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Jaya Nicely
Nicely’s portraits can, I think, be somewhat frustrating. The skill with which they’re drawn is easy enough to marvel over and applaud for being both technically masterful and inventively framed. But it’s color that really serves as Nicely’s Higgs boson, invisibly uniting and giving depth to the elements in her illustrations and paintings. And color is damned hard to talk about.
One thing I feel confident identifying in Nicely’s coloring is the leaning toward white and blues. The two full-frame color portraits above appear to be infused with a brightness that evokes both searing, midsummer West coast daylight and the sleepy wash of beach sun. These dimensions of color give Nicely’s work a photographic quality without sacrificing the texture of paint and pencil. That is, there’s a photo-like chromatic coherence and consistency in Nicely’s art, while never becoming entirely divorced from its essential object-ness. It approaches a very pleasant uncanniness.
Paradoxically, we can also sense a kind of anxiety or tension in her b&w pieces’ absence of color. The blood and wetness in “Bleeding Lips,” for example, doesn’t seem decolorized or lacking but, playing off the saturation of the black ink, too rich to reflect just a few shades of the spectrum. It’s as if they’re so deeply, fundamentally soaked in life that they exceed color. That mutation of the visible by her subjects’ excessive energy makes Nicely’s art jitteringly real and human: it’s art of positive existential nausea, the dopamine-psychosis of fully-lit and -rendered life.
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Jaya Nicely
Nicely’s portraits can, I think, be somewhat frustrating. The skill with which they’re drawn is easy enough to marvel over and applaud for being both technically masterful and inventively framed. But it’s color that really serves as Nicely’s Higgs boson, invisibly uniting and giving depth to the elements in her illustrations and paintings. And color is damned hard to talk about.
One thing I feel confident identifying in Nicely’s coloring is the leaning toward white and blues. The two full-frame color portraits above appear to be infused with a brightness that evokes both searing, midsummer West coast daylight and the sleepy wash of beach sun. These dimensions of color give Nicely’s work a photographic quality without sacrificing the texture of paint and pencil. That is, there’s a photo-like chromatic coherence and consistency in Nicely’s art, while never becoming entirely divorced from its essential object-ness. It approaches a very pleasant uncanniness.
Paradoxically, we can also sense a kind of anxiety or tension in her b&w pieces’ absence of color. The blood and wetness in “Bleeding Lips,” for example, doesn’t seem decolorized or lacking but, playing off the saturation of the black ink, too rich to reflect just a few shades of the spectrum. It’s as if they’re so deeply, fundamentally soaked in life that they exceed color. That mutation of the visible by her subjects’ excessive energy makes Nicely’s art jitteringly real and human: it’s art of positive existential nausea, the dopamine-psychosis of fully-lit and -rendered life.
Check out Jaya’s personal blog and store too.
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Jaya Nicely
Nicely’s portraits can, I think, be somewhat frustrating. The skill with which they’re drawn is easy enough to marvel over and applaud for being both technically masterful and inventively framed. But it’s color that really serves as Nicely’s Higgs boson, invisibly uniting and giving depth to the elements in her illustrations and paintings. And color is damned hard to talk about.
One thing I feel confident identifying in Nicely’s coloring is the leaning toward white and blues. The two full-frame color portraits above appear to be infused with a brightness that evokes both searing, midsummer West coast daylight and the sleepy wash of beach sun. These dimensions of color give Nicely’s work a photographic quality without sacrificing the texture of paint and pencil. That is, there’s a photo-like chromatic coherence and consistency in Nicely’s art, while never becoming entirely divorced from its essential object-ness. It approaches a very pleasant uncanniness.
Paradoxically, we can also sense a kind of anxiety or tension in her b&w pieces’ absence of color. The blood and wetness in “Bleeding Lips,” for example, doesn’t seem decolorized or lacking but, playing off the saturation of the black ink, too rich to reflect just a few shades of the spectrum. It’s as if they’re so deeply, fundamentally soaked in life that they exceed color. That mutation of the visible by her subjects’ excessive energy makes Nicely’s art jitteringly real and human: it’s art of positive existential nausea, the dopamine-psychosis of fully-lit and -rendered life.
Check out Jaya’s personal blog and store too.
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Jaya Nicely
Nicely’s portraits can, I think, be somewhat frustrating. The skill with which they’re drawn is easy enough to marvel over and applaud for being both technically masterful and inventively framed. But it’s color that really serves as Nicely’s Higgs boson, invisibly uniting and giving depth to the elements in her illustrations and paintings. And color is damned hard to talk about.
One thing I feel confident identifying in Nicely’s coloring is the leaning toward white and blues. The two full-frame color portraits above appear to be infused with a brightness that evokes both searing, midsummer West coast daylight and the sleepy wash of beach sun. These dimensions of color give Nicely’s work a photographic quality without sacrificing the texture of paint and pencil. That is, there’s a photo-like chromatic coherence and consistency in Nicely’s art, while never becoming entirely divorced from its essential object-ness. It approaches a very pleasant uncanniness.
Paradoxically, we can also sense a kind of anxiety or tension in her b&w pieces’ absence of color. The blood and wetness in “Bleeding Lips,” for example, doesn’t seem decolorized or lacking but, playing off the saturation of the black ink, too rich to reflect just a few shades of the spectrum. It’s as if they’re so deeply, fundamentally soaked in life that they exceed color. That mutation of the visible by her subjects’ excessive energy makes Nicely’s art jitteringly real and human: it’s art of positive existential nausea, the dopamine-psychosis of fully-lit and -rendered life.
Check out Jaya’s personal blog and store too.
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Jaya Nicely

Nicely’s portraits can, I think, be somewhat frustrating. The skill with which they’re drawn is easy enough to marvel over and applaud for being both technically masterful and inventively framed. But it’s color that really serves as Nicely’s Higgs boson, invisibly uniting and giving depth to the elements in her illustrations and paintings. And color is damned hard to talk about.

One thing I feel confident identifying in Nicely’s coloring is the leaning toward white and blues. The two full-frame color portraits above appear to be infused with a brightness that evokes both searing, midsummer West coast daylight and the sleepy wash of beach sun. These dimensions of color give Nicely’s work a photographic quality without sacrificing the texture of paint and pencil. That is, there’s a photo-like chromatic coherence and consistency in Nicely’s art, while never becoming entirely divorced from its essential object-ness. It approaches a very pleasant uncanniness.

Paradoxically, we can also sense a kind of anxiety or tension in her b&w pieces’ absence of color. The blood and wetness in “Bleeding Lips,” for example, doesn’t seem decolorized or lacking but, playing off the saturation of the black ink, too rich to reflect just a few shades of the spectrum. It’s as if they’re so deeply, fundamentally soaked in life that they exceed color. That mutation of the visible by her subjects’ excessive energy makes Nicely’s art jitteringly real and human: it’s art of positive existential nausea, the dopamine-psychosis of fully-lit and -rendered life.

Check out Jaya’s personal blog and store too.

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