JAY BOLOTIN

~~A native of Kentucky and acclaimed musician and visual artist, Jay has combined his twin pursuits of art and music in a highly original animated production "The Jackleg Testament" in which he has animated his woodcuts and set them to his original score. Previous productions include "The Hidden Boy", which had it's American premiere in New York City’s City Center Theater, and "Limbus: A Mechanical Opera", under the direction of world-renowned opera director Jonathan Eaton, which incorporates performers and the artist’s giant mechanical sculptures. In his print works, Bolotin draws inspiration from literary sources, such as William Blake’s work, which has a close affinity to Bolotin’s own complex and ambiguous narratives. His woodcuts are in the collections of The New York Public Library, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Cincinnati Art Museum and many other public and private colections. Bolotin's work has been recognized by a Major Fellowship and New Works Grants from The Ohio Arts Council as well as a MacDowell Colony Fellowship.
~~As a musician and songwriter Bolotin has worked with Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard and Dan Fogelberg. Kristofferson named Bolotin "one of the three best songwriters in the country". Bolotin gives regular concerts in the U.S. and abroad.


LIMBUS FATUO'RUM, 1992,
~~A 12 color woodcut in three panels. Printed on Rives paper the work is 51 x 75 inches (129.5 x 190.5cm). Published in a signed and numbered edition of 25.
~~The print bears the same name as Jay Boloton's latest work in progress, a mechanical opera, featuring kinetic sculpture, a falling boulder, an original score and stage set, all created by the artist.

PARADISE OF FOOLS, 1993
Color Woodcut
22in x 30in (56cm x 76cm)
Edition of 35



ADAM & EVE: & OSKAR, 1996
~~This suite of color woodblock prints are the artist's intuitive exploration of that infamous biblical incident variously known as The Fall From Grace, Banishment From The Garden of Eden, or The Loss of Innocence. This suite of prints was the jumping off point for Jay's feature length animation "The Jackleg Testament". Each print is 44 x 40 inches (paper size) and was published in an edition of 20.


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