b. 1969, USA

Jeffrey Conley Biography

Produced with traditional darkroom process, Jeffrey Conley's black-and-white photographs are recognised for their mesmerising depictions of the natural landscape.

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Jeffrey Conley Artworks

Varying in scale, Jeffrey Conley's photographs revolve around nature—from a single leaf to the vast ocean—and are taken across the world, including in the United States, Australia, Iceland, Japan, and New Zealand.

Nature

After graduating with a BFA in Photographic Studies at Rochester Institute of Technology, Conley moved to California's Yosemite National Park in 1991. There, he began to photograph nature, which he has described as 'the foundational element' of his practice in a 2020 interview with Flaunt.

Resonance, Conley's solo exhibition at Zurich's Bildhalle in 2022, presented a range of works dating back to the early 2000s, including Figure and Tide, California (2001), which captures a vast expanse of blindingly white waves. Also on view were photographs taken in different countries, among them Waterfall Southern Alps, NZ (2011), which captures a waterfall as a vertical column of misty white against the more sharply defined form of the surrounding trees, and the stark contrast of white, black, and grey in Summit and Early Morning Light, Engadine (2021).

Printing Process

Conley develops his photographs in the darkroom using traditional methods. Among his favoured printing processes is the platinum method, which involves hand-coating each print with an emulsion formula consisting of platinum and palladium metals. This process results in the luminous and velvety tones that are characteristic of his photographs.

Monographs

Conley's first monograph, Winter (2011), features photographs of snowscapes and trees. In Lone Oak (2005), an oak tree is photographed from a distance, appearing as a dark triangular spot against the vast sky and a stripe of land that are almost indistinguishable from one another. Tree Cathedral (2007) demonstrates the artist's penchant for the interplay of form and colour, in which the dark vertical lines of the trees and their white, snow-covered branches create the illusion of a chandelier descending from the top of the image.

Winter was followed by Reverence in 2018, which centres on his platinum and palladium prints and features the works presented in his solo exhibition at Peter Fetterman Gallery in Santa Monica that year.

Exhibitions

Conley has exhibited his photographs internationally.

Solo exhibitions include Resonance, Bildhalle, Zurich (2022); Reverence: Platinum and Silver Photographs, Ansel Adams Gallery, Yosemite National Park (2021); Jeffrey Conley: Reverence, Peter Fetterman Gallery, Santa Monica, California (2018).

Group exhibitions include Shades of Winter – Photographs of the Seasons, Ansel Adams Gallery, Yosemite (2022); Ocean, Bildhalle, Zurich (2021); SEVEN, Charles A Hartman Fine Art, Portland (2014).

Website and Instagram

Jeffrey Conley's website can be found here and his Instagram can be found here.

Sherry Paik | Ocula | 2022

Jeffrey Conley Featured Artworks

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Layered Hill, Iceland by Jeffrey Conley contemporary artwork photography
Jeffrey Conley Layered Hill, Iceland, 2018 Platinum palladium print, printed by the artist
30 x 36 cm
Bildhalle Contact Gallery
Reflection, Oregon by Jeffrey Conley contemporary artwork photography
Jeffrey Conley Reflection, Oregon, 2018 Platinum palladium print, printed by the artist
30 x 36 cm
Bildhalle Contact Gallery
Pond, detail, Iceland by Jeffrey Conley contemporary artwork photography
Jeffrey Conley Pond, detail, Iceland, 2017 Platinum palladium print, printed by the artist
30 x 36 cm
Bildhalle Contact Gallery
Clustered Trees, Pre-dawn, Oregon by Jeffrey Conley contemporary artwork photography
Jeffrey Conley Clustered Trees, Pre-dawn, Oregon, 2016 Archival pigment print on handmade Kozo paper, printed by the artist
35 x 45 cm
Bildhalle Contact Gallery
Glacial Valley and Storm, Iceland by Jeffrey Conley contemporary artwork photography
Jeffrey Conley Glacial Valley and Storm, Iceland, 2017 Archival pigment print on handmade bamboo paper, printed by the artist
111 x 137 cm
Bildhalle Contact Gallery
Pre-dawn, North Cascades, Washington by Jeffrey Conley contemporary artwork photography
Jeffrey Conley Pre-dawn, North Cascades, Washington, 2020 Archival pigment print on handmade Kozo paper, printed by the artist
35 x 45 cm
Bildhalle Contact Gallery
Snow Covered Trees, Zurich in Montana by Jeffrey Conley contemporary artwork photography
Jeffrey Conley Snow Covered Trees, Zurich in Montana, 2020 Archival pigment print on Japanese Kozo paper, printed by the artist
45 x 36 cm
Bildhalle Contact Gallery
Forest Edge by Jeffrey Conley contemporary artwork photography
Jeffrey Conley Forest Edge, 2013 Archival pigment print on Japanese Kozo paper, printed by the artist
35 x 35 cm
Bildhalle Contact Gallery

Jeffrey Conley Current & Recent Exhibitions

Jeffrey Conley Represented By

Bildhalle contemporary art gallery in Zurich, Switzerland Bildhalle Amsterdam, Zurich
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