Reading Faces / The Authors
Central Library, Foyer Gallery Cases
Portraits by Jay Brady
I have been drawing all my life. Some of my influences are: playing in the woods; playing on a construction site; imitating people, animals and objects; watching water pool and flow; watching and listening to branches and leaves in the wind; watching the light change; pretending in the midst of the real world; singing; dancing; Halloween; the work of Degas, Goya, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Lautrec, van Gogh, Cezanne, Manet, Bach, Dvořák, Chopin, Schubert, Louis Armstrong, George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Howlin' Wolf, Charlie Parker, Nino Rota, Benny Goodman, Sidney Bechet, Fred Astaire and Erik Satie; the work found in caves such as those at Altamira and Lascaux; Chinese brush painting; and calligraphers such as Zhang Xu.
I draw spontaneously, absorbing the subject matter, impersonating it inwardly, feeling its inflection and structure—as with music—and then enacting it using marks. As soon as I begin, I have two more tools: accident and improvisation. Drawing is such an absorbing activity—responsive, flexible, investigatory, full of ideas. The intense combination of observation and improvisation creates something like a spell. It's a marvelous condition.
Jay Brady has worked in various forms of printing, print preparation, production and publishing for years. She has exhibited her work at many venues, including the Fiona & Ryan Art Space and Starting Artists in Brooklyn, and the White Street Windows in Manhattan. She earned a BFA from Bennington College.
Mixed-media portraits of authors by Bonnie Gloris
A fleeting moment captured in a snapshot, an intriguing word or phrase, a distant memory that has suddenly surfaced—any of these elements may be my inspiration for a new work of art. As I consider each fresh muse, my vague ideas gradually coalesce into a more coherent concept.
My intuition then guides how to best manifest my vision and combine its elements in a way that is complex without being complicated. For some concepts, a realistic oil painting is fitting. For others, a looser mixed-media piece is more poignant. Some become experimental drawings in my sketchbook. Usually, my focus is the human interest: a figure that becomes the main character in a tantalizing narrative, revealed by some elements of the scene, yet veiled by others—unsettling or comforting, evocative but never pretentious.
The development of my artwork is an organic process; it often suggests approaches to me that I had not anticipated. I add layers and repeatedly bring forth and push back the light and shadow; the colors become saturated and the once-flat surface gains depth. I make patterns emerge from the background, cause nostalgic motifs to appear and immerse the scene in an aura of mystery, working diligently until the piece feels finished. Sometimes the outcome is exactly how I imagined it would be. More commonly it has evolved into something unexpected, bringing realizations of feelings I didn't know I had, but am glad to have discovered.
Bonnie Gloris is the art director of NY Arts magazine and the manager of Broadway Gallery NYC. She has exhibited her artwork in galleries across the country, including shows in New York City, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Detroit, Atlanta and Portland, as well as several solo exhibitions in Jersey City. She was profiled in Communication Arts online magazine, and her work was selected for publication in 3x3 magazine's illustration annual. She earned a BFA in illustration from Parsons the New School for Design.
Anais Nin, 2010
Henry Miller, 2010
Maya Angelou, 2006