Art is my saviour. If I didn't have art I don't know what I would be. Ideas come to mind and I feel compelled to get them on canvas, it's an intuitive process that reflects my mood throughout my journey of completing a piece. I can't see a future without the relief of producing art.
Title: The Odd Bunch, 2020
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 51 x 76.2 cm
This oil painting on canvas is 50 centimetres tall, 75 centimetres wide, and depicts a strange scene where human heads sprout from a field like cabbages. The brown earth in the field has been freshly plowed, the furrows running away from us. In each furrow, rows of heads peek out of the soil, each still with its mouth covered by dirt. Each head is similar, a masculine, middle-aged Caucasian face with a lined brow and wrinkles at the corners of their dark eyes. Each has sandy blonde hair slicked back off the forehead and a flat nose. Each seems to stare directly at us from the canvas and seems content in his unusual habitat, judging from their neutral, relaxed expressions. In all, 21 of these heads grow in the field under a dusty blue sky, some large and close to us, and some way off in the distance, so small they can barely be made out near scrub land that grows at the edges of the field. Jay says of his practice: “Art is my savior. If I didn't have art, I don't know what I would be. Ideas come to mind and I feel compelled to get them on canvas. It's an intuitive process that reflects my mood throughout my journey of completing a pace. I can't see a future without the relief of producing art.”