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!


Mei Ling -- Portrait of Woman from Chinese Opera by Jayne Somogy


Geisha Barbie -- Whimsical Geisha Girl Drawing by Jayne Somogy


Chinese Dancer -- the original -- Portrait of Asian Woman by Jayne Somogy


Sayaka -- the original -- Portrait of Geisha Girl by Jayne Somogy


Ayano -- Portrait of Japanese Geisha Girl by Jayne Somogy


Young Japanese Beauty -- the original -- Portrait of Japanese Girl by Jayne Somogy


Thai Girl c. 1980 -- Portrait of Asian Girl by Jayne Somogy


Hmong Woman in 1960 -- Portrait of Asian Woman by Jayne Somogy


Himalayan Smile Lines -- Portrait of Old Asian Woman by Jayne Somogy


Madonna and Child -- the original -- Whimsical Portrait of Asian Woman and Child by Jayne Somogy


Christmas Cheong-sam -- the original by Jayne Somogy


Diamond in the Rough -- Whimsical Portrait of Developmentally Disabled Man by Jayne Somogy


Pinhead Friends -- Portrait of 2 Developmentally Disabled Men by Jayne Somogy


The Face of 'Love' -- A Battered Woman by Jayne Somogy


A Woman of a Different Stripe -- Stylized Portrait of African Woman by Jayne Somogy


Admirer, 1947 Easter Bonnet -- the original -- Retro Portrait of African-American Woman by Jayne Somogy


Nina Mae -- African-American Actress Portrait by Jayne Somogy


Edwardian Ebony Elegance -- Portrait of Edwardian African-American Woman by Jayne Somogy


Dassanech Woman, Ethiopia -- Portrait of North African Tribal Woman by Jayne Somogy


Harriet, Hero -- Portrait of Harriet Tubman by Jayne Somogy


Indigenous Beauty in Make-up and Jewelry -- Portrait of Tribal Teenage Girl by Jayne Somogy


Dour Dower -- Portrait of Welsh Woman in 1885 by Jayne Somogy


Noble Visage, Amazon Awa -- Portrait of Old South American Tribal Man by Jayne Somogy


Reindeer Boy -- Portrait of Young Laplander Man by Jayne Somogy


Fresh-Faced -- Portrait of Teenage Girl by Jayne Somogy


Blue Lace at the Rock Quarry -- Portrait of Young Woman by Jayne Somogy


Tori, at 19 -- female portrait by Jayne Somogy


Contestant Number 4 -- Portrait of Young Woman by Jayne Somogy


Hazel Eyes -- Portrait of Pretty Woman by Jayne Somogy


1920's Bride -- the original by Jayne Somogy


Blonde Hair, Yellow Hat -- the original by Jayne Somogy


Girl in Blue Beret by Jayne Somogy


Flower Child by Jayne Somogy


Beautiful Woman, Reclining -- Portrait of Woman on Floor by Jayne Somogy


Lady from a Magazine -- Portrait of Pretty Woman by Jayne Somogy


Deborah and Ruth -- Pastel Portrait of 2 Women by Jayne Somogy


Sidelong Glance -- Original by Jayne Somogy


Sidelong Glance -- in Frame by Jayne Somogy


Magyar -- the original -- Retro Portrait of Ethnic Peasant by Jayne Somogy


Kuikuro from Brazil -- Portrait of South American Tribal Man by Jayne Somogy


Cheyenne Scout Red Sleeve, 1879 -- Historical Portrait of Native American Man by Jayne Somogy


Hair Down to There, Long Beautiful Hair -- Portrait of Native American Man by Jayne Somogy


Swashbuckler by Jayne Somogy


Handsome Young Man -- Stylized Portrait of African-American Man by Jayne Somogy


American Cowboy by Jayne Somogy


The Late Prince Rogers Nelson by Jayne Somogy


Friends, Memphis 1942 -- the original -- Retro Portrait of 2 African-American Teenagers by Jayne Somogy


Maasai Warrior II -- Portrait of African Tribal Man by Jayne Somogy