While Schlossberg-Cohen has spent a lifetime in the arts, he had very little formal training in fine art until his late teens and early twenties. His experiences as a Freshman at the Maryland Institue of Art and one summer at the Art Students League in New York City enabled Jay to explore classical painting techniques. Unlike other fine artists today, Jay’s technical skills and sense of composition is a function of his mastering of the classical approach to fine art.
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
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.
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
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.