Jeff Elrod is an American abstract painter who employs both digital and analog processes to create his work. Using Photoshop he draws and reworks imagery that he then renders on canvas often by hand, using acrylic paints, tape, and airbrush. His computer generated images are also sometimes printed directly onto the canvases.


Elrod began painting abstractions inspired by super graphics and video game imagery in the early 1990s. In 1997, as a means to distance himself from his conscious mind, he began to use the computer to facilitate paintings through a technique he calls “frictionless drawing.” The software program allows for the production of lines and color fields without the direct intervention of the artist’s hand, thus allowing him the freedom to experiment and engage his subconscious mind, as “a digital breed of automatic writing.” In one body of work, inspired by artist and poet Brion Gysin’s “dream machine” project, Elrod evokes the hallucinatory effects of Gysin’s machine by processing his original drawings into blurred images that create overall fields of colored soft cloud-like forms that resist focus.


Elrod’s work has appeared in Jeff Elrod: Nobody Sees Like Us at MoMA PS1, Long Island City, New York in 2013; FOCUS: Jeff Elrod at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth in 2009; BitStreams at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York in 2001; Glee: Painting Now at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, Connecticut, 2000, and The Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art, Florida, 2001; and Abstract Painting, Once Removed at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, 1998. His paintings are in many prominent public and private collections including that of of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection in Washington D.C. He is a recipient of the Louis Comfort Tiffany award as well as the Claire Hart De Goyer Award given by the Dallas Museum of Art.


Born in Irving, Texas, the artist currently lives and works in Marfa, Texas, and New York City. He is represented by Luhring Augustine Gallery and Simon Lee Gallery.