Jeff Soto – “The Sotofish Society” @ Jonathan Levine Gallery

Jonathan LeVine Gallery is pleased to present The Sotofish Society, a series of new works by California based artist Jeff Soto in what will be his fifth solo exhibition at the gallery. More information and images after the jump.

jeff-soto-mountain-giants

With a history of showing at the gallery for over a decade Soto returns with paintings and drawings that reinterpret elements of his life’s work. Viewing this series as a rebirth, he continues to transplant viewers to an alternate universe while going back to his roots and evolving iconic characters, such as yetis, reapers, robots and the Sotofish. He describes, “I always feel like an artist’s entire body of work should be fair game to use. My cast of characters and the worlds I create are The Sotofish Society.”

jeff-soto-red-terrarium-keeper

Soto depicts friendly creatures and personifications of earth’s forces that thrive in a dystopian environment plagued by the complexities of modern living. These otherworldly creatures roam the surreal landscape and are surrounded by overgrown greenery, deteriorating technology and overall societal decay. However, Soto’s use of vibrant colors and organic shapes evoke a sense of hope and effort to revitalize, communicating themes of family, nature, life, and death.

jeff-soto-white-ghost

For this exhibition the artist focused on creating work based on instinct and emotion, resulting in dynamic paintings with many layers, silhouettes and design elements. Along with acrylic compositions on wood and paper, The Sotofish Society will include a selection of watercolors, which are rarely exhibited, as well as limited edition relief prints. By merging a refined selection of graffiti and mixed media techniques, Soto continues to bridge the gap between street art and pop surrealism.

jeff-soto-the-dark-rainbow

jeff-soto-beware-beautiful-night

jeff-soto-cant-go-back-in-time

jeff-soto-happy-and-sad

jeff-soto-the-magic-message

jeff-soto-the-cat

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s