Collecting Jaya King

My husband finally had his music room soundproofed – it looks great but pretty bare and when he asked me if I had any artists on my shortlist I didn’t hesitate – Jaya King!

I’ve been following her work for a while now and I’m in love with her spontaneity and spirit of her work. She has an amazing sense of her materials (what ever they are) and brings out the magic in them – her inks are wild and bold, her gouaches are moody and poetic, her collages are portals, her whimsy work is playful and delightful (I have one of her birthday party goats), and her encaustic pieces are layered and exquisite.

Jaya King’s  gouache print, Memphis Shadows (waiting on it’s frame…)

Jaya King’s  gouache on board Out of Tune.

My husband’s request was perfectly timed, we were able to scoop up several musically themed gouache pieces which will no longer be available as Jaya is focusing all her talent on her current encaustic work like these stunning large scale crow pieces like this one promoting the Crow Show which you can still catch if you hurry….

We couldn’t be happier! Nothing like investing in the career of a fantastic artist so she can do more great work and we get to enjoy the art up close and personal every day!

50 and Looking Forward

To celebrate turning 50 the Triton Museum of Art organized a forward looking exhibition of emerging and mid-career artists that will play an important role in the art scene into the future. I was able to meet with a number of the artists at the opening reception last Friday and while this post is by no means comprehensive, I hope it will give readers a taste for more of the exciting work in 50 and Looking Forward which runs until July 12, 2015. Click on the names of the artists for links to their websites.

50 and Looking Forward - Triton - Demetris Washington - photo Marie Cameron 2015

Mind of Gold is a dynamic, bold and colorful painting by Demetris “BAMR” Washington, his tag standing for Becoming A Man Righteously. I wish I’d asked him to tell me about his imagery it’s really intriguing!

50 and Looking Forward - Triton - Shannon Amindon- photo Marie Cameron 2015

Shannon Amindon  and her lovely, layered, mixed media encaustic silhouettes.

50 and Looking Forward - Triton - Shannon Amindon - Stirred by the Wind - photo Marie Cameron 2015

Stirred by the Wind by Shannon Amindon.

50 and Looking Forward - Triton - Julie Hughes - Spore(kle) - photo Marie Cameron 2015

Spore(kle) (detail) installation by Julia Hughes  - acrylic on mylar, paper, wax, glue, thread.

50 and Looking Forward - Triton - Jaya King, The Chicken That Saved the Day and honey : hand model  -  photo Marie Cameron 2015

Jaya King,  her mixed media gouache, The Chicken that Saved the Day and her honey / hand model reenacting the scene.

50 and Looking Forward - Triton - Jojo Perea -The Beautiful Teacher- photo Marie Cameron 2015

The Beautiful Teacher by Jojo Perea painted on recycled cardboard, there was a magnifying glass on hand to catch the fine details.

50 and Looking Forward - Triton - Pantea Karimi - photo Marie Cameron 2015

Pantea Karimi turns to early Persian texts and scientific illustrations for longue durée clues to today’s environment. She meticulously recreates styles of alphabets to employ in her work, these marks at times resembling birds or waves or bookends. Subtle, smart and intriguing!

50 and Looking Forward - Pantea Karimi - Water, Earth Air, Wood -  photo Marie Cameron 2015

Water, Earth, Air, Wood by Pantea Karimi.

50 and Looking Forward - Triton - Cuong Nguyen and model - photo Marie Cameron 2015

Exceptional portraitist, Cuong Nguyen and his beautifully bearded model.

50 and Looking Forward - Triton - Miguel Machuca - Unlocking through Fear- photo Marie Cameron 2015

Unlocking Through Fear by Miguel Machuca.

50 and Looking Forward - Triton - Vanessa Callanta - photo Marie Cameron 2015

Vanessa Callanta and her personality filled portraits.

50 and Looking Forward - Triton - Viviana Paredes - photo Marie Cameron 2015

Viviana Paredes works with glass and natural materials in her sculptures that explore a cultural tradition of the natural and the sacred in an changing world.

50 and Looking Forward - Triton - Viviana Paredes corn cache detail - photo Marie Cameron 2015             50 and Looking Forward - Triton - Viviana Paredes - Talismu - photo Marie Cameron 2015           50 and Looking Forward - Triton - Viviana Paredes - Heirloom Corn Cache  - photo Marie Cameron 2015

Heirloom corn kernels in glass flasks (details from wall installation)  and Talismu by Viviana Paredes.

50 and Looking Forward - Triton - Patrick Hofmeister and painting - photo Marie Cameron 2015

Patrick WäDL Hofmeister paints intricate, highly symbolic and often autobigraphical worlds .

50 and Looking Forward - Triton - Stephanie Metz sculptures- photo Marie Cameron 2015

Flesh and Bone  felted wool sculptures by Stephanie Metz.

Reception at the Triton

Yes, it feels every bit as good as I thought it might to have a painting hanging in the Triton! It’s such well regarded museum with a beautiful exhibition space and to have Feathers hanging alongside the works of so many of my piers made me feel truly at home! Thanks to friends and family who came out to share this evening with me – you’re the best!

First place was awarded to two artists this year (I know both of them!) Cuong Nguyen (who also won the painting competition last time ’round and is so good they might just devote a wing to him) and Holly Van Hart (who just joined the Los Gatos Museums Gallery). They each get a solo show!

In fact, the Gallery was very well represented with nine member artists in the show. In addition to Holly and me, there was David Stonesifer (with two pieces), Donna Orme, Will Maller, Ed Lucey, Ellen Howard, Linda Smythe, and Joan Harvey.

Artists I know and love, Jaya King (two pieces), Mei-Ying Dell’Aquila, Teresa Ruzzo and Brigitte Curt were also included. So much really interesting work – I need to go back for a better look!

Triton Statewide - Gallery View - photo Marie Cameron 2013

Proud to be hanging on this wall as you enter with with Jaya King and Cuong Nguyen!

Triton Statewide - Marie Cameorn and Preston Metcalf - photo Ann Dubois 2013

Talking with Chief Curator Preston Metcalf about my project plans for 2014.

Triton Statewide - Cuong Nguyen- photo Marie Cameron 2013

Cuong with his first place winning Portrait of Paul as Leonardo.

Triton Statewide - Holly Van Hart - photo Marie Cameron 2013

Holly Van Hart in front of her painting Possibilities Abound.

Triton Statewide - Jaya King - photo Marie Cameron 2013

Jaya King with her moving paintings in the upper left and lower right (see below)

Triton Statewide - Jaya King's Little Silver Bullet From a Pretty Blue Gun- photo Marie Cameron 2013

Jaya’s Little Silver Bullet from a Pretty Blue Gun.

Triton Statewide - Joan Harvey - photo Marie Cameron 2013

Joan Harvey with her painting Endless Summer.

Triton Statewide - Gallery View 3 - photo Marie Cameron

I met the artist, Vincent Liu who painted Kung Pao Chicken hanging in the upper left and chatted with Linda Smythe who painted Pretty in Pink.

Triton Statewide - The Boys - photo Ann Dubois 2013

With the boys.

Triton Statewide - My Crew - photo Ron Dell'Aquila 2013

With the girls

Triton Statewide - Galler Viewers 2 - photo Marie Cameron 2013

 

Triton Statewide - Pam Prentice and Marie Cameron - photo Daniel Margulies 2013

I first met Pam Prentice, a Bay Area blogger at one of my Open Studios.

Triton Statewide - Gallery View 2 - photo Marie Cameron 2013

Triton’s Midsummer Art Celebration

It’s that time of year again when the Triton Museum of Art hosts it’s annual Midsummer Arts Celebration. The sculpture garden sprouted with tents filled with art, jewelry and other wearable crafts. There was live music all day although I heard I’d missed out on a jam session with George Rivera on drums!  I did see some juggling and enjoyed ice cream while checking out the creative output of the local artists who came out to support the Triton!

Midsummer Art Festival Triton Artists Tents 2013

Midsummer Art Celebration Triton Art Tents 2013

The Los Gatos Art Association and the Los Gatos Museums Gallery were well represented with lots of their member artists exhibiting (I’m a member of both of these organization – but couldn’t take on one more thing!). The following is a sampling of participating artists, I’ve provided links to their websites where applicable, so if you’re interested, just click on their name or photo.

Midsummer Art Festival Triton LGAA sign 2013

I wonder which one of our members of the Los Gatos Art Association is responsible for this fun sign – I suppose I should recognize the style, but there are over 200 of us I think! Clearly, I’m not represented as I would be a long haired calico.

Midsummer Art Festival Triton Maralyn Miller 2013

LGAA member, Maralyn Milller had her gorgeous California landscape oils on exhibit!

Midsummer Art Festival Triton Rebecca White 2013.jpg

Rebecca White showed her lovely plein air work. She’s an LGAA member and heads up the plein air group – one day I’ll get out there with you Rebecca and we’ll paint up a storm!

Midsummer Art Festival Triton Denise Natanson-Marcus 2013

I met Denise Natanson-Marcus who is a new member of the LGAA who brought her vibrant landscapes.

Midsummer Art Festival Triton Patty Montgomery 2013

I was happy to meet Patty Montgomery of the LGAA for the first time as well and really enjoyed her mixed media pieces which had bits of bags, dental floss and can pulls collaged into her textured and subtly colored (almost monochromatic) works. Loved her compositions!

Midsummer Art Festival Triton Julia Watson 2013.jpg

Julia Watson member of the LGAA and LGMG  (and part-time manager of the latter) exhibited her lovely florals that she paints in oil.

Midsummer Art Festival Triton Nina Bricker 2013

Nina Bricker of the LGAA showed a variety of great pieces including this striking owl print.

Midsummer Art Festival Triton Michael Rogan 2013

Michael Rogan is a member of both the LGAA and the LGMG – he brought some of his beautiful watercolor landscapes.

Midsummer Art Festival Triton Donna Orme 2013.jpg

Donna Orme of the LGMG was exhibiting her dynamic mixed media abstract work as well as her richly textured afghans.

Midsummer Art Festival Triton Al Preciado 2013

Al Preciado, member of Kaleid Gallery was showing his exuberant mixed media paintings and sculptures and demonstrating his tin foil construction technique and offering samples to children.

Midsummer Art Celebration Triton Al Preciado's dogs 2013

I thought his dogs, especially the one in the front with its hatchet blade tongue were pretty bad ass!

Midsummer Art Celebration Triton Jaya King Art Demo 2013

Artists Jaya King (above) and Jeff Bramschreiber who are art educators at the Triton each had their own tents where they were demonstrating  aspects of their creative process.

Midsummer Art Celebration Triton Jaya King's art 2013

I bought Jaya’s whimsical mixed media painting Lisa Tries to Help – so adorable!

Midsummer Art Celebration Triton Portrait Painting & Tarot Card  Reading 2013

You could have your tarot cards read or your portrait painted by artist David Meija.

Midsummer Art Celebration Triton Mary's Chutney food truck 2013

Or you could graze through a variety of yummy ethnic food trucks. Oh I do hope to run into Mary’s Chutney truck again before the next solstice!

 

Jaya King at the Midsummer Art Celebration

Midsummer Art Festival Triton Jaya King's tent 2013

 

Midsummer Art Celebration at the Triton Museum of Art - cover art Jaya King 2013


Midsummer Art Celebration

Jaya King is the Midsummer Celebration or at least her spirit is the embodiment of it – or maybe I just really like her and her work (I’ll just say it’s her art that adorns the postcard this fundraising event for the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara)! Part of what I really enjoyed is how she owned her space, how she brought in pieces that reflected her whimsical, colorful and layered work.  Like her pale pink and white striped painting trolley,  a vintage mint green display trunk and animal themed linens and sculptures. This world of inspiration helps to give the viewer a context for her work, the only thing it was missing was a goat nibbling at her art and some birds flitting about, maybe a shaggy miniature pony eating birthday cake and some chickens and geese going after tail feathers underfoot. But it was all there – in the art.

Midsummer Art Festival Triton Jaya King and turquoise fawn 2013

It wasn’t just her environment that reflected her work but the way that Jaya presented herself in her hand painted and ribboned corset, her layered and painted tutu (with train) and playful accessories that really helped to blur the line between artist and art!

Midsummer Art Festival Triton Jaya King's Fawn painting and inspiration 2013

 

Midsummer Art Festival Triton Jaya King Just Us Kids 2013

 

Midsummer Art Festival Triton Jaya King's paintings 2013

 

Midsummer Art Festival Triton Jaya King flying Pig Business Card Holder 2013

It’s really appealing when business cards are presented in a unique and inviting fashion that says something about the spirit of the work! Jaya’s flying pig is a perfect solution.

Midsummer Art Festival Triton Jaya King painting 2013

 

It was fascinating to watch Jaya as she demonstrated her process of layering washes of acrylic over swatches of patterned paper she had fixed to the canvas that she uses as a base for her animal paintings. The animals themselves are both from her real life and from her very active and rich imagination. Jaya even has Facebook page devoted to animals, Farms, Feathers & Four Legged Friends. Each painting has a fun story behind it which Jaya ids more than happy to share.

Midsummer Art Festival - Triton Marie Cameron & Jaya King 2013

I had met Jaya at a Silicon Valley Open Studio event in the spring of 2009 and was so impressed with her use of color and pattern and text, her often off-center, closely cropped images and her sensitive and playful portrayal of animals. I fell in love with two of her paintings of Cockatoos that day, I Spy and Napoleon – reluctantly and regrettably, I decided that I couldn’t buy other people’s art until I had my new studio built. These funny little bargains we make with ourselves. So while I missed out on those two mixed media treasures I’ve followed Jaya’s work and have been so impressed her talent and versatility!

She had an impressive solo show at Nieto Fine Art in San Fancisco where she exhibited a very different vein of her work, evocative portraits and landscapes richly textured and layered with an exquisite handling of color and materials. I loved them! I covet them!!

Midsummer Art Festival Triton Jaya King and her painting Lisa Tries To Help 2013

Here she is posing for me with Lisa Tries to Help the adorable mixed media collage painting of a goat “helping” with gift wrap.

Midsummer Art Festival Triton Jaya King Corset and Lisa the Goat 2013. jpg

I couldn’t resist one last photo of Jaya and her fabulous hand painted corset before she wrapped up that sweet painting for me to take home! Come along Lisa.

 

 

Fur, Feathers & Fins – the Beat Goes On

Pre-FF&F Asian Pear Sangria

First Fridays – It’s when all the arts all over the Bay Area  seem to be on display.  The Pacific Art League, for instance had an opening reception for four exhibits in their make-shift facility on Forest (their longtime, historic home next door is undergoing a major retrofit overhaul). There was a solo exhibition of watercolor paintings by Zhao Nan Duan,  Fur, Feathers & Fins, a regional group exhibition juried by Michael Azgour,  a group exhibition of contemporary abstract work and The Beats – Back Where It All Began, poetry and music presented by Leah Lubin. A lot going on in a very small space!

Poetry reading presented by Leah Lubin at PAL - FF&F 2013


Poetry reading.

When I arrived with my family we had just missed the announcements and award ceremony. My painting, End of Spring, was hanging in the corner behind the large watercolor by Zhao Nan Duan which had been placed there to introduce him but remained for most of the evening. The poets and musicians were in full swing and my family left without getting to see my piece on exhibit. Sigh!

First Friday Opening Reception at PAL-Fur, Feathers & Fins & Poetry


Large turnout for First Friday reception!

The poetry and music was a big hit and there was a great turn out for it, something I may have been in the mood for if I was in a different frame of mind but I was really more interested in speaking with the other visual artists who were attending the reception.

FF&F at PAL Isaias Sandoval - Sad Rose - Oil

Congratulations to Isaias Sandoval, who I know from the Los Gatos Art Association. He was awarded first place for his oil painting Sad Rose. He had both fur and feathers! The juror loved his use of metaphor.

FF&F at PAL - Denise Howard - Golfer's Error - Graphite

Denise Howard took second place for her graphite drawing, Golfer’s Error. Here the juror appreciated her light consistent touch and the clear telling of a complete story. And I had asked my kids before the show if they thought I would have the only dead animal in the show! Denise tells me that she’d also drawn a sparrow, called Ascension, who had sadly hit her window.

FF&F at PAL - Maura Carta - Rabbit - Oil

Maura Carta was awarded third place for her oil painting Rabbit. Here the juror commented on the varied but cohesive brush strokes that beautifully evoked the softness of the plush toy and blanket.

FF&F at PAL Mei-Ying Dell'Aquila - two oil

My friend Mei-Ying Dell’Aquila was awarded honorable mention for Liberty Prometheus : Gift, the oil painting on the left. Her Liberty Prometheus : Punishment was also selected for the exhibition.  Mei-Ying’s works are rich with symbolism and allegory, my photo caught too much glare and doesn’t do them justice.

FF&F at PAL Mei-Ying Dell'Aquila - oil (detail)

Here’s a detail from Liberty Prometheus : Gift - her crow and pomegranate are two subjects I’m always drawn to and she’s rendered them so lushly!

FF&F at PAL - Jaya King - Black, White and Red All Over - Acrylic and Collage

I’m a big fan of my friend Jaya King’s work she has a playful and whimsical side as seen here in her painting, Black, White and Red All Over and a moving lyrical side which is evidenced in her work through Nieto Fine Art.

FF&F at PAlL - Ellen Litwiller -  Quagga - Oil

My daughter and I were quite taken with this oil painting by Ellen Litwiller entitled Quagga (Last One Died August 12, 1883). It’s faded sepia tones are like an old photograph, it has a loose ghostly quality so suitable for a tragically extinct animal, the repetition of vertical lines throughout bring to mind a cage and echo the pattern of it’s coat. The incorporation of text not only lends context but is a great graphic element that helps to anchor the piece.

FF&F at PAL - Matre Thompson - Discussion ( Dicus Pair) Acrylic

The soft patterns and richly subdued color palette of Marte Thompson’s acrylic painting, Discussion (Discus) were really lovely.

FF&F at PAL Marie Cameron- End of Spring - oil


End of Spring unveiled!

Finally, my oil painting, End of Spring was revealed near the end of the reception, just in time for a snap – compliments of my photographer friend, Ron Dell’Aquilla (who just won first place in the the Triton Museum of Art’s  2013 Statewide Photography Competition/ Exhibition where he was awarded his own solo show)!  I capped off my evening over impossibly viridian green Italian drinks, mint in name only, with my very first Californian friend, artist Ai Aroner, who used to work at the Pacific Art League in the days that I volunteered there back before the dot.com bust. Cin-cin!