of our transitions and the eternal process of our existence. Always making and forever giving…”

BIOGRAPHY

Education
M.F.A. University of California, Berkeley, 1981
M.A. University of California, Berkeley, 1979-1980
Artist in Residence, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, Ca. 1977-1979
B.F.A. Kansas City Art Institute, 1971-1972, University of Miami, 1973-1975

Selected One Man Exhibitions
Cornell Museum of Art, Delray Beach, Fl, 2018 – An Evening with Jeff Whyman, artist lecture
Art Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, Fl, 2018
Red Dot Miami Art Fairs, Miami, Fl, 2017
Bailey Contemporary Arts, Ft Lauderdale, Fl. 2017
Rosenbaum Contemporary Gallery, Boca Raton, Fl. 2016
Leedy /Voulkos Art Center, Kansas City, Missouri, 2010, 2016
Armstrong Gallery, AMOCA, Pamona, California 2008, 2010
Augen Gallery, Portland, Oregon 1990, 1992
Elaine Baker Gallery, Boca Raton, Fl. 1990, 1992
Jaffe/Baker Gallery, Boca Raton, Fl. 1989
Ann Jaffe Gallery, Miami, Florida, 1988, 1990
White Bird Gallery, Cannon Beach, Oregon, 1988, 1990
American Crafts Counsel, San Francisco, Ca. 1986
Elliot Smith Gallery, St Louis, MO 1985,1986,1987
Boritzer Gray Gallery, Los Angeles, California, 1985, 1988, 1990
Richmond Art Center, Richmond, Ca. 1985
Barbara Gillman Gallery, Miami Florida, 1984, 1986
Source Gallery, San Francisco, Cal. 1984,1986
ISC- Transamerica Pyramid Corp., San Francisco, Ca. 1984
Source Gallery, San Francisco, 1982
Barbara Gillman Gallery, Miami Florida, 1982
Worth Ryder Art Gallery, U. of California, Berkley 1980
American Crafts Council, San Francisco, 1979
Mira Morgan Gallery, Kansas City , Missouri, 1979
American Crafts Council, San Francisco, California, 1977
Berkley Art Center, Berkeley California, 1976

Selected Public Collections
Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri
University of Missouri, St. Louis, Missouri
Meramec University, St. Louis Missouri
Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri
University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas
Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, Illinois
University of Miami, Miami, Florida
Lowe Art Museum, Coral Gables, Florida
Corporate Woods Sculpture Park, Overland Park, Kansas
FIU, Frost Museum, Miami, Florida
Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, Florida
Meyerhoff Gallery/Museum, Baltimore, Maryland
University of California, Berkeley, California
American Crafts Museum, NYC, New York
Richmond Art Center, Richmond, Virginia
Walnut Creek City Hall, Walnut Creek, California
Kaiser Aluminum, Oakland, California
Calistoga Winery, Calistoga, California
Palo Alto Center for the Arts, Palo Alto, California
Transamerica Pyramid Corp. San Francisco, California
San. Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco, California
Bellevue Art Museum, Seattle, Washington
Simple Earth Foundation, American Fork, Utah
American Museum of Ceramic Arts, “AMOCA”, Pomona, California
Sanboa International Ceramics Museum, Jingdezhen, China.
Bietz Ayel Art Institute, Jerusalem, Israel

Selected Private Collections
Nancy Kranzberg, Barbara Guggenheim & Associates, Don Reitz, Paul Soldner, Paula Reitz, Peter & Anne Voulkos, James Leedy, Marilyn Levine, Manuel Neri, Mark Di Suvero, Joan Brown, Elmer Bishof, Brian Wall, Andrew & Dalia Morgan, David Bestof, Dan Anderson, Martin Margulies.