Jeff Elrod is an American abstract painter who employs both digital and analog processes to create his work.
Early in his career, Elrod developed “frictionless drawing”, a technique which combines digital and manual processes. Within the digital workspace Elrod makes gestural, abstract drawings with a computer mouse that he then renders on canvas by hand using a projector, tape, and paint. These digitally-designed analog paintings were most typical of Elrod’s practice until 2009 when he made a painting titled Dream Machine (for Brion Gysin). Inspired by the artist and poet Brion Gysin’s “Dream Machine” project of the 1960s, Elrod began exploring how to create the hallucinatory effects intended by Gysin’s machine. The resultant body of work have become known as “blur” paintings which display digitally processed images, sourced from Elrod’s own previous artworks most notably the aforementioned Dream Machine (for Brion Gysin). Once manipulated on the computer, the images are printed directly onto canvas, creating all over fields of colored soft cloud like forms that resist focus. Since that time, Elrod has continued to sample from his own creative output and explore the possibilities of image making solely in a digital workspace. In recent years he has also expanded his compositions using shaped canvases as grounds. Throughout his work, Elrod aims to depict a kind of “screen space” in order to examine the dichotomy between traditional painterly space and the virtual space of the computer.
Elrod has exhibited at numerous major institutions including MoMA PS1, Long Island City, NY; The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT; The Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art, Palm Beach, FL; and The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO.
His paintings are in many prominent public collections such as the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection in Washington D.C.; Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; and The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN.
Elrod is the recipient of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award in 1998 as well as the Claire Hart De Goyer Award given by the Dallas Museum of Art in 1992.
Born in Irving, Texas, the artist currently lives and works in Marfa, Texas.