Trigger Warning

The Breton Fine Art is pleased to present “Gestalt Visions,” an exhibition of outstanding large format digital works of art by visionary artist Jay Gale. The exhibit will run from Oct. 20, 2016 – Oct. 30, 2016 at the Art Sellers Gallery 1294 S. Cost Highway in Laguna Beach. There will be an opening reception on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Visionary artist Jay Gale has a unique way of looking at the world and translating his revelation onto the digital canvas. He uses the gestalt principal as a medium to elucidate and illuminate the interpretations of reality by allowing the mind to perceive the unseen.

About the Artist: Jay Gale has been a visual artist all his life and started taking photographs at 8 years of age. While aspiring to be a painter, he remained intrigued with the ability to manipulate the canvas and found the camera to be the most reliable tool in the revelatory process. The abstract images and use of the gestalt principles in his creative vision explains the psychological phenomena by their relationships to total forms rather than their parts. The artist pursued a career as a clinical psychologist for 40 years and wrote four books, which have been published globally. Photography converged with psychology allowed observations to be interpreted in unconventional ways.

“In the twenty-first century computer chips may have replaced film and the digital image may have superseded the negative, but for me the visual symphony still resided in the final print,” said Gale.

“The vision of Jay Gale, extracted from thousand of photographs and processed through his sensibilities as a clinical psychologist, has created artworks that are masterful in execution and compelling to the viewer,” says long time art industry curator Dana Yarger.

The value of a work of art is determined by how it challenges perceptions, evokes emotions, and stimulates thought. Jay Gale’s body of photographic work immediately captures the viewer’s attention and challenges the mind. The observer finds it difficult to move on until her mind fits the last piece into place and figures out what she has been looking at. In order to collect raw material countless hours of travel take place with thousands of images taken. Once an image is identified, the process takes close to one hundred hours of digital manipulation. The final step to determine acceptance into the collection happens during the printing process. Each piece is examined closely to ensure it’s exquisite beauty.

Large format digital work, like Gale’s, has not only become accepted, but has become vetted and is featured in many of the most influential national and international art fairs. Diasec acrylic face-mounted is one of the most identifiable and impactful art forms. Essentially, Diasec is a patented and trademarked process of acrylic face mounting first invented by Heinz Sovilla-Brulhart in 1969. The process is adhering a print to acrylic without air bubbles, creating stunning color vibrancy. Several companies around the word today emulate the process. However, the Diasec process uses patented adhesives and a proprietary process that is licensed by the company.

Up until just a few years ago, the Diasec (or the more generally known acrylic face mount process) was mostly only available in Europe, but has made its way to the U.S. and is becoming more widely accepted in galleries across the country.

Another technique is to print directly onto the acrylic, however it can not achieve the same color vibrancy that you get when you print the image on high quality paper then face mount behind the acrylic. With the image mounted behind the acrylic, light refracts in such a way that makes the color pop and provides a near 3-D effect. When proper lighting is used, it almost appears as if the piece is illuminated from behind. This cannot be achieved with direct printing or with glass in traditional frames.

In large sizes enhanced by printing on metallic paper, an acrylic face mount is unparalleled in the ability to provide that “wow” factor. It truly adds value to an image that traditional frames and canvas prints cannot. Late last year, a new world record for the most expensive photo was recorded when an Andreas Gursky print sold for $4.3 million at an auction. How was it displayed? With an acrylic face mount.

Four by six foot works by Jay Gale in the “Gestalt Vision” exhibition start at $7,500. Editions of nine, plus proofs.

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