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Richmond Virginia Street Art Festival 2012
    Monday, 07 May 2012 /// Written by Trippe

A couple weeks back Jeff Soto flew out to Richmond, VA for their street art festival to do a wall. Artists included the likes of Hense, Richard Colman, Dalek, Hamilton Glass, and many more.

Jeff Soto's wall.

Richard Colman collab with Dalek and Pose was pretty damn cool.

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Jeff Soto Print Set Series
    Thursday, 29 March 2012 /// Written by Trippe

Jeff Soto releases "Seeker Friends- #1 Roller Skater" wood print on April 5th at 12pm PST. The print is the first in an ongoing monthly series of prints being printed on wood that are easily assessable and affordable. ~Complete details.

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Jeff Soto: A 2011 Recap
    Thursday, 26 January 2012 /// Written by Jeff Soto

LA based artist Jeff Soto recounts his 2011.

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Jeff Soto: Goodbye, Old Studio
    Wednesday, 26 October 2011 /// Written by Jeff Soto

In October 2005, just a few months after we had our first daughter, I leased an industrial space near our small apartment. It was a pretty big decision for Jennifer and I, it was another bill (several) and another responsibility for us- already under pressure with a two month old baby!

It ended up being the right move- I'd been working on our kitchen table or driving across town to work in my parent's garage. We had moved into a two room apartment but there was still no room to work. I found a nice 1000 sq/ft industrial warehouse type shop with a small office in front. I got the idea from seeing the Clayton Brother's studio a few years before. The place was big enough, versatile and had plenty of storage space, with large walls, a roll up door and high ceilings. It was perfect, and I got right to work.

I'm a little sad to leave when I look back at all the exhibits and paintings I worked on at this space, not to mention how my life has changed the past six years. It's been a pretty cool/strange/awesomely/fucked up/rad six years!

Now I've moved into a great new space with friends. The new studio has everything the old one has with more support and camaraderie. Gonna be a new adventure and I'm hoping to get many years of great work accomplished here. But I'll keep in my heart my little studio which helped me get off the ground!!

Here's some pictures over the years....

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Jeff Soto: Japan- Part 1
    Thursday, 02 June 2011 /// Written by Jeff Soto

I went to Japan last October with Maxx and his wife Rosie. Just realized I never posted the pictures. What can I say, time flies lately....

Words and photos: Jeff Soto

This was my first time to Japan, we were the guests of Zac Pac who we had designed a set of Be@rbricks with. Our host Kazuhiro showed us a great time, fed us well and had a busy schedule for Maxx and I. It was a wonderful trip.

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Jeff Soto: Fall 2010
    Wednesday, 05 January 2011 /// Written by Jeff Soto

Painter Jeff Soto blogs up what he's been up to this fall. Check the complete blog.

Photoshoot for The Seeker.

The start of a large painting for Singha, ended up painting over this and trying something different.

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Jeff Soto - Miami 2010
    Thursday, 09 December 2010 /// Written by Jeff Soto

Jeff Soto flew out to this year's Miami Art Basel to paint a mural as part of the Wynwood Walls Project. His blog. His words.

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Jeff Soto Was in NYC Last Summer
    Friday, 19 November 2010 /// Written by Jeff Soto

Jeff Soto blogs up his trip to NYC for his show @Jonathan Levine this last summer. Photo blog style from his travels.

Some photos from my trip to NYC for my solo show "Lifecycle". Too lazy to write captions for everything so in a nutshell... OC from the plane, knit bombing, Katz deli, old friends, new friends, Gay Pride, exploring, The Jane hotel, Viner studio visit, Friends We Love.... -Check it

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Jeff Soto Blogs up Miami
    Thursday, 21 October 2010 /// Written by Jeff Soto

Yeah, Art Basel in Miami was a long time ago, but hey, maybe Jeff Soto's delayed blog will only get you excited for this year's fair.

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Jeff Soto - 10yrs of Fecal Face
    Thursday, 12 August 2010 /// Written by Trippe

From now until Fecal Face's 10 Year Anniversay Show (opening September 10th @The Luggage Store) we're going to be posting short interviews with the artists participating in it. The first is from LA's Jeff Soto whose been on Fecal Face from way back when and whose work we've always loved. Be sure to click the image to read the entire interview.

What were you up to in the year 2000?

I was still in art college, I was 25. Oh so young! I had my own car for the first time in my life, so my girlfriend and I got to explore a bit. Things I remember vividly- art openings in L.A., cactus hunting in the Mohave, and I was doing some of my last graffiti art for a decade. Art college stuff, you know.. and getting started in my career.

How has your work changed in the last 10 years?

I feel like right now I'm working on the types of paintings I wanted to make in 2000 but hadn't yet acquired the know-how. In the last decade I went through a more "crafty" experimental stage, making tons of small pieces, I tried stenciling, collage, drippiness, and a bunch of different techniques. At some point it all felt like visual gimmicks to me, so I began to just get back to pure painting the last couple of years and it feels great.

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Jeff Soto Interview
    Tuesday, 22 June 2010 /// Written by Trippe


We caught up with Jeff to ask him about his upcoming show in NYC @Jonathan Levine opening Sat June 26th.

You mention that this show is going to be much different from previous shows by you having had taken a new direction of sorts. Can you elaborate some on this?

In past work I concentrated on Man vs. Nature conflicts, politics, social issues and the worries that my children will be inheriting this mess. But I've been fascinated by the cycle of life lately, I don't know, maybe I feel that I'm getting older and getting closer to death while my kids are just starting out their lives.

This body of work is trying to capture some of those feelings, the idea of living your life, having all sorts of adventures and stories, then aging and the inevitability of death looming on the horizon. It's universal, it is repeated everyday, and if you look at any lifeform, you have birth, life, reproduction, death, then the cycle comes around again, and it's been going on on Earth for billions of years. As humans I think we always believe we're living in such an important time in history. In reality we are just a little speck on the timeline.

I always think that my grandchildren will know me, my great grandchildren might kinda know me, but after that my wife and I and even our kids will start to fade away in people's minds. One thousand years from now (if humans have not destroyed the planet) will our country and our times be remembered at all? Surprisingly, I'm comfortable with all of this. It's just the cycle of life. It fascinates me and I'm working on paintings that relate to it.


How has had being a dad affected your work?

It has been one of the best things in my life, and I cannot imagine how I'd be without them. I don't know exactly how it changed my work, I think having kids has made me understand more of how the world works. I understand nature in ways I didn't before kids. I don't know, I'm sure it's made an impact on my work. Looking back I see a big difference in my art post August 2005, that's for sure.

Alot of artists I know don't want kids, and that's cool, they want to keep their lifestyle the same, have less responsibilities, I respect that. And it is easier for sure. But I DO think any stable couple who is the slightest bit interested in having kids should go for it. And don't wuss out, have two kids if you can!



Besides working on this show, what have you been up to?

Eating more than I should. I tend to snack a lot when I'm working on a show. It is terrible. I am eating Chinese leftovers as I type this.

You mentioned this being one of your last solo shows for awhile. After this show, what you have planned?

I just need to take a break at this point. I'm going to continue painting, I might try out oil painting for a while, but I want to take it slowly and not have the pressure of a show on my shoulders. I have had too many shows in a row the past two years, haven't had a chance to catch my breath. So I don't have anything planned at all. Going to jump into doing more prints, maybe curate some shows and maybe teach a class or two if anyone will hire me. My future is uncertain and it's kinda scary, but I think it's what I need at this point.



Are you excited about the World Cup at all?

No, I don't even know who's playing. I follow baseball, though the past two years I haven't watched much.

What was the major technical shift from previous works if any?

When I started painting at 14 I thought the pinnacle of art making was the ability to paint things as realistically as possible, and that's what I worked on for a few years. As I learned more about art history I realized there was so much more to art than being able to render well.

So I tried a bunch of things over the years, from traditional painting to embarrassingly failed attempts at video installations and performance art pieces! It took a while but I realized my strengths were in making visual art, and more importantly, that's what I had the most passion for. In the last ten years I've concentrated heavily on painting, but felt like being a "painter" was too limiting. I was finding used pieces of wood, scratch into my surface, create texture, add collage elements, spraypaint on it; this time I am keeping the pieces really clean and pristine, making each piece precious in a way. I think for this show I wanted to visit my early roots of trying to render forms realistically. I am realizing I am a painter and for the first time embracing it. Aint nuthin' wrong with being a painter!




What's an average daily routine for you these days?

I am in show mode right now, so my schedule is all fucked up. I have been staying up late to paint in the garage, sleep, and then work all day at my studio which is a few miles from where we live. Usually though I get up with my wife and the kids and help with breakfast and getting everyone ready. Then I work for 8 hours or so and come home- dinner, kids baths, pajamas, etc. Pretty normal "dad" schedule. I actually crave that "dad" schedule part about having weekends off, and I'm going to try to do that when I get back from NYC! Yeah! Gonna take the kidlets to feed the ducks at the park!


 

Jeff Soto: Melbourne Part II
    Thursday, 05 November 2009 /// Written by Jeff Soto

Jeff blogs the 2nd half of his trip to Melbourne to speak at this year's Semi-Permanent.

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Jeff Soto: Melbourne
    Monday, 02 November 2009 /// Written by Jeff Soto

Jeff's trip to Melbourne to speak at this year's Semi-Permanent.

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Jeff Soto: Summer Fun
    Tuesday, 08 September 2009 /// Written by Jeff Soto

Jeff blogs up a snap shot of his summer vacation.

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Whammy @RCVA
    Tuesday, 14 July 2009 /// Written by Mildred

Featuring: Kelsey Brookes, Mel Kadel, Dave Kinsey, John Dwyer, Jay Howell, Jeff Soto, Robert Hardgrave, Tiffany Bozic, and, Anthony Lister.

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Jeff Soto: London Part 2
    Thursday, 25 June 2009 /// Written by Jeff Soto

Jeff blogs up round two from his trip for his show at Stolenspace.

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Jeff Soto: London/Stolenspace Part 1
    Monday, 01 June 2009 /// Written by Jeff Soto

Jeff blogs up his trip to London for his show "Inland Empire".

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Jeff Soto: Before Spring
    Wednesday, 18 March 2009 /// Written by Jeff Soto

Jeff's expecting a new baby is just under a week. A quick blog before the stork arrives.

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Jeff Soto: Basel Round II
    Sunday, 08 March 2009 /// Written by Jeff Soto

Jeff blogs up the rest of his Miami Basel trip.

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Jeff Soto: Turning In Circles opening
    Wednesday, 17 December 2008 /// Written by Jeff Soto

Photos from Jeff's show that just opened @The Riverside Art Museum.

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