Jay Koka: “Carmel’s main street Ocean Avenue has been a venue that has been very good to me over the years serving as the backdrop for a number of major works.
“Lussori” and “Art Imitating Life Imitating Art” immediately come to mind as very large, very complex images with an unmistakable Carmel “feel”.
An early evening walk along Ocean last year during the annual Car Week presented me with the idea for this latest look at the street. Cathy and I were walking along Ocean after dinner when I noticed a 918 parked across the street. I almost passed it by because Ocean Ave is divided with a major boulevard that can be quite complicated to get across anywhere but at the intersections. But at the last moment I thought that 918’s aren’t something you see all over the place so, while Cathy stayed behind, I made my way to the car.
And am I ever glad I did… not only did I get to have a good look at the gorgeous 918, but I also immediately saw the concept for the painting. The powerful headlight beams from approaching cars in the background created a magical effect burning away major portions of the image and casting a veritable rainbow of complex colors on the entire scene. Add to that the effect of the tailights of cars already passed on the front of the 918 and the result is an interesting balance of colors from corner to corner of the painting.
In the end, there is something very inviting and compelling about this very large, major painting.”
Jay Koka: “I saw a photo of a billboard in Shanghai about six or seven years ago and sort of filed it in my mind and my “ideas” folder. I found that there was something really captivating about the model. She is obviously quite beautiful but sort of in your face with attitude at the same time. A look I couldn’t resist…
Half a decade later I finally got around to doing the painting and having no idea whatsoever about the Mandarin text on the billboard I proceeded to develop my own. The core of the idea…the concept of the painting is that she, her spectacular emerald jewellery and the Ferrari 488GTB will leave you “breathless”.
I had almost completed the painting with the word “breathless” in white characters as the major message of the billboard. I have an advertising background and for some strange reason one day the thought occurred to me that the word may be wrong… right word but wrong meaning in that context in another language and culture. A mistake that has been made by many advertisers over the years.
I contacted a Madarin speaking aquaintance and, sure enough, I had the wrong word. This was a major calamity because it was right in the middle of the painting occupying a large area that was going to be a major problem to change. It took five days to remove the paint from the area and another three to repaint the area with the correct word.
The new word is, loosly translated, “Wow”. Actually it means “Ye” in Mandarin which would be the exclamation made by someone in Shangahi under the circumstances.
The small text at the bottom? I think most people can figure out what that says.
This is an exceptionally striking painting. Not just because of its large 60x44” (150x110cm) size, but its content and color make it impossible to ignore on a wall. A long time in the making, I am very happy with the result.”
"Hot" is the only word that can adequately describe Jay Koka's latest in the Drift series.
The Drift No3 follows the general concept of the very successful No1 of 2000 and No2 of 2008. All three are somewhat minimalist concentrating on the effect of speed on a car...but not in a straight line...more at the edge of a long drift. Each is also representative of the painting style of the period.
Feartures the outstanding Porsche 918.
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No armchair traveller, AFAS member Jay Koka has actually been to the worldwide locations featured in his paintings. In recent years he portrayed locations in South America 2014 Paintings » and recorded extensive travels in southeast Asia 2015 Paintings »
‘Old Propaganda Posters’ is an immensly successful example based on an old Chinese quarter setting in Hanoi. The completely modern LaFerrari turns into an intersection in a incongruously old and cluttered setting.
"Around The Corner" is a followup to the 2015 work. The title isn't a play on words... the setting really is "around the corner" from the previous painting.
This time, an F12 gingerly winds its way into an intersection cluttered with cars, scooters and pedestrians. The setting is actually "enhanced" to get across the idea of clutter and activity. Close examination reveals a representation of the inconceivable number of scooters and mopeds that ply the streets of Hanoi.
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“I find world travel invigorating for my soul and of immense influence on my art. Direct personal experience of a location is invaluable in interpreting and transferring the scene to the canvas. I know it sounds corny, but all places have a very unique feel that I endeavor to get across in the work.”
Eleven years later, Jay Koka returns to create the 2016 Eyes On Design poster/event art, his second for the well-known, long-running concours event.
Sharp eyed viewers will recognize the car... the magnificent 1931 Cord L-29 LaGrande Speedster which was presented in Jay Koka's 2012 Peter Helck Award winning "Savannah No5" set in one of Savannah’s historic squares.
This time, the car is presented at the front door of the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores near Detroit. The art is featured in the event poster as well as other items related to the event.
The original painting for the 2004 Eyes on Design Automotive Design Exhibition, located at the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores, near Detroit featured the LeMans race-winning Gulf GT40's. The painting depicts the car which won Lemans twice, once as #6 and later as #9. The artist's working title of this painting is "Race Study 3" later renamed by the organizers as "An American Moment at LeMans".
The 53rd Annual International Meet of the Ferrari Club of America takes place in Columbus, Ohio mid-June 2016. Featured model is the 275GTB. The Columbus area is the heart of Amish country which suggested the theme for the poster. This is Jay Koka's 11th poster for the FCA.
FCA International Meet - Ohio - POSTER (click to enlarge)
FCA Pennsylvania Concours - May 2016 (click to enlarge)
Held at the Reading Country Club, the Pennsylvania Concours is the successor to the late Pietro Castiglioni's popular, long-runnning event. Featured model for 2016 is the Testa Rossa.
FCA Pennsylvania Concours - POSTER (click to enlarge)