About/CV

Jaya King is a professional artist and California native based out of Sacramento who has been showing, teaching, and demonstrating her work since 2003. Her dynamic paintings marry the balance of technique while pushing the boundaries of texture and color. Her favorite mediums to work with are acrylic and encaustic (painting with pigmented hot wax.) Her love affair with painting extends far beyond the gallery wall.

Jaya’s popular painting workshops gave her students the opportunity to grow as artists and express their individuality. Recently Jaya pivoted her classroom online and now her teaching and inspiration continues with the launch of her e-course, Color Mix Masterclass. Jaya’s (now virtual) lectures have an emphasis on technique, personal growth and exploration through painting. Currently Jaya is finalizing her e-book on color harmony and working on a new series of large-scale portraits.

In 2018 Jaya painted a mural on the Guild Theatre as part of the 2018 Wide Open Walls mural festival. She has been featured in Sacramento’s Inside Publications magazine. Her work has been published in Splash 11: New Directions, Incite 3: The Best of Mixed Media, and in Art Journey Animals: A Collection of Inspiring Contemporary Masterworks. In 2016 Jaya developed an encaustic scholarship program, which gave high school students the opportunity to explore this amazing medium. At age 24 she was invited to do a solo show at Stanford University. Jaya’s artwork is in the permanent collections at the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara, CA and the Museum of Encaustic Art in Santa Fe, NM.

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2021 CV

PERMANENT COLLECTIONS

PRESS & PUBLICATIONS

  • Sacramento Public Art Archive – Interview Dec 2020
  • Good Day Sacramento – Interview March 2018
  • ABC 10 – Interview Dec 2017
  • Encaustic Arts Magazine – Dec 2017
  • Sacramento Magazine – Nov 2017
  • Girls on the Grid – Sept 2017
  • Art Journey Animals – Inspiring Masterworks – North Light Books, edited by Jamie Markle 2016
  • Incite 3 –  The Art of Storytelling – North Light Books, edited by Tonia Jenny 2015
  • Splash 11 – New Directions:  The Best of Watercolor – North Light Books, edited by Rachel Rubin Wolf May 2010
  • Inside Publications (cover) February 2016 / (artist spotlight) June 2016
  • Art Week – Vol. 38, #2 Mar 2007
  • Art in America – Feb 2007
  • Juxtapoz Magazine – #54 Jan/Feb 2005

TEACHING & SPEAKING

  • Encaustic:  Wax Works West (2015-2017)
  • Acrylic, Encaustic:  University Art Center (2012 – 2020)
  • Watercolor:  Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society (2012 – 2017)
  • Acrylic:  Triton Museum of Art (2011 – 2015), Crocker Art Museum (2016 – 2020)
  • Lectures:  East Valley Artists, Los Gatos Art Association, Campbell Artist Guild, Cambrian Art Guild, The Villages, Fine Arts League of Cupertino, Los Altos Art Club, Valle del Sur, Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society, Sunnyvale Art Club, Olive Hyde Art Guild, Sierra Wax Society, Thriving Women in Business

EDUCATION & MEMBERSHIPS

  • Academy of Art College, San Francisco, CA 
  • R&F Paints Certified Encaustic Instructor
  • GOLDEN Paints GOLDEN Artist Educator
  • American Women Artists – Associate Membership

PUBLIC ART

  • 2020 | CADA Box Wrap Revival
  • 2018 | Wide Open Walls Mural Festival
  • 2015 | Campbell Art Box

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2021 | SKYSCAPES
Sparrow Gallery, Sacramento, CA
Curator: Cynthia Lou

2020 | SKYLINE
Sparrow Gallery,
Sacramento, CA
Curator: Cynthia Lou

2018 | WILDFIRE
Sparrow Gallery,
Sacramento, CA
Curator: Cynthia Lou2018 | HEARTIFACTS
Micro Art Gallery, Sacramento, CA
Curator:  Robert Jean-Ray

2017 | UPSTREAM
Watts Winery, Lodi, CA

2017 | EMERGENCE
Board of Supervisors Chambers, Sacramento, CA
Curator:  Lorrie Kempf

2017 | BLACK AND WHITE
University Art Center, Sacramento, CA

2012 | UNBRIDLED AND UNDAUNTED
Nieto Fine Art, San Francisco, CA
Curator:  Anaya Nieto

2005 | PASSING: HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT 
Stanford University, Stanford, CA
Curator:  Vera Grant, Former Associate Director of African and African-American Studies Program at Stanford University

GROUP EXHIBITIONS & RECOGNITION

2021

LIFTING THE SKY
American Women Artists, Virtual
Curator:  Emily Larsen, Monika Meler, Mary Williams

MOVEMENT, MASTERY, MEDIUM
Gallery at 48 Natoma, Folsom, CA
Curator:  Cherie Hacker

2019 – 2020

ABSTRACTION – Invitational
Sparrow Gallery, Sacramento, CA
Curator:  Robert Jean-Ray

HEAT – Invitational
Sparrow Gallery, Sacramento, CA
Curator:  Cynthia Lou

2017 – 2018

SURFACE – Invitational
Sacramento City Hall, Sacramento, CA
Curator:  Lorrie Kempf

JAYA KING & FRANK BROOKS
Beatnik Studios, Sacramento, CA
Curator:  Nisa Hayden

HEAT: FORCE OF NATURE
JAYA KING & SHANNON AMIDON
Sparrow Art Gallery, Sacramento, CA
Curator:  Nisa Hayden

IN RESPONSE: POETS & ARTISTS IN DIALOGUE – Invitational
SMUD Gallery, Sacramento, CA
Curator:  Lorrie Kempf

OPEN STUDIOS PREVIEW EXHIBITION
Verge Center for the Arts, Sacramento, CA

2015 – 2016

COMMON THREADS: LAYERS – Invitational
SMUD Gallery, Sacramento, CA
Curator:  Robert-Jean Ray

THE CROW SHOW
Atelier 20, Sacramento, CA
Curator:  Kristy Hughes

50 & Looking Forward – Invitational
Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA
Jurors:  Preston Metcalf, Chief curator TMA / Maria Ester Fernandez, curator TMA / Stephanie Learmonth, curator TMA

SPRING IS IN THE AIR – Third Place
Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA
Juror:  Catharine Clark, owner and curator of Catharine Clark Gallery, SF

NATURAL EXTRACTION
Works Gallery, San Jose, CA
Jurors: Cynthia Cao / Annelise Hartley

2004 – 2014

STATEWIDE PAINTING COMPETITION – Honorable Mention (The Chicken that Saved the Day)
Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA
Jurors:  Preston Metcalf, Chief curator TMA / Maria Ester Fernandez, curator TMA / Stephanie Learmonth, curator TMA

UNIVERSITY ART EMPLOYEE ART SHOW – Best of Show (Out of Tune), Honorable Mention (Absinthe)
University Art Center, Palo Alto, CA
Juror:  Steve Curl, Artist and Instructor

FUR, FEATHERS AND FINS
Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA
Juror:  Michael Azgour, Artist and Instructor

MIDSUMMER ART CELEBRATION – Invitational
Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA

FIGURES & FACES
Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA
Juror:  JoAnne Northrup, Chief Curator at the San Jose Museum of Art

CIMMERIAN MUSE:  Exploring the Gestures of the Mind
Nieto Fine Art, San Francisco, CA
Curator:  Anaya Nieto

LOS GATOS ART ASSOCIATION ANNUAL OPEN JURIED SHOW  – Honorable Mention (Memphis Shadows)
Art Museum of Los Gatos, Los Gatos, CA
Jurors: David Ogle, Artist, Professor and Author  / Dale Laitinen, Artist and Instructor  / Kenney Mencher, Artist, Professor and Author / Randall Sexton, Artist and Instructor

APW GALLERY POSTCARD SHOW
APW Gallery, Long Island, NY

SUBMISSION:  Juxtapoz Group Show
OnSix Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Curators:  Juxtapoz Magazine editors

LABYRINTH
OnSix Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Curators:  Sham Saenz / Chris Fitzpatrick

FAVORITES SHOW
The Outer Edge, Monterey, CA
Curators:  Andrew & Sunshine Jackson

ART FEST – Award of Merit (Rosie), Award of Merit (Murder in the Red Barn), Award of Merit (Man With Stand-Up Bass)
Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA
Juror:  Dale Laitinen, Artist and Instructor

BLUES BASH – Invitational
Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA

THE ABSENCE OF PRESENCE
Red Ink Studios, San Francisco, CA
Curator:  Linda Hughes-Bakke

WATERCOLOR: A BAY AREA FOCUS  – Invitational
Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA
Curator:  Preston Metcalf, Chief Curator, Triton Museum of Art

LOS GATOS ART ASSOCIATION ANNUAL OPEN JURIED SHOW  – Honorable Mention (Speak Easy)
Art Museum of Los Gatos, Los Gatos, CA
Juror:  George Rivera, Former Curator, Triton Museum of Art

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