Jayne Somogy


GYPSY WHIMSY ART by "Somogyi" -- from L.A., CA -- now in Conyers, GA


~ Jayne Somogy--who signs her work as "Somogyi," the ethnically-correct spelling of her Hungarian surname--was born and raised in Ohio, attended college in Indiana & Wisconsin as an art/theatre major, lived most of her life in Los Angeles, and "retired" in 2008 to Conyers, Georgia after a long career as an administrative assistant, legal secretary, proofreader, & graphic artist. But her heart was always in the arts, and that's how much of her free time was spent--acting, singing, dancing, drawing, designing, often on a semi-professional level and earned an additional degree in fashion design from FIDM.
~ Jayne has had a lifetime love affair with the exotic--people, places, objects, music--and her favorite artistic subjects are people, and most especially, people she is never likely to meet--interesting but for the most part anonymous figures from the past who serve to define their particular time and place; individuals from the dwindling tribes of indigenous people in places she has never been; and those unique folks that many consider to have been "freaks of nature" because they didn't look like the rest of us. And because she has been an entertainer all her life, she particularly loves portraying dancers from every discipline and every part of the globe, but most especially belly dancers, her own chosen form of dance. All these individuals are rendered with love, a lightness of touch, a sense of humor, and from a sensitive soul-space that evokes a positive response from the viewer.
~ Jayne works in acrylics, pastels, charcoal, art markers, ink, colored pencil, sometimes adds fabric or collage elements, and has a fine attention to detail and an adventurous approach to color.
~ Originals from XanaduGallery.com, SaatchiArt.com and ArtsyHome.com.
~ Jayne has recently added hand-beaded small accent pillows to her collection. Many utilize her artwork, which is printed onto cotton fabric, then beaded and jeweled and sewn into small pillows. Her beading expertise comes from a number of years making highly decorative, beaded belly dance costumes for herself and others. Find her pillows in her etsy.com store, RaqsRags, or at XanaduGallery.com and ArtsyHome.com.
***Artist Statement***
To me, beauty and truth are everything, and they equal love which, metaphysically and spiritually speaking, is all there is. I strive for beauty, harmony and peace in every facet of my life and, by extension, in my art. I love beautifully curving lines and bright gorgeous colors in unusual combinations, and precise detail. I have had a lifetime affair with the exotic—people, places, objects, music—and I have the soul of a gypsy, traveling through time and space by way of books, television and the internet in order to inform myself about life, and the customs, history, environment and appearance of its fascinating, diverse inhabitants—past, present and future—so that I can present them to you, preserving indigenous cultures as they used to be or before they disappear. I have always been accepting of every type of human—regardless of gender or sexual identity, age, religion, ethnicity, color or race—as long as that human is kind and practices the Golden Rule—and I love drawing all of them! My style is whimsical and has been described as being “informed” which I consider a great compliment. I hope my sense of humor also comes through in my work because . . . well, because life is just . . . FUNNY!


Mid-Century Mode -- Drawing of 1950's Fashion by Jayne Somogy


Excalibur by Jayne Somogy


Model-Year 1955 -- Illustration of 1950's Fashion by Jayne Somogy


Anne Drogyny-- LGBT-friendly portrait by Jayne Somogy


The Look -- the original by Jayne Somogy


Blowin' in the Wind -- Dynamic Fashion Drawing by Jayne Somogy


Candy Striper by Jayne Somogy


Tree Tears by Jayne Somogy


Christmas Legs by Jayne Somogy


Torso in Turquoise by Jayne Somogy


Sardar c. 1900 -- Colorful Indian Maharajah Portrait by Jayne Somogy


Mini Maharajah -- revised -- 3-yr-old Indian monarch by Jayne Somogy


Krishna -- Colorful Portrait of Hindu God by Jayne Somogy


We Are All Goddesses -- Portrait of Hindu Goddess by Jayne Somogy


Facing the Sun for Fecundity -- Indian Woman Nude by Jayne Somogy


I Am Siamese If You Please -- the original -- Siamese Dancer by Jayne Somogy


Kumkuma -- Close-up Portrait of Indian Woman by Jayne Somogy


Bundled and Barefoot -- Portrait of Old Asian Woman Outdoors by Jayne Somogy


Bundled and Barefoot -- Red Glow by Jayne Somogy


Korean Farmer -- the original -- Old Asian Man Outdoors by Jayne Somogy


Korean Farmer -- Vintage Sunglow by Jayne Somogy


Korean Farmer -- Negative by Jayne Somogy


Korean Farmer on Red Earth by Jayne Somogy


Samurai-san -- Portrait of Japanese Warrior by Jayne Somogy


Caretaker, Chinese Palace -- the original -- Portrait of Old Asian Man by Jayne Somogy


Tibetan Pilgrim -- Portrait of Old Asian Man by Jayne Somogy


Dandy in Derby -- the original -- Colorful Whimsical Man in Derby with Cigar by Jayne Somogy


Hungarian Dandy with Cigar, 1930 -- Retro Colorful Portrait of Ethnic Man with Cigar by Jayne Somogy


Gypsy Man -- Portrait of Romany Gypsy Man Smoking by Jayne Somogy


Berber -- Portrait of North African Tribal Woman by Jayne Somogy


Embroidered Blue Lady-Cage -- Woman in Burka by Jayne Somogy


Josephine Baker by Jayne Somogy


Gloria -- Portrait of Silent Film Star Gloria Swanson by Jayne Somogy


Deadly Diva, Mata Hari -- Portrait by Jayne Somogy


Gong Li -- Chinese Film Star by Jayne Somogy


Film Star Negative -- Portrait of Chinese Film Star by Jayne Somogy


Audrey Hepburn by Jayne Somogy


Woman in Turtleneck -- Portrait of Audrey Hepburn by Jayne Somogy


Mona Lisa, Redux, in Gray Hoodie -- Whimsical Redo of the Mona Lisa by Jayne Somogy


Sultry Silent Star -- Portrait of Silent Film Star by Jayne Somogy


Keeping Up with the Joneses -- Portrait of Grace Jones by Jayne Somogy


Grace's Crewcut by Jayne Somogy


Blue Angel by Jayne Somogy


Pieta -- the original by Jayne Somogy


Saloon Sextet -- Portrait 1890's Women in Old West by Jayne Somogy


Woman from Chinese Opera with Tattoos -- the original -- Asian Woman Portrait by Jayne Somogy


Ru -- Portrait of Ancient Chinese Woman by Jayne Somogy


Ainu Woman -- Portrait of Ethnic Asian Woman by Jayne Somogy