I'm pleased to share that my 2016 painting, America: She Was Asking For It, was included in an important new book, Not Normal: Art in the Age of Trump.
I am one of 147 artists responding to socio-political issues in the age of Trump. While the content is serious, flipping through the pages is cathartic. This powerful collection of 350+ artworks was curated by Karen M. Gutfreund, Independent Curator.
Copies of "Not Normal" are available to purchase here.
America: She Was Asking For It was born in a nightmare I had on the night of the 2016 presidential election. It depicts a revealing portrait of not only America’s elected Head of State but also his wife and Vice President and Mrs. Pence.
A variety of symbols evoke both an immediate visceral reaction, such as the confederate flag, as well as an ongoing discovery of depravity represented as small painted details, such as the pins, that reveal contradictions and hypocrisy.
I utilized the bright coloring effects of gouache to capture the flashy tone of media imagery and intentionally made the work small to emphasize the insufficient attention and transitory coverage given to these issues by the media.
I presented a talk at the downtown Napa Main Library on July 12, 2019 about how and why I make my animal portraits. In my talk, I reveal a pivotal moment from my childhood, something unique about how I think and how that shapes my art, and I describe my process in depth. Please enjoy this recording from the opening reception, as well as a write up from the Napa Country Register.
Art in the Library featuring Jamie L. Luoto runs throughout the month of July 2019. Click here for more details.
My hydrangea painting looks fresh in this eclectic entry hall salon style gallery wall curated by the nationally recognized interior design tstudio, Studio McGee, for their Haddonfield Project.
These animals traveled a great distance to arrive at their beautiful new home on a lavender farm in Central Poland, just a ways southwest of the city of Lódź, where my collector created and shared this inspired whimsical interior scene.
Currate your own set of four animals
I’m excited that my Zebra portrait recently joined the permanent collection of the Liaison Capitol Hill, a Joie de Vivre boutique hotel in Washington, DC. The zebra is one of the first animal portraits I painted, I did it for a special young boy, and it remains a favorite. Check it out! I’m always surprised to see how well my animals go with other works of various sizes, subjects, and media. They work well not only in bedrooms but also in dining and living rooms - I like to think of them as part of the family (or as a memorable guest, in the case of a hotel!)
I created this space to showcase my past work, chronicle my current projects, and share my inspiration.