Jeffrey Hewitt was a lifelong artist and art appreciator, and an avid painter, photographer, and traveler. The whole of Jeffrey Hewitt’s oeuvre demonstrates an interest in abstraction and the human capacity to explore the imagination. As a painter, Hewitt worked in the realm of color field and abstract expressionism. Many of his paintings relate to or are in themselves a form of visual poetry. His vivid canvases point to an awareness of natural phenomena or manifestations of the opposite environments that the artist lived between; the urban environment of New York City and Dobbs Ferry NY, and the solitude of his home in Marshfield, Massachusetts.
As a photographer, Jeffrey Hewitt was interested in capturing the scenarios that he found himself in, highlighting a global lifestyle and the idiosyncrasies of American life. Natural beauty and textures, and the ideologies of individuality, freedom and social justice are also present in the catalogue of Jeffrey Hewitt’s photography. Through innovative manipulations of visual technologies, Hewitt explored the limitations of abstraction creating digital works which transcend simple interventions of pre-existing data. This technological approach can be seen inspiring and feeding his overall body of work presented here.
In all of these cases, Jeffrey Hewitt was insightful in his craft, and mindful of the history and capabilities of his media. Hewitt was a natural in regards to composition and intuitive in his painting process, but what makes his artworks particularly lucid is the emotional and political complexities that surround them, particularly in the subversive qualities of his text pieces.
These works were collected primarily from two studios in New York and Massachusetts, as well as a vast digital collection of images. They vary in age though this collection is indicative of primarily works created within the last 20 years. Within the contents of Jeffrey’s photography collection, there are photos that date back to his early adulthood. Presented here is a large portion of several years worth of cataloguing and revealing strategies that holistically represent the artwork of Jeffrey Hewitt.