SAM THE BUTCHER contemporary art

Artist Statement


Jeffrey PalladiniThe Vast Remainder

In these paintings are captured, in bright brief flashes, complex emotion and intense intimacy. With minimal information provided, to the viewer is left the imperative of exploring the vast remainder. From a movie still is extrapolated a full film of character, pacing, plot and script. From a paragraph, an entire novel. From a brief encounter, a lifetime of histories and potentialities. From a single windowpane spreads a wide, complicated landscape. From one charged moment, the story extends infinitely in all directions. As in memory, all is viewed in snapshots, in glimpses. Complex narratives, transformative events, entire lifetimes, boiled down to these singular points in time.                              

Jeffrey Palladini was born in 1968 in the Chicago area and grew up in Southern California. He studied art at California State University, Long Beach, 1968-1990, where he explored a wide range of media, eventually gravitating toward drawing and painting. It wasn’t until his studies in Florence, Italy, in 1989 that he began to form a consistent creative voice. The ubiquitous beauty of art in everyday life in Italy had a profound effect on the young artist and he began experimenting with combining the found objects and classical figurative imagery he encountered everywhere around him. From that time, Palladini has considered canvas simply too passive and he has continued to work almost exclusively using wood as the ground for his paintings.

In 1991, Palladini relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area where he lives and works with his wife, psychotherapist Theresa Hall and daughter Lola. He continues to develop his unique vocabulary of dramatic figurative imagery, combined with compelling linear and pattern elements, which serve to enhance and inform the narrative of each work.

Palladini has exhibited his work in solo, group and juried exhibitions since 1991. His work is included in many private and corporate collections. He is represented by Sandra Lee Gallery in San Francisco, CA, Gallery IMA in Seattle, WA, and Brian Marki Fine Art in Portland, OR.

 “You would be forgiven were you to think that Palladini were quoting or paraphrasing frames from a film noir classic or nouvelle vague landmark. Instead, of course, he is “shooting” his own movies – or, rather, shooting into cinematic conventions, bringing their emotional truths and manipulations to the surface, freezing them onto obdurate panels, and allowing them – now given both depth and gloss by their painterliness – to move us without benefit of story line. Palladini does not bring us to these climactic scenes and Greek choruses through any narrative arc; if anything, he reverses such a process, positing singular incidents from which we might devolve the narratives that led to them. Even so, the paintings are no mere film stills, but, again, renditions of human actions made visually – and thus emotionally – vibrant with pigment, hand-drawn line, and judicious suppression of background detail. “

 - Peter Frank, from “Jeffrey Palladini:  The Big Picture”, 2006

Exhibition courtesy of Sandra Lee Gallery, San Francisco, CA,