Established in 1998, the Collectors’ Circle print program highlights outstanding Texas artists and encourages interest in contemporary art by commissioning a new print or multiple every year, which is available to our Collectors’ Circle members and above.
Jeffrey Dell was born in California and raised in Oregon. He received his BA in Studio Art from Hamline University in St.Paul, Minnesota. He spent two years at a post-baccalaureate program at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. Subsequently, he completed his MFA in Printmaking from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. He served two years as a Fellow at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica in Venice, Italy from 1998-2000. Four of his monumental mezzotint prints inspired by Venice were exhibited in New Art in Austin: 22 to Watch in 2005. One from that series, Palazzo Ducale; Pigeons, is now part of the collection of AMOA-Arthouse. Since then, he has been teaching studio art at Texas State University-San Marcos.
Dell’s 2012 Collectors’ Circle Print, Tandem, comes out of the artist’s current interests in human cravings and desires, and how our perceptions are highly affected by the things that we covet. The perceptual shifts in this print—flat to spatial, subtle hue changes, ambiguity in proximity and direction—are moments in this transformation. Tandem, while evoking a pairing, comes from Latin where it actually means “at last…, finally….”
Tandem is a variable edition print, meaning that there are subtle changes from one print to the next.
IMAGE: Jeffrey Dell, Detail of Tandem, 2012, Screenprint, 30 x 22 inches