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Jeff Gipe

Jeff Gipe is an accomplished visual artist and filmmaker, known for his profound exploration of the US nuclear legacy through various artistic mediums. Growing up near the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant, where his father worked for many years, Gipe developed a deep connection to the subject matter, which continues to inform and inspire his artistic practice. 

Gipe is the creator of the Rocky Flats Cold War Horse, a symbolic monument that stands as a haunting testament to the human and environmental cost of the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant. Additionally, he is an accomplished filmmaker, painter, and sculptor, creating works that challenge and provoke contemplation on the far-reaching implications of the US nuclear legacy. 

Beyond his own artistic practice, Gipe is a contributor to the acclaimed book "Doom with a View," which explores the human and environmental consequences of Rocky Flats. Gipe also lectures and curates exhibits that invite audiences to engage with the complex realities of nuclear weapons production and its long-lasting repercussions. 

Gipe's artwork has been exhibited around the world and has been featured in prominent publications such as The Guardian, Huffington Post, and the Observer. Educationally, Gipe holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in Denver and a Master of Fine Arts degree from New York Academy of Art. 

Gipe's artistic endeavors continue to shed light on the profound nuances of America's nuclear legacy. Through his artistic creations, he challenges audiences to confront the far-reaching implications of nuclear weapons production and fosters a deeper understanding of its impact on human lives and the environment.


Frightening and deeply meaningful. Brecht poem changing a wheel. Why am I anxious…etc. with the invention of conveyor belts and mass production an artificial hand in infinite perspective and the wheel that’s constantly there.  Remembering Fords questionable politics. All of this has a sinister edge that is unnerving. These things brought civilization but brought all these other things that remain hidden in the background. Embedded in our culture in the joy of our culture are the ghosts of bloody hands.

-Vincent Desiderio

Jeff Gipe's untitled fresco—a sort of relief mural—is made of steel wool, a medium I've never before encountered. Its grayness and grittiness are eloquently melancholy. The mother and male child—he's attached to her, but standing in our space, adding to the relief " ;thrust" of the work—belong to the past, suggesting that the work is a kind of screen memory. The steel wool, woven together like gestural strands, is memorable in itself, "backing up" the ghostly, shadowy figures—the steel wool is in effect the substance of shadow—with its atmospheric density.

-Donald Kuspit