Jay Fortune – Biography
Jay’s vibrant and innovative ‘Artoons’ pair icons from the world of entertainment with famous cartoon characters. Brimming with humour and authenticity, these playful portraits offer a unique insight into the personality of their subject, as expressed not only by their own stance and appearance, but also by the fictional imaginary friend that Jay has chosen for them. Despite the meticulous composition, technical skill and graphic dynamic, it is Jay’s sense of fun which shines through each stylish and stylised composition. As he himself says: “I think life can sometimes be taken too seriously, so I prefer my art to communicate a sense of fun. We lose our sense of wonder too quickly as children and art can rekindle that and remind us that we’re only here once, so should make time for play and wonder.
Has been commissioned by CEOs, business leaders and entrepreneurs in New York, Las Vegas, Milan, Paris and London, including a limited edition commission form a Las Vegas premier convention.
Has worked with the BBC as a consultant, hosted his own radio show, and published 2 books.
Created the Riviera Fine Art Exhibition in 2014 to showcase work from himself and other artists, and has received national press and TV coverage.