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JEFF BLIUMIS


Cover: In Touch, 2018, oil on canvas, 49x49 in.

Ellipsis Art is an art advisory firm that provides a full range of services in art acquisition, collection management, curatorial advice. Our mission is to create a direct dialogue between collectors and select artists and artists’ estates not currently represented by galleries. By working exclusively with artists and their estates, we create a unique opportunity for collectors to acquire art directly from artists.

ANGELICA SEMMELBAUER / Art Advisor angelica@ellipsis-art.com


JEFF BLIUMIS


Born in 1958 in Chișinău, Moldova (formerly part of the USSR), Jeff Bliumis graduated from Schusiev Art School, and after emigrating to the United States in 1973, he studied at Columbia University, earning a BA in mathematics. Yet even there “he took as many art classes as he could”, deeply feeling his calling. He pursued his graduate degree at Berkeley University, while participating in art classes at California College of Arts and Crafts. Fully realizing that he was far more interested in art then mathematics, Jeff moved to New York City and dedicated himself fully to art. Living and working in the SoHo neighborhood of New York in the 1980s meant meeting and collaborating with many artists of that generation and being immersed in the SoHo art scene - Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring had their first solo shows in storefront space there; the 1986 show, “Neo-Geo” (“Neo-Geometric Conceptualism”), featuring artists Jeff Koons, Peter Halley, Ashley Bick­erton, and Meyer Vaisman, created a sensation - all before any of these artists became household names. All of it directly inspired Jeff. Through his seemingly pure abstract forms and an expressive line of almost journalistic quality, the artist imbues his canvases with a strong narrative meaning. You want to know the people in his paintings. Where did they come from? What is their journey? As the artist often notes, when he moves quickly from drawing to painting, it allows him to capture the essence of the moment, as ‘beautiful mistakes”. Often the people in the foreground are exaggerated, as the artist plays with our sense of perspective; hands are often elongated and foreshortening skewed. Through his dynamic and intricate story-telling, Jeff’s abstract compositions bring together seemingly opposing aesthetic approaches - the images are part-figurative, part-abstract, part-symbolic. The artist turns his paintings into sensuous and meditative journeys. With an energetic burst of primary colors and an expressive line, his paintings gradually dissolve into a more expanded human study. Jeff not only captures delicate human situations, but complex ones, with the intimacy and superb detail of his painterly technique. The paintings become ambiguous in their final resolve: neither fully figurative, nor strictly abstract. The intent is to capture the emotion and essence of a human condition in tandem with its abstraction.


Hat, 2017, oil on linen, 15x24 in.


To Go, 2017, oil on linen, 14x18 in.


Healthy Choice, 2017, oil on linen, 51 in.


Small Order, 2017, oil on linen, 12x12 in.


Nurse Daisy, 2015, oil on linen, 30x40 in.


SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2018 Cultural Tips For New Americans Under Trump, SPRING/BREAK Art Show, New York, US 2016 Cultural Tips For New Americans, Popiashvili Gvaberidze Window Project, Tbilisi, Georgia Recent Works, Bushel, Delhi, NY, US 2014 Thank You Paintings Exchange, Denny Gallery, New York, US Casual Conversations, The Laurie M. Tisch Gallery, New York, US 2013 Which Country is the Best to Move to? Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris, France A Painting For A Family Dinner, Lecce, Ammirato Culture House, Lecce, Italy A Painting For A Family Dinner, Beijing, Inside-Out Art Museum, Beijing, China 2012 Cultural Tips takeaway, Toomer Labzda Gallery, New York, US Language Barrier and Other Obstacles, Peacock Visual Arts, Aberdeen, UK A Painting For A Family Dinner, Bronx, NoLongerEmpty, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, US Casual Conversations, The National Museum of American Jewish History, Philadelphia, US 2011 Cultural Tips For New Americans, the Festival of Ideas for the New City, the New Museum, New York, US Global Reach Inc., Andrea Meislin Gallery, New York, US 2010 Cultural Tips For New Americans, Stanislas Bourgain Galerie, Paris, France 2009 Casual Conversations in Brooklyn, Black and White Project Space, Brooklyn, New York, US 2009 A Painting For A Family Dinner, Bat Yam, MoBY, Bat Yam Museum for Contemporary Art, Israel Dam Lines, Andrea Meislin Gallery, New York, US Language Barrier, Lower Manhattan, public art project, New York, US Language Barrier–Yellow Pages, Stanislas Bourgain Galerie, Paris, France Hello, USA? Contemporary City Foundation, Moscow, Russia 2005 Cloning Factory, MuseumsQuartier, Vienna, Austria


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ANGELICA SEMMELBAUER 2004, NYU Masters Degree, Visual Arts Administration Published graduate thesis focused on building a sustainable global market for Russian Contemporary Art, tracing Russian art through its various historical movements, from Soviet era to the Russian Non-Conformist Movement, to discussion of today’s contemporary art in Russia.

2005 - 2014 Director of Mimi Ferzt Gallery in New York City, which specialized in Russian Non-Conformist and Contemporary Art. Organized important curatorial exhibitions of prominent Russian artists, and successfully placed them in important private and public art collections around the world. Angelica is currently a Private Art Advisor working with a variety of artists and consulting private clients.

ANGELICA SEMMELBAUER Art Advisor angelica@ellipsis-art.com

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