the artist

Eileen Neff

Eileen Neff

Philadelphia, PA

Eileen Neff

Most of my work includes the landscape as a primary element of the photographic constructions I create. As much as the landscape, I love engaging the conventions of seeing and picturing to question how the world might be re-presented. The works move freely between the apparent ordinariness of a recognizable image and sheer abstraction, sometimes appearing closer to painting’s pictorial strategies than what we expect from photography. Having formally studied painting before photography, and poetry before painting, I consider the ideas and boundaries between disciplines to be more fluid than not. With that said, I’d like my photographs to quicken one’s sense of attention and presence, the way sculpture can.

Fast Facts

Name: Eileen Neff


Place of Birth: Philadelphia, PA

1974 M.F.A. Painting, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA
1972 B.F.A. Painting, Philadelphia College of Art, Philadelphia, PA
1967 B.A. English Literature, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

Notable or memorable instructors or mentors:
Howard Meroney; Steven Jaffe; Larry Day

Particular field of study or class work:
My formal education was in literature/poetry and painting.

Major influences/admired artists:
Wallace Stevens; René Magritte, Rainer Maria Rilke, Ducchio di Buoninsegna

Favorite materials or media:
I work primarily with photographic images and installations.

School or university affiliation (when Convention Center acquired artwork):
I was teaching at the University of the Arts.

Gallery Representation (when Convention Center acquired artwork):
Lawrence Oliver Gallery

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