b. 1969, USA

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.

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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.

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
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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
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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
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Sierra Aspen, California by Jeffrey Conley contemporary artwork photography
Jeffrey Conley Sierra Aspen, California, 2014 Archival pigment print on Japanese Kozo paper, printed by the artist
35 x 35 cm
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River Delta II, Iceland by Jeffrey Conley contemporary artwork photography
Jeffrey Conley River Delta II, Iceland, 2018 Archival pigment print on Japanese bamboo paper, printed by the artist
114 x 111 cm
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Trees in Winter Field by Jeffrey Conley contemporary artwork photography
Jeffrey Conley Trees in Winter Field, 2017 Archival pigment print on Japanese Kozo paper, printed by the artist
35 x 35 cm
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Figure and Coastal Mist, Oregon by Jeffrey Conley contemporary artwork photography
Jeffrey Conley Figure and Coastal Mist, Oregon, 2018 Platinum palladium print, printed by the artist
30 x 30 cm
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Trees and Snow Mosaic by Jeffrey Conley contemporary artwork photography
Jeffrey Conley Trees and Snow Mosaic, 2009 Archival pigment print on Japanese Kozo paper, printed by the artist
35 x 35 cm
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Maple, Detail by Jeffrey Conley contemporary artwork photography
Jeffrey Conley Maple, Detail, 2014 Archival pigment print on handmade Kozo paper, printed by the artist
42 x 42 cm
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Waterfall Southern Alps, New Zealand by Jeffrey Conley contemporary artwork photography
Jeffrey Conley Waterfall Southern Alps, New Zealand, 2011 Archival pigment print on Japanese bamboo paper, printed by the artist
114 x 111 cm
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Figure and Tide, California by Jeffrey Conley contemporary artwork photography
Jeffrey Conley Figure and Tide, California, 2001 Archival pigment print on Japanese bamboo paper, printed by the artist
105 x 105 cm
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Wave Sets, Pacific Coast, Reverence by Jeffrey Conley contemporary artwork photography
Jeffrey Conley Wave Sets, Pacific Coast, Reverence, 2008 Platinum palladium print, printed by the artist
30 x 30 cm
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Clustered Trees in Falling Snow, Engadine by Jeffrey Conley contemporary artwork photography
Jeffrey Conley Clustered Trees in Falling Snow, Engadine, 2020 Archival pigment print on Japanese bamboo paper, printed by the artist
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Contours from Muottas Muragl, Engadine by Jeffrey Conley contemporary artwork photography
Jeffrey Conley Contours from Muottas Muragl, Engadine, 2020 Archival pigment print on handmade bamboo paper, printed by the artist
112 x 142 cm
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Snow Covered Trees and Lake, Silvaplana,Switzerland by Jeffrey Conley contemporary artwork photography
Jeffrey Conley Snow Covered Trees and Lake, Silvaplana, Switzerland, 2021 Archival pigment print on handmade bamboo paper, printed by the artist
112 x 142 cm
Bildhalle Contact Gallery
Lone Tree and Cliffs, Engadine by Jeffrey Conley contemporary artwork photography
Jeffrey Conley Lone Tree and Cliffs, Engadine, 2020 Archival pigment print on handmade Kozo paper, printed by the artist
35 x 45 cm
Bildhalle Contact Gallery
Candescence, Island, 2018 by Jeffrey Conley contemporary artwork photography
Jeffrey Conley Candescence, Island, 2018 Silver gelatin print
76 x 102 cm
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Figure and Tide, California, 2001 by Jeffrey Conley contemporary artwork photography
Jeffrey Conley Figure and Tide, California, 2001 Archival pigment print, multiple sizes available
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Figure and Tide by Jeffrey Conley contemporary artwork photography
Jeffrey Conley Figure and Tide, 2001 Platinum palladium print
30 x 30 cm
Bildhalle Contact Gallery
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