He has been a visiting artist at universities around the United States
conducting encaustic and printmaking workshops and has taught encaustic
classes at Grand Maris Art Colony in MN, The Encaustic Center in TX,
LaGrange Art League in IL, and The 6th International Encaustic
Conference in Provincetown, MA.
Hirst also is the owner of Hirst Printmaking, a Printmaking shop
specializing in Intaglio, Screenprinting, and Experimental Approaches
towards combining printmaking and encaustic.
Hirst received his MFA from Louisiana
State University and BFA from the University of Minnesota. He is a
recipient of a 2009 Minnesota State Arts Board grant and his work is in
numerous public and private collections including Arcstone Technologies,
Grant Thornton International, Great River Energy, Southern Graphics
Council, and SAP America.
Jeffrey says of his work:
current work investigates the relation between man made architectonic
structure and the natural landscape and how these two forces can coexist
in an urban environment. The correlation between urban decay and
natural beauty (both at a micro and macro level) influence my work. I am
interested in the connectivity that exists between us, as humans when
we are in urban environments, but still remain anonymous. The
connectivity is electric and
vibrant to the point that we all feel a common bound and it is this that
I believe ties us with our material environments.
The constructions, reAssemblages, are part of a series that view the
idea of oasis within a larger urban environment and the sense of release
that can come from each of us as we experience such places.