TORONTO, Sept. 15, 2016 – Automotive Fine Arts Society (AFAS) member Jay Koka has announced the publication of his latest book “30:30” commemorating 30 years of automotive fine art. Known for his ability to manipulate color and mood through impressionist inspired art, Koka’s book features more than 96 pages of full-color scenes, as well as a gallery of 30 selected images spanning his 30-year career. The book is available for purchase online or at select shows and events.
“The idea for my latest book was to select 30 of my most ‘important’ paintings, one for each year of my career,” said Koka. “What seemed like a simple idea when I first envisioned the concept, has turned into a much more significant undertaking. Choosing a single painting to represent an entire year of my work was perhaps the hardest part. There are so many things that make a piece ‘important’, it was nearly impossible to choose.”
Koka’s 30th Anniversary book features a linen embossed hard cover and measures 13”x9”. Featuring 98 full color pages, Koka’s book provides an overview of the previous 30 years of his career, as well as a more in-depth look at the most recent ten years as an artist written by Wallace Wyss. Additional highlights for the book include:
- Richly illustrated archived photos and art
- Cloth bound hardcover with silver foil text on face and spine
- Illustrated biography with a large selection of archived photos
- Thirty years of studio activities, projects, awards, exhibitions and event participation anecdotes
- Sixty page artist gallery featuring 30 unique pieces with artwork details and commentary
- Additional commentary by painting owners and details on awards earned by the work
- A sneak preview of the “Next Decade” including some of Koka’s latest works recently displayed at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in August 2016.
For fine art collectors looking for a more unique and personalized touch, a handful of limited first-edition copies of Koka’s book are available for $200. Each copy is signed and numbered and features a handmade hard slipcover. Personalization of the book is also available upon request for the limited-edition version.
“I’m often asked what my favorite painting is and my answer is always that traditional, wornout artist response that I love them all equally, but for different reasons,” said Koka. “As with everything in life, nothing stays the same. My inspiration changes over time and my focus shifts from one subject to another. One year I may decide to only paint Ferrari’s while in another, I may gravitate to a more classical theme. This book is a great representation of who I am as an artist, and provides insight into my different muses over the past 30 years.”
Jay Koka is a recognized leader in automotive fine art with clients worldwide. A winner of many prestigious art awards including the Peter Helck Award, he is a 28 year member of the Automotive Fine Arts Society and serves on the Board of Directors. He has been the featured artist and poster artist for a wide range of major international events like the Pebble Beach Concours, the Concours at St John’s, the Daytona 500, the 24 Hours of Daytona and especially well-known in Ferrari circles with thirteen posters for the Ferrari Club of America including their 50th anniversary.
Koka lives with his wife Cathy near Toronto. For more information about Koka’s 30th Anniversary Book or an in-depth look at his work, please visit www.jaykokastudio.com.
About the Automotive Fine Arts Society
AFAS was established in 1983 by a group of artists who are acknowledged as among the best in their field. Members work in many diverse mediums including oil, watercolors, acrylics, wood, gouache, pen & ink, clay and metal. AFAS and its members participate in select shows across the country including the Pebble Beach Concours d´Elegance. Information about AFAS is available at www.autoartgallery.com or by contacting Tyler Weiland at 214.520.3430 X 302 or TWeiland@tprm.com