Jeff Tamblyn – Contemporary Photography

Jeff Tamblyn @ Cerbera Gallery

Jeff Tamblyn @ Cerbera Gallery

Jeff Tamblyn Bio:

Jeff Tamblyn was born subversive. Although conventionally Midwestern in outward appearance, he’s always veered away from “normal,” even as a child. “I’m always the person who questions the assumptions. It’s sometimes irritating to those around me, but it takes me places others might not get to go. In the arts, that quality has been widely tolerated and even valued.” In a life that’s included experimental live theater, stand-up comedy, writing and directing offbeat corporate video and film, and distributing art house movies, Tamblyn now practices photography in the same way he’s done everything else — relentless experimentation that brings new perspective to his audience.

In his first year of serious photography, 2019, Tamblyn was juried into three public shows at separate venues, and won a Best Photography award in a competition at Images, a local Kansas City gallery. Finding exhibition on a nearly continuous basis since then, he’s also increased sales of his work year over year. Married for over 40 years, with 2 adult daughters and 2 grandchildren, he loves hiking, cooking, and swimming. His lab-mix, Beatrice, is occasionally featured in his photos.

Jeff Tamblyn Artist Statement:

Production stills from an alternate universe.

“Photography offers an opportunity to test documentary convention, with images digitally altered to evoke dreams or fantasies. My best works often feel to me like production stills from movies or stage productions in an alternate universe, where viewers witness the corporeal mingled with the ethereal, unable to determine which is more real.

My workflow begins with a search for settings and events where camera movement or motion blur provide an opportunity for altering perception. I sometimes take hundreds of photos before finding one that works, and then go through a process of discovery in post-production to identify what it was that brought me to this image. While I’m doing it, it often feels like waking up and struggling to recall a dream.

My finished pieces range from calm and restful to chaotic and threatening, reflecting a world where truth is obscured by our own cognitive and perceptual limitations. I find that ambiguity helps people stretch reality into revelatory shapes, and that’s why the post-modern discussion leads inexorably to what we most love and fear.

I first became conscious about the value of transformation in art through improvisation in high school drama classes, and that notion became intellectually addictive. From there, I started questioning and testing assumptions in every endeavor. Inspirations for my work include the painters Bosch, Monet, Turner, Dali, and Francis Bacon. The American Expressionist movement has also been very inspirational. There are many photographers I admire — usually those who pursue disquieting subjects.”


* indicates juried show

Solo Show (8 pieces) – Johnson County Library System, Corinth Library*
Sat, Jan 1, 2022 – Apr 21, 2022
Corinth Library, 8100 Mission Rd, Prairie Village, KS 66208

KCSCP Board of Directors Show
Jan. 8 – Feb. 27
2360 Independence Ave., K.C., MO 64124

“Photography: Scene and Unseen” 3-Artist Show*
Tim Murphy Gallery, Merriam Community Center
June, 2021

5-State Photography Competition*
Dec 5 – Feb 12
Hays Arts Council, 112 E 11th St, Hays, KS 67601
Juror: Mike Sinclair

KC Society for Contemporary Photography Annual “Current Works” Show*
Fri, Dec 3, 2021 – Jan, 2022
Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, 2012 Baltimore Ave, Kansas City, MO 64108
This is Kansas City Society for Contemporary Photography’s annual members’ juried exhibit, showcasing what photographic artists have produced from 2019 – 2021. Juror: Deanna Dikeman.

“Movement” Juried Exhibition*
Fri, Sep 17, 2021 – Fri, Oct 8, 2021
Kansas City Stockyards Gallery 1600 Genessee St Suite 161, Kansas City, MO 64102

KCSCP 4Square Exhibit
Fri, Aug 6, 2021 – Tue, Aug 31, 2021
Kansas City Society for Contemporary Photography, Pendleton ArtsBlock, 2360
Kansas City, MO 64124

“Walk, Don’t Run” solo exhibit
Mon, Jul 12, 2021 – Sun, Sep 12, 2021
Crows Coffee Waldo 7440 Washington St, Kansas City, MO 64114

Jones Gallery*
Group Art Shows in December, 2020, February and June 2021
Jones Gallery, 1717 Walnut St, Kansas City, MO 64108

Art of Photography – Sponsored by Prairie Village Arts Council*
Fri, Apr 9, 2021 – Mon, May 31, 2021
Virtual. One image in a collection of 140, out of over 1,000 submissions.

Political Discord – online exhibition*
Thu, Oct 1, 2020 – Mon, Nov 2, 2020
Las Lagunas Gallery, 577 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Exploring our continued political conflicts with the use of imagery by artists local,
national, and international. 1 image.

Salina Art Center “Departures: The Art of Leaving this Place”*
Wed, Oct 2, 2019 – Fri, Nov 8, 2019
Salina Art Center, 242 S Santa Fe Ave, Salina, KS 67401
Annual event explores death, dying, remembrance. Sponsored by a local funeral home. 3
photographic prints.

Art Westport*
Fri, Sep 6, 2019 – Sun, Sep 8, 2019
Westport Shopping District, KCMO
Annual outdoor art fair, Emerging Artists category.

Images Art Gallery Featured Artists
Fri, Aug 30, 2019 – Fri, Sep 27, 2019
images Art Gallery, 7320 W 80th St, Overland Park, KS 66204
First prize in Photography: “Rhythm Bar”. Judge’s comment: “Intentional yet effective, the vibrating blur enhances the contrasting colorful lamps as they flutter and dance in the low light. The image captures kinetic potential, the energy of the night to come, or perhaps the reverberation of many nights past.”