(1923 - 2004)
Jess was active/lived in California. Jess is known for modernist-real fantasy pastiche, surrealism.
The artist Jess was born Burgess Collins in 1923 in Long Beach California. Jess initially was educated as a chemist and in his career worked on the production of plutonium for the Manhattan Project. In 1949 he abandoned his scientific career and moved to San Francisco where he enrolled in the California School of Fine Arts. Burgess Collins then changed his name to "Jess." n 1951 Jess met poet, Robert Duncan, and began a relationship that lasted until Duncan's death in 1988.
Duncan and Jess worked together to expand and refine a study of world literature and art focused in myths, symbols and archetypes. The couple was active in the Bay Area poetry and art scene. They were good friends with Jay Spice
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