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Personal Narrative: An Art Portfolio by Jaye Early

A painting using bright colors and hard-edged geometric forms5

Jaye Early works in a range of media, including painting, mixed media and performance. The artist takes an autobiographical approach to art-making, infusing both his video pieces and his paintings with an introspective, personal narrative.

An abstract painting covered in strips of pink tape4


I like the way that Jaye uses color throughout his art practice – his paintings, and even his performances to some extent are brightly colored. In paintings, this manifests as numerous layers of saturated pigment interacting across a canvas. While some of Jaye’s previous paintings have tended toward heavily textured, painterly abstraction, a lot of his recent works are hard-edged and geometric, sometimes with neon-bright tape adhered directly to the finished work.

The front page of Jaye Early's art


Jaye’s performances and recordings are almost confrontational in the way they’re shot, with the artist facing the camera, and by extension, the viewer, head on, usually quite close. They mimic the format of a personal video log of the sort seen in the early days of Youtube – a type of diary that seems to exist in both public and private space simultaneously.

An installation view of a video art projectPrivate life is public business, HD video on LCD screen

About the author

Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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