Jamie Kovacs

Visual Art – Orange County

Since kindergarten I fell in love with a painting called “Christina’s World” by Andrew Wyeth. From that point onward, I fell in love with art. I did nothing but draw, day and night. As I got older, in the tenth grade I went to study in Philadelphia at Moore College of Art and Design through scholarship. For three years, I spent every Saturday building my portfolio, and honing my drawing, sculpture, and pastel skills. Then I went to Rosemont College to study Studio Art where I also worked under the direction outside of class with a Master artist John C. Klein. After I graduated I later went to study Graphic Design at The Art Institute of Philadelphia.I have been showing my art since 1997 at shows throughout Philadelphia and New York City. My entire life is based on art and music. I have skills in drawing, pastel, sculpture and my niche Collage. Since the year 1999, what started out as a school project, evolved into something new and challenging. My work has involved the creation of concept based on pop icons being portrayed in a mosaic looking way. I began this as a school project working with Newspaper and rubber cement and hand ripped pieces of paper.. However over time I came to realize that newspaper starts deteriorating and turning green, and the rubber cement dries up. So it was time to start using new materials. From 2001 until recent, I have tried numerous types of paper to see what lasts the longest. I have tried over 20 different glues also to see what lasts and have found my glue. By doing this, I have expanded on a simple school project to immerse myself in a new style of art. By using recycled magazine paper (which people are always willing to donate) I am 1. Able to make my work environmental by using recycled product, and 2. Have found that magazine paper has a gloss to its paper, which gives the art a more classic iconic nature. Working in various shades of only black, white and gray keeping it iconic. Something that will be remembered and lasts. I am a huge music junkie so by doing musicians, I am always throwing myself into my subjects. Music and art are the only things that keep me going and I love doing my work on my favorite subject matter. The musicians that help me create my work. This type of subject matter never runs out. There will always be new actors, musicians, family members, etc to do collages for. I also sign my work in an old school manner of sealing wax and wax seals. It’s a unique way of signing ones work. I hope to one day have enough space to work as large as I can. So far my largest piece I have is Johnny Cash sizing up to 36x48 inches. I love what I do.