From my earliest memories, I have always been drawn to the landscape: the skies, nature, buildings and the lay of the land. Having grown up on a farm, I have always had a strong interest in observing the elements that influence that environment; the cycle of the seasons, the changing skies and the weather it portends, the constant presence of the natural processes of life, decay and rebirth, and the fading remnants of distant history and past lives. Egg tempera painting has a long tradition and its special qualities are uniquely suited to capturing the properties of light and exploring its interplay on texture. I have found that the slow and careful process that tempera requires to achieve its depth and luminosity suits my temperament and vision. The gradual building of form and the patient exploration of every surface nuance that is involved in tempera painting requires a meditative and reflective approach, one that I feel enables me to examine personal memories and feelings that these subjects evoke in me.
Jeff Gola is a painter living in Moorestown, NJ. He specializes in egg tempera painting and also works in oil and watercolor. Jeff Gola received a BA degree from Allegheny College, spent his junior year in Temple University's program in Rome Italy, and has continued his art education with courses at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. His work is represented by galleries in the US, has been exhibited in several museum shows, and has been included in many national juried competitions and various private and public collections worldwide. His work can be seen at www.jeffgola.com. Selected Solo Exhibitions 2016: "Jeff Gola: New Works", William Baczek Fine Arts, Northampton, MA 2013: "Unspoken Beauty", Fischbach Gallery, New York, NY. 2013: “The Shore: Paintings of the Southern NJ Coast”, William Ris Gallery, Stone Harbor, NJ. 2008: “Atmosphere and Light”, des Champs Gallery, Lambertville NJ 2007: “The Alchemy of Light”, des Champs Gallery, Lambertville NJ Selected Recent Group Shows 2015: "Butler 79th Midyear Exhibition", Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown OH. 2013: "New Jersey Impressions", The Drumthwacket Foundation, Princeton, NJ. 2013: "30th Annual Ellarslie Open", Trenton City Museum, Trenton NJ. 2012: "71st Annual Juried Exhibition", Woodmere Art Museum, Chestnut Hill PA. 2012: "New Jersey State Council on the Arts Visual Fellowship Awards", The Noyes Museum of Art at Richard Stockton College, NJ. 2012: "58th Annual Exhibition", The National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic, New York, NY. 2012: "Realism from the USA & Canada", Peter Walker Fine Art and Cube Contemporary Art Projects, Adelaide, Australia. 2010: "Wildness in Our Midst: The Greater Sourlands Eco-Region", Marie L. Matthews Gallery at the Johnson Education Center, Princeton NJ. 2010: 56th Annual Exhibition, The National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic, New York, NY. Selected Awards 2011: New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship for Painting. 2010: The Judy and Elias Newman Memorial Award, NSPCA Annual Juried Exhibition. 2010: Finalist in Animal category, The Artist's Magazine's 2010 Annual Art Competition. 2008: John Maxwell Prize, Woodmere Art Museum Annual Juried Exhibition . 2008: Finalist in Landscape/Interiors category and Finalist in Animal category, The Artist's Magazine's 2008 Annual Art Competition.