New work: Red Ball Cafe, Albuquerque, NM, watercolor on Arches paper, 22 x 30
My aim is to create deeply personal work that speaks about the soul of America.
Although there is an aspect of cultural anthropology in my work, I have to experience a profound personal connection with my subject. That connection can be as intrinsic as a part of my personal history or it can be an emotional response to a particular scene. This emotional response is what I try to convey through my paintings. I’m seeking to evoke a certain mood through the limitations of paint and my style of realism.
For me the most satisfying way to get at the mood I am trying to convey is through a representational approach. I work from my photographs, distilled through the the filter of my memory, my imagination and my hand. Although I’m interested in the craft of painting and I try to create well-executed art, my paintings are not just about painting. They are also very much about the subject. Not a literal representation, but one that contains a feeling that comes from the heart.
Jeffrey L. Neumann b. 1953 Cedar Rapids, IA Education: Minneapolis College of Art & Design 1974 Springfield College B.S. 1981, M.Ed. 2008
Neumann worked as a radio disc jockey, a graphic designer and an art director before beginning a career in the fine paper industry, where he was employed for 20 years. He worked in sales and marketing positions for Parsons Paper Company and Crescent Cardboard Co. For the last five years of his paper industry career, he was U.S. Product Manager for Arches Paper, a 500+ year old French brand which he managed for ArjoWiggins S.A. Neumann is a recognized industry expert on fine art papers. He has presented numerous industry training seminars and authored several published articles on fine art papers. He was the creator and developer of Arches Infinity®, the brand's first digital fine art print paper.
A battle with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in the early 1990's caused him to seriously re-evaluate what was really important to him in life but it was not until late 2005 that he finally left the corporate world to pursue his true passion, which is making art.
To enable him to re-focus his career on making art and to give something back through teaching, Neumann earned his Master of Education in Visual Arts degree at Springfield College in 2008.
Neumann was featured in Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine's Art Today Newsletter, July 2013, The Artful Mind, The Berkshire's Artzine, November 2010, The Society for Commercial Archeology Journal, Spring 2010, The Artist's Magazine, September 2008, Wide Format Imaging, June 2008, SCA News, Winter 2008, on the cover of Art World News in August 2006, THE Magazine in 2005, Santa Fe Circle magazine in 2005, in Jan. 2004 by Art Business News magazine in a "Trendsetters" profile and in The Artful Mind magazine, August 1999. His work is represented in numerous corporate and private collections including: Fleet Bank, Mass Mutual Life Insurance Co., WWLP Television, WGGB Television, Baystate Medical Center, United States Congressional Offices and The City of Springfield, MA.
Limited edition giclée prints are published by Neumann Media LLC. If you are interested in a particular piece shown on this site, please go to the "Contact Us" page of this site to make an inquiry. Jeffrey Neumann is represented by:Neumann Fine Art, 65 Cold Water St., Hillsdale, NY
2017 Paintings from the Soul of America Millbrook Library, Millbrook, NY
2015 Vanishing America, The Moviehouse Studio Gallery, Millerton, NY 2013 Vanishing America, Sharon Historical Society, Sharon CT
2010 Road Trip, Bing Arts Center, Springfield, MA 2006 In America, Great South Bay Gallery, Hudson, NY, curated by Mary Udell & Pat Goldstein 2005 Art Exchange Gallery, Santa Fe, NM 1997 Highway 61 Revisited, Becket Arts Center, Becket, MA
Selected Group Shows
2016 Blanche Ames National Juried Exhibition, Borderland State Park, North Easton, MA
2016 North River Gallery, Chatham, NY, Two-man show with photographer Ian Creitz
2016 Hudson Valley Art Assn. 83rd Annual National Juried Exhibition, Salmagundi Club, NY, NY
2015 Hudson Valley Art Assn. 82nd National Juried Exhibition, Salmagundi Club, NY, NY
2014 Art of the Northeast, Silvermine Art Center, New Canaan, CT
2013 The Berkshire Art Gallery, Great Barrington, MA
2012 Three Visions, Neumann Fine Art, Hillsdale, NY
2012 Blanche Ames National Art Exhibition, Borderland State Park, Easton, MA
2012 Adirondacks National Watercolor Exhibition, View Arts Center, Old Forge, NY
2012 The Built Environment, Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY
2012 Kent Art Association, Kent, CT, President's Show
2012 Kent Art Association, Kent CT, Members Show 2011 CCCA Hudson Arts Walk, Hudson, NY 2011 CCCA "Wabi Sabi" Juried Show, Hudson, NY 2011 Roeliff Jansen Community Library Artist Studio Tour Exhibition 2011 Gilded Moon Framing & Gallery, Millerton, NY 2011 Copake Falls Day Invitational Juried Show, Copake Falls, NY 2010 Kent Art Association President's Show, Kent, CT, Award of Excellence - Any Medium 2010 Hanback Gallery, Millerton, NY 2009 Hanback Gallery, Millerton, NY 2008 Tappan Z Gallery, Tarrytown, NY 2008 Gallery 137, Juried Member's Show, Indian Orchard, MA, Honorable Mention 2008 Hanback Gallery, Lenox, MA 2007 Columbia County Council on the Arts, Annual Juried Show, Hudson, NY, First Place, Works on Paper 2007 Hanback Gallery, Lenox, MA 2007 Gallery 137, Blue Plate Special, Invitational Show, Indian Orchard, MA 2007 Columbia County Council on the Arts, Portrait Show, Hudson, NY 2006 Southwick Cultural Commission Annual Juried Show, Southwick, MA 2006 Oxygen Gallery, Inagural Invitational Show, Saint Paul, MN 2004 Paradise City Arts & Crafts Show, Northampton, MA 2003 Pen & Brush Gallery, Minds Island Show, New York, NY 1987 Charter Oak Temple Cultural Center Gallery, Hartford, CT 1986 Longmeadow Shops Annual Juried Art Show, Longmeadow, MA 1984 Fuller Arts Center, Springfield College Alumni Show, Springfield, MA 1979 Cornell Galleries, Springfield, MA 1978 Longmeadow Shops Annual Juried Art Show, Longmeadow, MA, Watercolor Award