Artist Profile

Jay McCafferty

b. 1948

Born on February 21, 1948, Jay McCafferty is a California painter, video artist, and filmmaker. Early on in his career, McCafferty earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art from California State University at Los Angeles, and continued his studies at University of California at Irvine where he earned an MFA in 1973. McCafferty is now an associate professor and head of the art department at Los Angeles Harbor College. He is most notably known for his “burn paintings,” which is done by burning holes into sheets of paper using the a magnifying glass and the sun’s heat and light.



Works in Our Collection

Jay McCafferty
Solar burn on Cel-Vinyl on board, 1979
36 x 36 inches
Gift of Ruth and Murray Gribin

Jay McCafferty
Roman Numerals V
Gesso and paint on canvas mounted on wood, 1979
58 x 58 inches
Gift of Jay and Ellen McCafferty