In May of 2013, I had the privilege of attending the Portrait Society of America Conference. Im a little late in writing about it. My piece “Life 2” won an award of Honor. I also participated in the face off event of which I won the peoples choice award and was asked to do a painting demo for the conference attendees. Below are a few pictures of the event . The sketches are by James Gurney who drew as he watched many of us work (he is amazing). This April I will be attending again as part of the staff. I Hope to see some of you there.
“There are artists that are master draftsmen, who can capture the intricacies and the details of movement, light, line and shadow that comprise a painting in a manner that is mathematical and precise. Then there are expressionistic artists who with their brushstrokes can better capture the emotional essence of a person or the aura of a scene without conveying every detail. Finding an artist that can do both is rare, but Hein possesses that type of talent. His paintings draw to mind the types of images and emotion found in work by Albrecht Dürer or Rembrandt, who he cites as an influence on his artistic development…”
Read this rest of the Jetset article HERE
Today at the studio, Hein Academy of Art student, Heather Rison, snapped some quick photos of Jeff working on his current painting of his assistant, Lis. The painting has a similar theme and process as “Life #1”, with colored lighting on the side of the face and an animal in the hands of the subject.
Also, I hope you all notice the little parakeet sitting on Jeff’s shoulder… We have another studio pet! This little guy will be featured in the painting as well. More pictures to come!
Jeff Hein just completed the painting “Christ Heals the Multitude” (below) for a christian temple in Honduras. All of the figures were painted from life – no photography was involved. Jeff had each of the models come in at different scheduled times (one of which is his eight year old son), often posing with a mannequin stand-in for Christ, as to paint them in the correct context. Eventually, Jeff and his assistants buoyed mannequins for the front eight figures, and dressed them accordingly. From there, he was able to arrange the clothing according to aesthetic appeal as well as with accuracy, for the painting. Those around Jeff and his work have expressed that it was an incredible learning experience it has been to watch Jeff complete this painting, and learn from his process.
Please join me at the Hein Academy of Art to view two of my latest paintings. This is the only time they will be viewable by the publicbefore being shipped out of the country. The event will start at 5:30PM and end around 10:00PM, on Friday, September 28th, 2012.
We will also be having some other exciting events
First– I (Jeff Hein) and 10 ten students will be doing portraits throughout the night for the 11 highest bidders. Portrait drawings start at 7PM, so have your bids in by then! All others are free to watch. It should be fun!
Second– We will also be raffling off drawings at 9PM!
Why we need your Help
I and 18 students from the Hein Academy of Art have planned an educational trip to New York City where we will learn from the great works of many of the masters of painting and drawing. Your Art purchase will help many of the students afford sleep accommodation and food.
I officially opened the Hein Academy of Art almost 6 years ago and in that time have met and worked with many dedicated students but in recent years the sacrifices that I have seen students making, to fulfill their dreams, has been truly inspiring. I currently have about 30 students. Among them are students who have left their homes in places as far as Massachusetts, Virginia, Tennessee, Texas, Arizona, California and New York. They have traveled this far to dedicate there lives to serious study of art. Others have given up good Jobs, traditional education and social lives. I have seen students go without heat in the winter, unable to afford decent clothes or a winter coat, sell a car to pay bills, get buried in impossible medical bills, cram too many into tiny apartments, live on oatmeal and Raman, and survive on just a few hundred dollars per month. The list goes on and on. These are no ordinary students. They want their dreams bad and they have given up a lot to achieve them. These students are not looking for handouts. They want to earn their way and those of my students that can afford their own way want to work for those that can’t.
Come and enjoy the experience of having your portrait painted or participate in our raffle. You can help a student and get a great deal, or just come see some art and watch 11 portraits being drawn to show your support. Thank you and I hope to see you there.
Jeff Hein’s latest work, “Life #1” has been completed at sent off to Quidley and Company in Boston for a group figurative show. Jeff’s philosophy of working from life certainly hasn’t compromised here, not to mention the live snakes and rabbits… The amount of patience, dedication, skill, and creativity has been incredible for those around him to observe and feel a part of. We all look forward for seeing what Jeff creates next.
Below is another piece by Jeff where pan pastel was a main medium. You can see the light movements from the pastel more in the back. Also, take notice to how line is used in this drawing. Often times there is minimal line to help round the form, where in other areas, when used creatively, the dark lines help enhance the expression of the form – especially in areas where detail is purposely left out.