Jeff Faust, a California-based painter whose distinct painting style has become popular with Nashville art collectors, will return to Nashville for a solo show of new works this month at Gallery One. An Opening Reception for Faust will be held at Gallery One Friday, May 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibition runs through the middle of June.
Faust took a circuitous route before embarking on a decades-long career in painting. He hitchhiked across the country, lived in England for a short time, and even joined a carnival.
Over time, Faust developed his own style of painting—a style he describes today as “subtle surrealism” or “visual forms of the written word.” His acrylic-on-canvas paintings often feature odd juxtapositions—a combination of clouds, ropes, leaves, eggs, and other objects—and settings that hint at some form of narrative. Faust admits to having a fascination and love for simple images. “I tend to want to retreat to a simple view, and I get strength in that. There’s nothing loud in my work. Life is so loud these days. We’re bombarded with loud music and loud images and loud people. I’m trying to create these windows I can look at in order to re-center myself.” Gallery One is located at 5133 Harding Pike in the Belle Meade Galleria. For more information call 615-352-3006. www.galleryone.biz