‘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.
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.