Born in New York City and raised in Brooklyn, Miriam received a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University, and an MFA from the New York Academy of Art.
Jay Miriam paints portraits of everyday people doing everyday things. She is interested in moments of lingering time, when we are so much caught in a routine that we pass time without thought. From brushing our teeth, to getting trapped in small talk, to waiting for our date to arrive at the bar.
Miriam paints from memory. She does not use photography, computers, or projectors in her process. Instead, she pulls from a memory or story and reinterprets it. Creating a poetic world to depict a specific emotion, instance, or relationship. Often each painting takes months and up to one year to complete.
Miriam has been the subject of solo exhibitions including Fantasies in a Waking State, Ornis A. Gallery, Amsterdam, NL (2017); Catch the Heavenly Bodies, Half Gallery, New York, NY (2016); Blue Paintings of Women, Ornis A. Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2014); Youth and Beauty Parade, Ornis A. Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2013), and JM, Cudowne Lata, Krakow, Poland (2011).
Recent group exhibitions include: Zwang, C.G Boerner Gallery, New York, NY (2020); MESSHALL, New Release Gallery, New York, NY (2019); Rednessness, The Cooper House Gallery, Dublin, Ireland (2018); Bicoastal, Meyer Vogl Gallery, Charleston, SC (2017); New York Nowhere, Olsen Gruin Galley, Sydney, Australia (2017); Beyond the Gaze: Women Painting Women, Garis & Hahn, New York, NY (2016); and Mute, Galerie COA, Montréal, Canada (2015).
Miriam lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
Jay Miriam’s paintings contain a caldron of earthly delights, dreamscapes and momento mori, stirred up and splayed loose for the hungry viewer.
– Erin Goldberger, Director at Half Gallery / New York, NY
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