“Black and White: A study in charcoals” Charcoal on Paper Exhibition
Jeff Plucker is a Maine based artist who lives in Topsham. He received a B.S. in Art Education from the University of Maine in 1987.
Jeff likes exploring the medium of charcoal drawing using unconventional drawing techniques, laying a base drawing resembling Abstract Expressionism and then redefining his drawing by adding a second traditional image on top to produce powerful yet subtle imagery.
Jeff chose charcoal on paper because it is the oldest and most basic form of visual media. Drawing with charcoal seems to have lost its importance in the contemporary art world and I want to challenge that notion. I use various techniques to push the traditional boundaries of charcoal drawing. At times I will choose not to tell a complete visual story and use the ambiguity of blurred line with a minimum of background to form a sense of mystery. I believe there should always be an element of mystery in a good piece of art to entice the observer to keep coming back.