Hunter Jay Fine Art







Hunter Jay

Hunter Jay Fine Art

Denver, CO


My art career began in 1964 with drawings of Godzilla in battle with squadrons of fighter jets. Fellow first graders were my early collectors for these scenes of chaos; all free for the asking. At the time, no one knew I'd rather draw cars and castles, but the Godzilla drawings were so popular and made my friends so happy, I couldn't resist.

When I was ten years old, my parents (AKA Santa Claus) gave me a microscope for Christmas. The entire process of using the microscope fascinated me; the lens that had two settings, the little rectangular glass slides, even the gray metal box it came in! But of course the best thing was getting a good look into an infinitely tiny magical world. A grain of sugar became a revelation to me. A blade of grass could turn into a hairy log! The scales of a butterfly wing astounded me.

I think my parents knew me better than to expect the microscope to be a launching pad into a bio-science career, but if by chance they did, that didn’t happen. In fact, I am quite sure that if I remember correctly, within a matter of a few months my brother or I had somehow accidentally destroyed the thing. We were not careful kids, after all. At least not with complicated things like microscopes.

However... the magnified intricacies of that hidden, secret world have always stayed with me. I was asked to add a flower (in closeup) to a commissioned landscape painting a few years ago, and since that time my direction has slowly changed. I’d been painting broad expanses of sky, and have gradually moved more into the intense focus of a much smaller subject, even though I still love to paint sky.

Many of my paintings incorporate a mystical, soft focus background. The sharp foreground and fuzzy background are distinctly different, but both contribute equally to the overall mood I want to convey. My subject matter varies; it may be a leaf, a flower, a rock, a twig…but my goal is to reveal the wonder of the hidden world around us. I like to focus on the geometry of the composition. Sometimes for me, the composition; the way the elements are arranged... is much more important than the actual subject matter.

My paintings embrace an admiration of simplicity. Colors may be brilliant and bold, but never shocking. The work evokes a contemplative and peaceful place, be it a sun-showered field of daisies or a quiet, icy winter scene. My work has been showcased in juried shows throughout Colorado. In 2006, my work was chosen by acclaimed director Kar Wai Wong to be used in his film "My Blueberry Nights", starring Jude Law, Natalie Portman, Rachel Weiss, and Nora Jones.

AWARDS and Special Interest:

2014 Center of Attention: KDVR FOX31 Artist of the week Good Day Colorado : 12/15-12/19/14
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2014 Denver Hospice Mask Project
2014 Clothes to Kids Exhibition and Benefit
2011 Gardenscapes Exhibition Colorado Women's Chamber of Commerce
2011 DYAO Painted Violin Exhibition and Benefit
2010 Artist of the Month-January-
2008 Hunter's artwork featured in Kar Wei Wong film "Blueberry Nights"
2007 Artist's Magazine Student Still Life Competition - Second Place Cash Award
2007 Kaladi's Halloween Show - Best in Show
2007 Mountain Connection Magazine Cover Competition - Honorable Mention
2007 Himme Productions National Greeting Card Competition - Honorable Mention


The Sunshine of Our Youth by Hunter Jay


Somewhere Only We Know by Hunter Jay


There's Never a Forever Thing by Hunter Jay


Art of Color by Hunter Jay


Ocean Blue by Hunter Jay


Firefly Night by Hunter Jay


These Are The Days by Hunter Jay


Sunset at Maricopa by Hunter Jay


Moonrise by Hunter Jay


Sunset at Treasure Island by Hunter Jay


Rise and Shine by Hunter Jay


Crystal Blue Persuasion by Hunter Jay


Siwash Rock by Hunter Jay


Native Place by Hunter Jay


Whistle Down The Wind by Hunter Jay


Friendly Fish by Hunter Jay


Until The Last Moment by Hunter Jay


Blue Agave by Hunter Jay


I've Never Seen This Day Before by Hunter Jay


Forest Fantasy by Hunter Jay


The Deep by Hunter Jay


The Honeythief by Hunter Jay


All In The Golden Afternoon by Hunter Jay


What's Up, Tigerlily? by Hunter Jay


Sunshine's Daughter by Hunter Jay


Quiet World by Hunter Jay


Siren's Call by Hunter Jay


Romantico by Hunter Jay


Feels Like a New Morning by Hunter Jay


Light And Song by Hunter Jay


Winds of Change by Hunter Jay


Silent Snow by Hunter Jay


Twilight at Hunter Ridge by Hunter Jay


Rebel by Hunter Jay


Into the Wild by Hunter Jay


The Wake by Hunter Jay


Gross, Kelly and Company Warehouse by Hunter Jay


Woodland Spirit by Hunter Jay


Bright As Yellow by Hunter Jay


Grayson by Hunter Jay


Toby by Hunter Jay


Bear by Hunter Jay


White Dog 2 by Hunter Jay


white dog 1 by Hunter Jay


Tamboo by Hunter Jay


Afterglow by Hunter Jay


Water Shows the Hidden Heart by Hunter Jay


Last Light by Hunter Jay