Theodore Jeremenko was born in Yugoslavia in 1938. When he was twelve, Ted and his family moved to the United States and settled in Philadelphia. In 1962, Ted moved to New York City, where he began a successful career in the banking and computer industries. While his job satisfied many of his interests, he felt the need to get involved in something creative. Combined with his interest in art and the visual beauty he discovered on his early visits to the eastern tip of Long Island, Ted began painting in the early 1970’s.
Ted Jeremenko is a completely self-taught artist. “I paint primarily for myself,” Ted says, “but it is very gratifying to know that my artwork touches other people.” Following a tremendous reaction at the first exhibition of his paintings, he decided to devote more of his energies to his painting.
Ted’s artwork quickly gained a national audience. This success allowed him to settle in the East Hampton area of Long Island, to dedicate his full attention to his paintings.
Ted’s frequent subject matter, including lighthouses, barns, cottages and village scenes, reflect a passion for simplistic, elegant architecture that derives its strength from the environment around it. He has developed and nurtured a sense of craftsmanship that is conveyed through the details of his paintings, from the gentle curve on the top of a window frame, to the symmetry and stature of a beacon light in a distant lighthouse. Perhaps the most beautiful element in Ted’s work is his treatment of foliage. By using a full range of colors, his trees, bushes, and grass acquire a depth that is very painterly, yet precise in its drawing. His vision is one of harmony, in which nature and humanity are bonded by the spirit of coexistence and peacefulness, making a world perhaps not as it is, but certainly as we would like it to be.
Jeremenko explains, “I try to use color to define light and form.” In a personal and sophisticated way, subtle changes in his palette create the differing seasons, as well as, the nebulous time between the seasons. From sunrises to sunsets, calm, clear moonlit evenings to foreboding skies, we respond on an emotional level to a moment captured in eternity.