The results are a stunning collection of painting, manuscripts and sculptures that could have been made in the monasteries of Greece in the of Middle ages or in the libraries of Minas Tirith. He exhibits and lectures on his work and some of the very original concepts and ideas that have come from his work.
Jay has been a devote fan of fantasy literature since his youth and an avid collector of his books since reading the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit at college. Jay explained, ‘These Tolkien inspired character paintings are a very personal expression of my passion and love of stories, poems and characters form literature. I have been painting Tolkien themed illustration for around 30 years but only exhibited for the first time in August 2012. My first show at Loughborough University, during the Tolkien Society Return of the Ring convention, was very well received and has led to further shows and lectures across Europe and the US. It has giving the opportunity to travel widely and engage with like minded people”