“over time, you begin to see structures in your paintings that repeat. the color scheme and mood may be very different, but the structure is obviously (to me) similar. is that a good or bad thing? some would say that those are memory structures from our childhood that cannot and should not be avoided. some would say it is a deficit of imagination. i have no idea. i have come to believe that it is just something you have to live with unless the composition itself is horrid.”

– jay zerbe

Thoughts On Color

Article by Chery Baird Color is probably the most complicated element in art. We all have our preferences in color but that doesn’t always make for a good painting, collage or drawing. I tell my students I want them to be full spectrum painters. That means using the...

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show in nyc, 2018!

i just found out that the "Kindred Spirits" show curated by Katherine Aimone has been unanimously approved by the board of the Painting Center in NYC! this is a big deal. 6 artists will be in the show. i will definitely travel to nyc for the opening. i don't know the...

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1980’s flashback

in 1983, i decided to give up painting on canvas. the final 3 pieces i did were a series based on African art. i had collected quite a bit of African art by that time, and it was a strong influence on my work. just recently, i sold the last piece from that series to...

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Van Der Plas Gallery Opening

I'm glad to be showing in new York city in July. I will be in a juried show at the van der plas gallery on the lower east side. there are eleven artists in the show. one of the artists will be selected for a solo show at a later...

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Kindred Spirits – Save The Date

NATIONAL EXHIBITION OPENS AT GREENVILLE CENTER FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS (click image above to open and download event brochure) Greenville Center for the Creative Arts 25 Draper St., Greenville, SC   29611 West Greenville Arts District   CENTER HOURS: 9AM- 5PM, Monday...

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The Lubeznik Center

The show at the Lubeznik Center for the Arts is up now for 2 months. The opening was wonderful! Lots of people, good food, and a beautiful installation. Here are some photos from the event.

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Process and Inspiration

“shrineOfTheMystic” 201648x60x1.5” acrylic and crayon on canvas. I moved to Michigan City three-and-a-half years ago from Chicago. Here I live surrounded by a meadow, with a small pond and a spring-fed creek. After 62 years of living cities (36 of those in Chicago),...

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The Passion In Collecting Art

"I find it interesting that people who visit our home, even art-lovers themselves (but not artists) think that all the pieces in our house, except for the African art, are all my work. Just like art itself, the love of art and the relationship one has with each...

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Zerbe: 2015 Year In Review

Zerbe Studio 2015 - 50 Years of Art and Counting Jay Zerbe’s work moved forward during 2015, mostly because of stronger compositional choices, influenced by his collages. But also because brighter colors crept into his palette, perhaps reflecting a settling in to more...

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