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Friday Night on Ocean by Jay Koka
"Friday Night on Ocean"
"Friday Night on Ocean"
Title: "Friday Night on Ocean"
by Jay Koka, © 2017
60”w x 36”, acrylic on canvas, private collection

Jay Koka: "Ocean Avenue is the main street in Carmel (California, USA) that runs from Hwy 1 down to the beach. "Car Week" is the week that culminates in the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance held at the nearby Pebble Beach golf facility each August. 2017 is the 67th year of the Concours so you can imagine that there is a huge influx of exotic vehicles... and Ocean Avenue is perhaps one of the best places to see them night and day.

Our after-dinner walks on Friday and Saturday nights always include a stroll down Ocean and the car parade never disappoints. My latest painting captures that moment on the line just before an impromptu ...and always exceptionally "short-lived"... drag across the intersection. Here we have a Lamborghini Huracan, Ferrrari LaFerrari and Porsche 918 just a moment before the brake lights dim. Visual excitement for all exotics fans."

A very large and well detailed major work.

F12 at Vesuvio by Jay Koka
"F12 at Vesuvio"
"F12 at Vesuvio"
Title: "F12 at Vesuvio"
by Jay Koka, © 2017
44”w x 30”, acrylic on canvas, private collection

Jay Koka: "When in Carmel (California, USA), we stay at the Bayview Inn on Junipero near Ocean. Almost directly across the road is "Vesuvio", a standout eatery now brought to you by Richard Pepe the well-known restauranteur in Carmel.

Since we stay just across the road, we walk by the front of Vesuvio many times during each visit. Invariably, the front of the restuarant is graced with a collection of really fine cars, no doubt all in for Car Week.

The lighting in early evening is always compelling but this time, with the bougainvillias especially on fire, I resolved to do a paintng of some sort to capture this moment. The Ferrari F12 is a worthy visitor between a Porsche GT3 and a Ferrari 488GTB. In the spirit of full disclosure, I should mention that there has been some artistic license in that a large evergreen immediately in front of the main door has been removed along with the "jut" in the sidewalk and pavement so that the F12 could take the prime position immediately in front of the door. Very warm coloring with most of the painting's light spilling out from the inside...and the bouganvillias are stunning."

Ferrari Club of America 2017 by Jay Koka
"Ready For The Grid" FCA 2017, Daytona
"Ready For The Grid"
Ferrari Club of America 2017, Daytona

Title: "Ready For The Grid"
by Jay Koka, © 2017
48”w x 28”, acrylic on canvas, private collection

The 2017 Annual Meet of the Ferrari Club of America at Daytona marks the iconic 1-2-3 Ferrari finish at the 1967 Daytona Continental 24 Hours. The 330 P3/4 spyder, chassis 0846, winner of the race is featured in the painting titled "Ready for the Grid". Unfortunately 0846 met with a serious accident and at Le Mans a few months later and the remains were destroyed by Ferrari. This is the original event art that has been published in an exclusive FCA edition of 500 signed/numbered/embossed prints on paper, approx 10 x 14.5 inches for distribution at the event. Also released in a full size canvas edition of 20 signed/numbered prints at 48x28".

Exclusive FCA Limited edition print
"Ready For The Grid"
An edition of 500 signed/numbered prints on paper created exclusively for the FCA Daytona event. Please note the PAPER print is not available from the studio, please contact the Ferrari Club of America.

918 at Le Byblos by Jay Koka
"918 at Le Byblos"
918 at Le Byblos
Title: "918 at Le Byblos"
by Jay Koka, © 2016
44”w x 30”, acrylic on canvas, Hirschmann Collection

2016 was the year for the Porsche 918's appearance in Jay Koka's work: "918 on Ocean", "The Drift No3" and now "918 at Le Byblos". Completed for a Swiss client, the painting features Le Byblos (Hotel Byblos), a boutique hotel in Saint-Tropez which featured prominently in the client's youth.

Jay Koka: "Many are surprized to hear that a matte finish car is much more challenging to render than a "shiny" one. This is because the shape of the car is in many ways defined by highlights and reflections which are, of course, absent without the "shine". The complication of this painting was doubled by the fact that the car is dark grey, the image is backlit and it is late night."

918 on Ocean (tap to view)

The Drift No3 (tap to view)

Carter Lincoln at Rockefeller Center
"Carter Lincoln at Rockefeller Center"

Carter Lincoln at Rockefeller Center
Title: "Carter Lincoln at Rockefeller Center"
by Jay Koka, © 2016
30”w x 35”, acrylic on canvas, Larry Carter Collection

The 1932 Lincoln KB LeBaron Roadster, an icon of the art deco era, is presented in an equally iconic setting of the Rockefeller Center in this privately commissioned work. Jay Koka: "I already know the car so I spent a lot of time thinking about the background. Some cars, like this Lincoln embody the very design concepts of an era and so I like to place the car in a complimentary setting. Constructed during the Great Depression’s worst years, the Rockefeller Center project gainfully employed over 40,000 people. When it officially opened in May 1933, it held true to the developing team’s belief that art was an act of good citizenship. 30 Rockefeller Plaza boasted a grand lobby decorated by accomplished European artists, Frank Brangwyn and José Maria Sert."

NAIAS 2017 by Jay Koka
NAIAS 2017

North American International Auto Show 2017
Title: "NAIAS 2017"
by Jay Koka, © NAIAS 2016
34”w x 44”, acrylic on canvas, original with NAIAS

Jay Koka was been commissioned by the North American International Auto Show to create the art for the 2017 event.

Held in Detroit, Michigan, USA at Cobo Hall, the annual show in mid-January features top automotive and technology executives, designers, engineers and thought leaders. Sadly the exciting, vibrant original art was significantly altered by the show's graphic "designer".

FCA Pennsylvania Concours 2017 by Jay Koka
FCA Pennsylvania Concours - May 2017

Ferrari Club of America Penn-NJ
Pennsylvania Concours - May 2017

Title: "Ferrari Club of America
Pennsylvania Concours - May 2017"
by Jay Koka, © 2017
44”w x 34”, acrylic on canvas
Private Collection

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 2017 is the 365GT.
Ferrari Club of America Pennsylvania Concours - May 2017
FCA Pennsylvania Concours - 2017 POSTER

Skipper 1957
"Skipper 1957"

Skipper 1957
Title: "Skipper 1957"
by Jay Koka, © 2016
48”w x 32”, acrylic on canvas, Private Collection

Private commission. 1957 Chevrolet BelAire at a period correct Texaco station in Texas with owner circa 1957. Jay Koka: "I was contacted by the current owner of the car which was owned by his father in the late 50's. His request was to produce a period correct painting featuring his then quite young father. Sourcing the period correct information on the Texaco station was relatively simple though time consuming but the real challenge was capturing the young owner. There simply was not a lot of visual reference...in fact, the information was taken from a small black and white photo from about the correct time period. A challenging, interesting and ultimately a most rewarding project."