Jefferson Little

About the Artist

Jefferson Little is a Regina, Saskatchewan artist who has established his artistic reputation primarily as a painter and sculptor. He graduated from the University of Regina in 1996 with a degree in Fine Arts majoring in printmaking. Since his graduation, he has exhibited his paintings locally, nationally and internationally and has been the recipient of many awards and commissions. He has also worked as a scenic artist, a graphic designer and a teacher at the Neil Balkwill Civic Arts Centre in Regina

Little’s works are playful and incorporate elements and images of mass-produced objects, from both past and  contemporaryCurrent, belonging to the same period of time. Usually referring to our present time, but can refer to being current with any specified time. (Artlex.com)  society. He comments on contemporary culture by altering and manipulating imagery, often related to childhood, adolescence and play, and placing these objects within unusual settings.

In a 2003 artist statement, Little states,

Consciously or otherwise we attach meaning and significance to things and objects that have no specific meaning save a personal one. By going through a process of dissection and reassembly with these cheap plastic toys, I seek to deconstruct their popular identities in order to achieve a  narrativeRelating to the telling of a story, or the telling of events, etc.  of pop  imageryAn image is a picture, idea, or impression of a person, thing, or idea; or a mental picture of a person, thing, or idea. The word imagery refers to a group or body of related images. (Artlex.com)  that is both familiar and frightening. In taking a page from the moral plays of the Dutch still lives, these toys become tools of interpretation that assume a cultural and social significance. (Little, 2003)

Little also explains his fascination with toys, "toys evoke innocence, naivety and idealism, making them particularly suitable for iconoclastic, scatological or  satiricalThe use of humour as a way to ridicule the ignorance or vice of another person or group.  statement; they are appealing in life and art, because of the sense of play and engagement they engender. Their capacity for psychological projection means that they can act out forbidden scenarios giving expression to the darker side of our own nature." (Fones, 1998)

 


On Being an Artist in Saskatchewan
On Dream Machine
On Humour in Art
Canadian Heritage University of Regina Mackenzie Art Gallery Mendel Art Gallery Sask Learning