JAY ETKIN Representation (2) Website CV
Memphis, TN | Painting, Sculpture, Mixed Media, Installation
My professional history in the Arts spans well over four and a half decades. I am an arts advocate, a gallerist, a painter, a collector of Contemporary and Ethnographic Art, a community activist, a neighborhood builder through the Arts, and an Educator. I have been exhibiting steadily since 1970…with collections in Europe, Japan, Israel, Canada, and throughout the United States.
My brief bio includes growing up in NYC. I started painting as a small boy; graduating from Brooklyn College (Brooklyn, NY) in 1971 with a B.A. in Fine Arts and Education; apprentice and studio assistant to Realist painter, Philip Pearlstein; running outreach programs for ‘at-risk’ kids since the early 70’s; teaching; illustrating; running galleries and alternative spaces for many decades; collaborating with the dance and theater communities, as well as writers, musicians, and filmmakers.
I have supported many Charitable Organizations including the Alzheimer’s Association, LeBonheur Children’s Hospital, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Boys and Girls Clubs, and others.
I am known for my live painting performances and my installation art as well. I am an active art consultant for corporations and have had an emphasis on Hospital and Bank environments. I regularly teach ‘professional practices’ for the local art community and the College of Art. I am extremely generous with my time in supporting the greater Memphis community.
I am a long term Memphian and very passionate about this City.
I struggle through each painting physically and emotionally. It is the passion and commitment to the paint that holds the work together. All the time spent in the studio, moving and scraping, adding, subtracting and blending, endless blending, because I want something to come out of that process.
Beauty in abstraction is a powerful working together of form and color and technique that is very personal and works on an intimate level that's intuitive rather than intellectual. I liken myself to a mad scientist in a laboratory whose goal is to make some fantastic thing happen. And as in science, unexpected things do happen. I strive for this experience. The work is a sifting through the personal; all those things that affect me.
I've been painting with oils for over 45 years and it's never boring. I feel as if I've just touched the surface of what I can do with paint. I acknowledge the intellectual aspect of painting, but just standing in front of a piece, living, moving, breathing, just the doing of it will get me to the outcome. Every piece is an adventure.