Opening Friday, November 6, in anticipation of the forthcoming photography book featuring his Tse Nature series, Jeff Tse will be exhibiting select works at Warehouse 416 in Oakland, CA. The opening reception will take place from 6-10pm during the Oakland Art Murmur First Fridays.
Tse defines his work as a play of light and form. He strives to create imagery that parallels sculpture more so than the two-dimensional photograph. A driving force in his work is his desire to translate subliminal aesthetic forms into imagery that is timeless and flawless. Whether shooting figurative subjects, couture, or the natural world, Tse’s ability to exemplify the splendor found in the natural shape and form of his subject, transcends the medium in which he does so. In Natural Beauty, works from the artist’s Tse Nature and Beauty series—shown in diptychs—demonstrate their individual strengths, while mirroring the aesthetic beauty of the other.
Natural Beauty showcases the varying forms of grace that can be found in the natural world—whether in the grooves of grain in a tree’s surface, or the curves and lines of the human form. The work highlights the aesthetic qualities of the subject matter, while providing an avenue for viewers to explore their own values surrounding notions of beauty and the importance of our natural surroundings. Tse’s goal is for the images to not only inspire others to recognize their sumptuousness, but also to understand the importance of the preservation of our natural environment.
As part of Tse’s commitment to the nature that inspires his imagery, he donates a portion of sales to the Point Lobos Foundation, supporting Point Lobos State Natural Reserve—where many of his photographs are taken.
DATE/S + TIME/S
Opening Reception: Friday, November 6, 6-10pm
Artist Talk: Saturday, November 14, 2-4pm
Exhibition: November 6 – 21, Saturdays, 1-5pm, or by appointment
416 26th Street
Oakland CA 94612
ABOUT JEFF TSE
grew up in Hong Kong and New York City. Picking up the camera as an adult, he quickly achieved acclaim as a successful sports photographer, publishing photographs of celebrity athletes—including Lance Armstrong and Tyler Hamilton. Seeking to refine his imagery to a purer state, he moved to beauty and fashion photography, developing an enduring aesthetic that crosses genres. Having spent time living and working in Northern California, coupled with the artist’s couture history, Tse’s motivation is to highlight the organic beauty and simplicity found in his subjects. The artist’s latest series focuses on beauty found in the natural world. Inspired by great Naturalists such as Edward Weston and Georgia O’Keeffe, he takes on a widely varying set of subjects—from boletus and stone, to succulents and sand. Tse carefully selects specific objects, in the same manner in which a sculptor would choose the finest clay with which to work—those from which he can evoke inordinately pleasing forms. Tse’s work is found in major corporate, public, and private collections. His imagery has appeared in Elle, Cosmopolitan, Harper’s Bazaar, Allure and Marie Claire, among others, with clients including Dior, John Frieda, Covergirl, and Fredric Fekkai.
Photos provided by AKArt Advisory & Jeff Tse Studio team