Jay Gittens is a self taught painter and former street artist who describes his vision and expression as Pop Abstraction. Through the efforts of his mother, he emigrated on his own to Brooklyn from the island nation of Grenada in 2003. From there, he quickly turned to figure drawing as a means of creating companionship. He imagined and illustrated worlds on paper that he felt isolated from, drawing on the rich organic colors he was surrounded by in his former Caribbean home. In time, his commitment to the arts deepened via the world of photography and other visual arts including painting and collage.
Jay Gittens, who goes by “The Love Child”, has been featured in numerous galleries across New York and the eastern seaboard, in addition to receiving press both domestically and internationally. His works, a mixture of brazen street style, yet intertwined with the depth and earnest emotion of fine art, has garnered him an admiring audience in art, fashion, and design the world over. The Love Child continues to deal with imagined characters in his abstracted exploration of the figure. He is influenced by the rich organic colors of the Caribbean, and his color palate exudes an energy that is barely contained by his rough black outlines. Jay’s work attempts to simplify form through feeling and intuition.