“I once read that in life, there is much cruelty and terror but also a wondrous and overpowering beauty. Both forces are necessary and together they create a mysterious and remarkable world – a world that dwells at the heart of all my work.”  

— Judith Jaffe, 2013

Portrait of Judith Jaffe

Artist Bio

I received my BFA from Tufts University and the Boston School of the Museum of Fine Arts in the early 1970s. During this period, I created etchings, drawings, and paintings of women and babies, which became my metaphors for the fragility of life.

After renting a studio in the eighties, I spent time drawing from models, which then evolved into pastel fantasies containing pods, flowers, vines, and humans mingling or standing alone. Often these diverse images convince one that we are all part of nature.

During the 1990s, I experienced the loss of my mother and the birth of grandchildren. The stages of life became foremost in my mind. At that time, I used acrylics and pastels on large canvases as well as monotypes.

The untimely death of my son in 2004 led me to meditate on the need for God. This question became the basis for the series Quest. These works incorporated a multitude of mediums including oil, egg tempera, watercolor, and installation.

With the arrival of the 21st century, I returned to some of my past works, reworking the somber pieces by collaging and painting over them. To my surprise, they have become more uplifting.

In my eighties, I again become engaged with the female figure utilizing various media including collage, watercolor, cyanotype and geliprint. I employ the female figure in my art because I love the energy and spirit of the female form; I enjoy combining natural elements with the figure since it suggests we humans are part of the natural world that surrounds us. My series, Eve & Her Sisters, is based on these themes.

Exhibitions & Press

2020   Umbrella Arts Center   ArtSpace Maynard @ The Umbrella Visiting Exhibition

2015   Stow TV     Exhibition at the Groton School

2015   ArtScope     Exquisite Corpse at Gallery Seven

2015   Wicked Local    Painter experiments with art

2013   Wicked Local     Stow Artist is 'Not Finished Yet'

Contact Judith

Contact Judith Jaffe, Artist

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E-mail: jjaffe@judithjaffeart.com

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