J. Jay West is a mixed media artist based in Hawaii. In his practice, Jay creates artistic objects that combine an abstracted aesthetic with a sense of concrete tactility, utilizing traditional art materials as well as found objects to produce works worth a second look.
I like the way that Jay uses colour in his portfolio. The artist’s works vary widely in terms of composition and medium, but there’s a cohesive colour palette that runs throughout Jay’s work. Bright blue tiles factor prominently in his mosaics, for example, and these same blue hues make up portions of sky and water in landscape works, both abstract and realistic. Warm oranges and pinks often evoke clear sunsets.
I’m particularly taken by Jay’s work in hot cast glass -- the works in this series suggest beach glass, rounded at the edges and with a pleasantly worn appearance, as though they’ve seen much more than the interior of a gallery space.