About the Artist

  Jay Trembly was born in Omaha, Nebraska in 1970, where he enrolled in his first formal art courses by the time he was seven. By the time he was in high school, the female figure was already a major focus of his work and continues to be the main subject of his paintings today.
 Jay received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Kansas in May, 1994. During his time there, Jay painted much darker subjects, becoming known as the "Stephen King of Illustration" to his peers, but during his senior year Jay produced a series of paintings for his supposed childrens book, titled "An ABC Book for Big Boys" that started him on his path in Pin-up Illustration, very much against the wishes of his Art Professors.
 Prior to KU, he also attended courses at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, and the Portland School of Film and Video, both in Portland, Oregon, Clark College in Vancouver, Washington, as well as Kearney State College (now UNK) in Kearney, Nebraska.

  Despite his well rounded education in art, animation, and illustration, Jay is a self-taught oil painter, having only painted in that medium since 1993. 
Upon graduating from KU, Jay spent the next 3 years not painting, but playing drums in various bands and touring across the country. But during this time he painted an occasional pin-up, while also designing artwork for racing events and race car teams, as well as other freelance work. In the summer of 1997, Jay decided to actively pursue a career in painting pin-up, and has been doing so since that time. Always drawn to the beauty of the female figure, he was introduced to the world of pin-up by viewing the works of Alberto Vargas and George Petty at an early
age, only discovering the oil painting artists of pin-up, Gil Elvgren and Edward Runci, as well as others of the Haddon Sundblom circle, with the 1996 release of "The Great American Pin-Up by Charles G. Martignette and Louis K. Meisel.
  Jay's work continues on in this "classic look" of traditional pin-up, as well as bringing to it the look of the modern-day woman, and her individual sensuality.
By softly blending the figure with the background, the women in Jay's paintings tend to have a realistic quality and glow to them, while a closer inspection reveals the brushstrokes and careful detail work of the artist. Many insist Jay uses an airbrush for the fine, soft blends, but it is all done with brushes, patience and time. 
Jay Trembly's original paintings range in size from smaller pieces to life sized paintings on canvas or masonite. He occasionally will paint a watercolor and airbrush piece on illustration board, but lately has focused on oil as his medium of choice.
  To date, Jay's paintings are in the hands of private collectors and have been in shows and galleries across the U.S., as well as other illustration work appearing at Formula 1 racing events around the world and the 1996 Indianapolis 500.
In the summer of 1999, Jay moved west from Warrensburg, Missouri to Los Angeles, California, where he now resides.