Jay’s acrylic works show their vibrancy, luster and texture. In fact, he continues to rely on paints available from only one company based in New York City.
Combined with his distinct layered, cut-out technique, his acrylic paintings come to life whether on canvas or paper. When you view a Schlossberg-Cohen acrylic you see a rich palette of the primary colors. more
Paper has always been a mainstay for Jay. Classically, Jay’s works begin with small studies on paper – his artist notes and sketches. These 4 x 6 archival sheets act as the basis for his larger works – acrylics, glass, enamel etc. With paper, Jay applies watercolors to his small pen and ink studies and acrylics to his larger works. Prior to preferring canvas, Schlossberg-Cohen created larger works on paper for a group of performers and landscapes including President Clinton on Saxophone
, Willie Nelson in concert
and Eilat by the Sea
Jay’s pen and inks are part of his “research” process. Because each of his subjects is full of color, Schlossberg-Cohen makes a point to add a visual reference to each study using watercolor paints.
The watercolors, while primarily used as small studies, become the foundation for all of his final works. He has early works which demonstrate his skill in watercolor.
Jay has been to explore his cut-out technique with various mediums including ceramic. The ceramic work shown here was part of a larger process Jay has developed when working with students, groups and the public.
Outdoor and large mural installations requires Jay to work with more “household” paints. The sheer size of the installations as well as the need for a “resistance to the elements” requires that Jay match his technique and skills to the durability of the paint. Typically he paints with a enamel/latex when working with bricks.
Of all of Jay’s mediums glass empowers his works with the element of the unknown and that of nature. Each new day makes the work different from the day before. Dichroic or clear, Schlossberg-Cohen’s glass installations incorporate a room’s personality or a building’s architecture matched with the dynamic of light.
Like his acrylic paintings, the glass installation is a layered cut-out work. While his initial glass works relied on lead, his current glass technique avoids using lead. The layered glass is laminated with a bond that strengthens over time with a UV light source.
Jay has to anticipate the effect that a morning’s sun, an evening’s moon or internal lighting will have on the completed work. The sheer beauty of his current installations – Denver’s Hebrew Educational Alliance and San Francisco’s Sha’ar Zhava Synagogues – guides the viewer to a higher and more mystical plane. more
The 70s and 80s allowed Jay to succeed at first Broadway and then Hollywood. His distinguished Broadway production “Best Little Whore House of Texas” was ultimately purchased by the studios for adaptation to film. The big screen did not evade Jay – as his genre rich horror film buffs can attest. IMDB Profile.