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


All That Remains by Hunter Jay


Winter Silence by Hunter Jay


Sound of Summer by Hunter Jay


Verdant by Hunter Jay


Golden Gate by Hunter Jay


Edge of America by Hunter Jay


The Shining Hour by Hunter Jay


The Final Flame by Hunter Jay


Lost by Hunter Jay


Half a World Away by Hunter Jay


Portofino Sea by Hunter Jay


Light in the Forest by Hunter Jay


Isle of Capri by Hunter Jay


Four Seasons in One Day by Hunter Jay


Jubilant by Hunter Jay


Lazy Sunday by Hunter Jay


Aspen Rain Branch2 by Hunter Jay


Aspen Rain Branch by Hunter Jay


Aspen Rain by Hunter Jay


The End of September by Hunter Jay


September Sky by Hunter Jay


When I Dream by Hunter Jay


Water's Edge by Hunter Jay


Silent Snow by Hunter Jay


Inscription Rock by Hunter Jay


Spellbound by Hunter Jay


Big Sur by Hunter Jay


Holding onto the Earth by Hunter Jay


Afternoon High by Hunter Jay


The Long Way Home by Hunter Jay


Sunshine in the Shade by Hunter Jay


The Aunt's House by Hunter Jay


Lost Voices by Hunter Jay


Summer Samba by Hunter Jay


Happy Landings by Hunter Jay


Raucous October by Hunter Jay


Christmas Eve by Hunter Jay


Peace by Hunter Jay


Where the Rose is Sown by Hunter Jay


Farewell To Summer by Hunter Jay


The Berries on Guanella Pass by Hunter Jay


Solstice by Hunter Jay


Kiss of Life by Hunter Jay


Phenomenal World by Hunter Jay


Mountain Echoes by Hunter Jay


The Crossing by Hunter Jay


Red Velvet by Hunter Jay


Exuberant Pumpkin by Hunter Jay