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Hunter Jay

Hunter Jay Fine Art

Denver, CO

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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
Link Here: http://youtu.be/-ktbD_bnX8k

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- Denverartists.com
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

 

Stolen Moments by Hunter Jay

 

Flow by Hunter Jay

 

Chase the Sun by Hunter Jay

 

Waking Up in the Sun by Hunter Jay

 

Trio by Hunter Jay

 

So Red the Rose by Hunter Jay

 

Bright as Yellow by Hunter Jay

 

To the Shore by Hunter Jay

 

Beautiful Stranger by Hunter Jay

 

Rose Arcana by Hunter Jay

 

Shapes that Go Together by Hunter Jay

 

Remembering Venice by Hunter Jay

 

Sign of Summer by Hunter Jay

 

Cerulean by Hunter Jay

 

Bathsheba by Hunter Jay

 

The Orchid in San Juan by Hunter Jay

 

African Tulip by Hunter Jay

 

Wild Orchids by Hunter Jay

 

Lush Life by Hunter Jay

 

Green Mansions by Hunter Jay

 

Early Morning by Hunter Jay

 

Distant Sun by Hunter Jay

 

Anasazi Dreams by Hunter Jay

 

Estes Overlook by Hunter Jay

 

Minor Earth Major Sky by Hunter Jay

 

Nocturne by Hunter Jay

 

Something In Red by Hunter Jay

 

Taos Memory by Hunter Jay

 

Deep In Barbados by Hunter Jay

 

Sometimes In Summer by Hunter Jay

 

Scarlet Nights by Hunter Jay

 

Angel by Hunter Jay

 

Another World by Hunter Jay

 

Solitude by Hunter Jay

 

I'll Be With You Momentarily by Hunter Jay

 

Emerge by Hunter Jay