Jay Fortune – Specialist Portrait Artist
Internationally acclaimed portrait artist Jay Fortune has a degree in Art and, in a short space of time, has generated a worldwide following. His authentic, original artwork is strikingly powerful, combing brightness with contrast, bringing a subtle yet energised quality to each composition.
Jay began drawing at a young age, winning local and national competitions throughout his childhood. His first solo exhibition was staged by his teachers when he was just 9 years old!
Upon graduating from University, Jay began his career pursuing magic, his other joint love, and became one of the UK’s busiest and most-requested magicians. During that time, he illustrated numerous books, was published in trade magazines and continued to draw and sketch in his free time.
After nigh-on two decades as a successful professional magician, Jay turned 40 years young in October 2018, and made the decision to leave the performing profession to concentrate on his art, something he said had been nagging at him to pursue for a while.
Since turning pro as an artist, he has sold work across the globe, including to collectors in New York, Las Vegas, Milan, Paris and London. He is in demand as a commissionable portrait artist and continues to create original works in his unique style, focusing on icons from the magic and light entertainment industry.