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Lived/Active: California/Wisconsin      Known for: abstract-grid, figure, landscape

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Jay Hannah was a close associate of Selden Gile during Gile's ''Society of Six'' period.

San Francisco Conservatory of Music, ''44-''45
California School of Fine Art, ''44-''45
Stanford University, ''45-''47
Grande Chaumiere, Paris, France ''54-''55

Artists'' Equity Association (Lifetime Honary Member)
Carmel Art Association, Carmel, California
Art Association, Pacific Grove, California

Monterey County Fair, Monterey, California-1st Prize, ''52,''53,''62
Monterey Jazz Festival, Honorable Mention, 1965
Walnut Creek 10th Annual Art Exhibition, 1965-First Prize
Benedictine Art Awards, Finalist, New York City, ''65,''70
Providence Art Club National Open, Rhode Island, Second Prize, 1971

Blair Gallery, Monterey, California
Standard Pressed Steel, New York City, New York
Pane Vino Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Newman Galleries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Manwaring Gallery, Connecticut College, New London, CT
Everyman Gallery, Hampstead, London, England
Paper Point Gallery, Soho, London, England
Newman Galleries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Pacific Grove Art Center, Pacific Grove, California
Over Thirty Other Group Shows including the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art in Philadelphia.

Since the mid 1970''s I''ve been doing non-objective studies in color perception to determine how color relationships will change in hue, chromaticity and value, when viewing distance is altered.

Biography from Hauk Fine Arts:
Jay Hannah, as both an artist and a scientist, has spent a lifetime exploring the perception of form, light and color. Since the 1970s, Hannah has focused on color perception and how color relationships change when the viewing distance is changed. Today he combines his original theories of human perception of color with his artistic abilities to create paintings of exceptional beauty.

Hannah’s work has been influenced by a variety of sources. In the 1940’s he studied with Selden Gile, one of the California Society of Six, from whom he learned much about the doing and loving of painting. In his youth he also knew and painted with August Gay and S.C. Yuan.

The quiet sensitivity, immaculate composition and rendering of three dimemsional form in all of Hannah’s paintings (still lifes, landscapes, interiors and figures) recall the work of the French masters Pierre Chardin and Paul Cezanne, while his study of color perception lead him to the work of Claude Monet and the French Impressionists.

Hannah was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1922. He studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the California School of Fine Art, Stanford, and Grande Chaumiere in Paris. He has lived on both the East and West coasts, and his work has been exhibited in galleries and competitions in San Francisco, Philadelphia, Rhode Island, New York City, Connecticut, and London, among others.

His art work has been extensively discussed in several publications, and his work on color perception was the subject of a paper written by John J. McCann of Polaroid Corporation and published by The International Society for Optical Engineering in 1990 (SPIE, vol. 1250, p. 203-211), titled ``Psychophysical measurements of Hannah color/distance effects.’’ There is a chapter on him in the book ``20 Oil Painters and How they Work,'' which was published in 1978 by American Artist Magazine. He is also featured in the book ``The Technique of Collage,'' by Helen Hutton, published by Batsford Books, London.

Hannah lives in Pacific Grove, California and is a member of the Artists’ Equity Association, the Carmel Art Association, and the Monterey Peninsula Art Foundation. His work is held by San Francisco's Exploratorium, Kodak, Rochester, New York, the Temple University Health Sciences Center, and the New London Maritime Society, New London, Connecticut among other places.

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