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Jayne Somogy

JAYNE SOMOGY

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

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~ 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!

 

Tempestuous Teapot -- Sylized Teapot Still Life by Jayne Somogy

 

Tiny Bubbles by Jayne Somogy

 

Sunbeams by Jayne Somogy

 

The Chair by Jayne Somogy

 

Beach Chair, Sans Beach -- Realistic Still Life of Beach Chair by Jayne Somogy

 

Blue Vase by Jayne Somogy

 

Lamps, Books, Bamboo -- the original -- Asian-style Interior Scene by Jayne Somogy

 

Clown School Drop-out -- Whimsical Drawing of Bad Clown by Jayne Somogy

 

Happy Birthday, America by Jayne Somogy

 

Wrestle Maniac by Jayne Somogy

 

Gothic King and Queen by Jayne Somogy

 

Neon Domino by Jayne Somogy

 

Friends, Memphis 1942 in purple by Jayne Somogy

 

Friends, Memphis 1942 in copper by Jayne Somogy

 

A Purse for Mei Ling -- Turquoise Negative by Jayne Somogy

 

Sayaka -- Vintage Sepia in Frame 1 by Jayne Somogy

 

Sayaka -- Vintage Amber by Jayne Somogy

 

Sayaka -- Negative Version 1 by Jayne Somogy

 

Sayaka -- Color Removal Version by Jayne Somogy

 

Sayaka -- Cartoon Version by Jayne Somogy

 

Caretaker, Chinese Palace -- Negative by Jayne Somogy

 

Belly Dancer With a Pearl Earring -- Teal Background by Jayne Somogy

 

Belly Dancer With a Pearl Earring -- Orchid Sunglow by Jayne Somogy

 

Belly Dancer With a Pearl Earring -- Blue Background by Jayne Somogy

 

Belly Dancer With a Pearl Earring -- Purple Background by Jayne Somogy

 

Belly Dancer With a Pearl Earring -- Red Background by Jayne Somogy

 

Belly Dancer With a Pearl Earring -- Amber by Jayne Somogy

 

Belly Dancer With a Pearl Earring -- Green Background by Jayne Somogy

 

Belly Dancer With a Pearl Earring -- Nocturnal Version by Jayne Somogy

 

Belly Dancer With a Pearl Earring in Sepia by Jayne Somogy

 

Peekaboo on Pink -- negative by Jayne Somogy

 

Orange Elf by Jayne Somogy

 

Pink Elf by Jayne Somogy

 

The Rare Green-spotted Elf by Jayne Somogy

 

The Rare Blue-Spotted Elf with Text by Jayne Somogy

 

Gray-Spotted Kiwi Elf by Jayne Somogy

 

Red-Spotted Kiwi Elf with Text by Jayne Somogy

 

Irish Elf with Text by Jayne Somogy

 

Fuchsia Fey by Jayne Somogy

 

Fuchsia Elf with Text by Jayne Somogy

 

Purple Elf by Jayne Somogy

 

Fey -- Negative by Jayne Somogy

 

Dandy in red Derby in decorative frame by Jayne Somogy

 

Dandy in Red Derby by Jayne Somogy

 

Dandy in Derby -- Negative by Jayne Somogy

 

Lamps, Books, Bamboo -- Negative by Jayne Somogy

 

Boho Chic in pink by Jayne Somogy

 

Boho Chic in yellow by Jayne Somogy