Uncredited Photographer     Painter Jay DeFeo in Her Studio, Fillmore Street, San Francisco      1960

“Only by chancing the ridiculous, can I hope for the sublime.” Jay DeFeo

The Jewel (Jay Defeo 1959)

Currently on display at LACMA, The Jewel is one of my favorite paintings. I just finished writing an essay describing what makes it fantastically interesting, including the fact that despite you can’t see it here, the meaty mounds of paint protrude several inches from the canvas, like it’s bursting out at the viewer.