Jay Castle

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All of my life I have been exposed/involved in one sort or another of visual materials production, from early days as a designer of oil refineries, to a career as advertising director of various men’s wear companies, to another career with some major advertising agencies (where I developed campaigns for Rocky, Annie Hall and other films), to yet another career as a screenwriter, and finally in TV Production with my wife where we have had a show on PBS Stations for 15 years.

Now, as things slow down, I have an opportunity to follow up on all those moments when I have seen something really exciting, interesting, very beautiful, and, most of all, something that produces pleasure, and said to myself, “Gee, I would really like to paint that.”

So, with some wise instructors at the Art Student’s League in New York to point the way, I have been painting and drawing seriously for the past 7 years. For me it’s an activity that was never about “showing” or selling art. It was always about just making art.


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All of my life I have been exposed/involved in one sort or another of visual materials production, from early days as a designer of oil refineries, to a career as advertising director of various men’s wear companies, to another career with some major advertising agencies (where I developed campaigns for Rocky, Annie Hall and other films), to yet another career as a screenwriter, and finally in TV Production with my wife where we have had a show on PBS Stations for 15 years.

Now, as things slow down, I have an opportunity to follow up on all those moments when I have seen something really exciting, interesting, very beautiful, and, most of all, something that produces pleasure, and said to myself, “Gee, I would really like to paint that.”

So, with some wise instructiors at the Art Student’s League in New York to point the way, I have been painting and drawing seriously for the past 7 years. For me it’s an activity that was never about “showing” or selling art. It was always about just making art.

To me the problem of showing or selling is that it creates situations where artists, no matter how good and creative they are, are forced to imitate themselves. Even though that approach can and does often lead to commercial success, it seems the end of the joy of making art.

People like what I do, and that makes me feel good. Art should be a form of communication, and when people like what you do that means that you have communicated. If that communications leads to some one buying my work, then that’s great.

But, for me, the joy of painting for fun, means almost never doing the same thing twice.


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