Name

Jay Fox-Davies MA

About

Artist’s Statement:

‘Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art.’ Leonardo da Vinci.

With all of my work, I hope to communicate with my audience, to express my thoughts and feelings in such a way that it impacts on my viewer’s consciousness, whether it is by the emotion it invokes, positive or negative, the story it tells, or the questions it raises.

Recent work, 'Different World - Different Rules' has its starting point in Hiroshige prints. Like Van Gogh and Hockney, my work has been influenced by the old masters of the orient. Even that which employs the leaf as a metaphor for the human condition in 'The Circle of Life' series refers oriental elements. The size of images vary, however this is only limited by the size of my work space. My imagination has no bounds.

About the Artist:

Jay’s first introduction to formal art was when her father, having seen how she loved to draw and paint, bought her an encyclopedia of art when she was eight years of age. The images of the great masters' work caught her imagination and held her heart. She was fortunate that in Primary School in Scotland the arts were recognized and encouraged. Further inspiration came from school visits to see great original works in galleries in Glasgow and Edinburgh. The painting which had the greatest impact was Salvidor Dali's 'Christ of St John of the Cross'.
Unfortunately because of family circumstances, she was unable to pursue her creative dreams and her first degree was a business degree, specializing in computer programming and marketing. After several years in business, information technology and latterly in education, she combined her business experience and interest in art, to become a mentor for Prince’s Trust and assisted young clients in setting up one of the first on-line art gallery businesses.

Eventually life relented and she was able to concentrate on developing her own creativity and with the encouragement of tutors, to whom she shall be forever grateful, applied for acceptance on an Oxford Brookes University MA Course in Fine Art Drawing, straight from a Foundation Course in Art and Design, without first studying for a BA. She graduated with an MA in Fine Art Drawing for Fine Art Practice in 2015.

Jay has exhibited in the UK and France and was honoured to be selected by the Society of Graphic Fine Artists to exhibit in ‘Draw 15’ at the Menier Gallery, in London. She was also one of the 90 artists selected to draw in the grounds of Windsor Castle in celebration of HM the Queen's 90th Birthday Celebrations.

She has had drawings published in the UK and in the US.

Talks etc:

Past administrator for Drawing Room Gallery London’s Network Forum

Interpretation of Tutankhamen published in Dr Tyldesley’s book, ‘Tutankhamen’s Curse: The developing history of an Egyptian king’ available from Amazon. Published UK and USA.

Drawing published in Diamond Jubilee Publication ‘Best of Britain’

Spoke about her work at Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Took part in workshop re Public Sculpture for Great Western Park and is currently contributing to the creation and selection of a piece of public art for Harwell which will tell Harwell's story, past and present and will carry it into the future.

About her work Jacob Jenkins of "International Contemporary Masters”, a leading juried annual art publication presenting noteworthy artists from all over the world, said ‘2d and 3d mixed media pieces are cutting edge and experimental’ and ‘I was drawn to the works in your drawing and painting folder for their pure aesthetic quality’.

Ex-Member of the new Science Oxford Focus Group

Long term member of Mensa, also former MIDPM, MIITT

Very honoured to be invited to become an Associate Member of Magdalen Road Studios, Oxford’s first artist-run Studios/workshop/Exhibition space.

Invited to become Co-head for Visual Arts Wing of Fledgling Arts Collective

Studio in Oxfordshire.

Cornerstone Arts – Selection panel member

All images in this e-portfoilio are © J Fox-Davies

Work in private collections in UK and Europe.

Experience

Self-Employed
Artist and Designer, Oxfordshire

Education

EdX Certificate of Achievement
Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut
November 2015 – December 2015
EdX Certificate
Tsinghau University, Tsinghau, China
August 2015 – September 2015
MA Fine Art
Oxford Brookes University, Oxfordshire, GB
September 2011 – May 2015

Awards

2016
Semi-Finalist National Open Art Competition Chichester Art Trust
2016
Windsor en Plein Air Queen’s 90th Birthday Windsor & Maidenhead
2015
Selected for presentation Society of Graphic Fine Artists
2015
‘International Postcard Show Competition’ – Runner Up Surface Gallery, Nottingham,
2013
A Winner of the International Artslant Showcase Awards 2013 Artslant
2013
Selected to be part of Culture Wall, Londonderry City of Culture Londonderry Dept of Culture
2012
‘Best of Britain’ Corinium Museum, Cirencester
2009
Top Rated Artist 2009 Paintings I Love

Exhibitions

2016
Windsor En Plein Air at Guildhall, Windsor, Windsor, GB
2016
Pettern at Cornerstone Gallery, Oxfordshire, GB
2016
Aspect – Lines of Perception at West Oxfordshire Art Gallery, Bampton, Oxfordshire
2015
SGFA Draw 15 at Menier Gallery , 51 Southwark Street, London, SE1 1RU.
2015
MA Graduate Show at The Mission, Swindon, GB
2015
Reinventing Research: The Messy Process at The Glass Tank, Oxford, UK
2015
International Postcard Show at Surface Gallery, Nottingham, UK
2014
Imaginarium at La Grange, Loubieng, France
2014
Pintar Rapido London at Chelsea Old Town Hall , London
2014
Portraits at Cornerstone Gallery, Oxfordshire, GB
2013
Pencil Power at RKB Gallery, London, UK
2013
The Colour Green at Cornerstone Gallery, Oxfordshire, GB
2013
Art Duo at White Cottage Gallery, Oxfordshire
2013
The Mind’s Eye at Off White Gallery, Swindon, GB
2012
Memories of Home at La Grange, Loubieng, France
2012
The Invisibles – ‘Now You See It’ at Cornerstone Gallery, Oxfordshire, GB
2012
Best of Britain at Corinium Museum, Cirencester, GB
2012
International Postcard Show at Surface Gallery, Nottingham, GB
2011
Art in Woodstock at Real Wood Furniture Gallery, Woodstock, GB
2010
The Body Unleashed at La Grange, Loubieng, France
2010
Sculpture in the Orchard at The Orchard, Little Wittenham, GB

Specialties

  • Fine Art
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Design
  • Photo Shop
  • Writing
  • Training

Skills

  • Photoshop

Location

Oxfordshire, England