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Jann Paxton

Jann Paxton

El Cajon, CA

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Throughout his 30sum years working in the Arts, Jann Paxton has been written about in scores of magazines and newspapers covering various areas of popular culture including mens fashion, theater, dance and music. Of his design talents, it was evidenced in the menswear collections he designed under his "PAXTON" label for stores across America including Macy's, Barney's, and Bergdorf-Goodman. He also created one-of-a-kind clothing for discerning gent' like David Bowie, Andy Warhol, John Kennedy Jr. and Kip Forbes.
In 1990 Jann met industry legend Nat Weiss who had fostered the careers of artists including the Beatles, James Taylor, and Cat Stevens. Weiss was impressed with Paxton's raw, powerful voice and songwriting abilities and re-opened his Nemperor label to release cds by Paxton. Paxton's Eponymous titled album was a definite success and Paxton spent the next decade touring and recording. Regarding his singing and songwriting abilities, Billboard called Paxton "far more clever and intelligent than his most of his major label contemporaries."

In 2001 Paxton retired from the grueling lifestyle of the music industry and cast himself to the winds of uncertainty. He eventually landed at NYC legendary artist's den, The Chelsea Hotel where circumstance and an embarrassingly increasing lack of funds caused Jann to pick up a paintbrush and start using the years of experiences to create the images in his now growing collection of paintings and digital images.

"I paint because I'm too poor to travel and too much of a hermit to do community service. All humor aside, I never realized how much I loved visual arts. When you have talents in more than one area, it’s easy to overlook one's true calling. In the past I've been lucky to have recognized opportunities for utilizing my abilities however, I never felt completely satisfied. Not so pleasant circumstances stripped me of my past and sort of guided me towards the work I am doing now. I live each day in gratitude."

I especially love to paint portraits. I sort of fall in love with most subjects I paint and direct focus on the most visually appealing aspects of their images. For me, people exist outside of time, age and circumstance. Like a film director, I cast the subject in a particular role and then work to exploit their image to an iconic result. In essence, the subject becomes the paint and my personal interpretation results as the painting. I like to insert my dogs into many of my paintings because I believe that animals have innate visual nobility and for me, (more effectively than cherubs) attest to the existence of God. I particularly love dogs and would be hard pressed to visualize a painting that couldn't be made more appealing by the inclusion of a puppy... or cat. I believe unique insights into our own humanity are often realized by trying to see ourselves through the eyes of an animal."

 

Sophia Loren 1 by Jann Paxton

 

Blue Blood by Jann Paxton

 

Hey Dude by Jann Paxton

 

The Rescuers by Jann Paxton

 

Prince Augustin by Jann Paxton

 

Rendition by Jann Paxton

 

Man Rat by Jann Paxton

 

Brothers by Jann Paxton

 

Icon by Jann Paxton

 

A Bond Girl by Jann Paxton

 

River of Joy by Jann Paxton

 

Cell Core 1 by Jann Paxton

 

Carnival by Jann Paxton

 

The Awakening by Jann Paxton

 

O Town Oprah by Jann Paxton

 

Annette of the Night by Jann Paxton

 

Gold Fish by Jann Paxton

 

Birthday Cookie by Jann Paxton

 

Barbie's Superstar Dream Vacation by Jann Paxton

 

New York Heros by Jann Paxton

 

You Are What You Eat 4 by Jann Paxton

 

You Are What You Eat 3 by Jann Paxton

 

You Are What You Eat 2 by Jann Paxton

 

What You Eat 1 by Jann Paxton

 

Help Baby 1 by Jann Paxton

 

Pelican Grief by Jann Paxton

 

Rest In Grease by Jann Paxton

 

The Last Mermaid by Jann Paxton

 

HMS Surprise by Jann Paxton

 

The Mellow Yellow by Jann Paxton

 

My Right Foot by Jann Paxton

 

My Left Foot by Jann Paxton

 

Woman on a Chaise Lounge by Jann Paxton

 

Cafe Vincent by Jann Paxton

 

Charlie Wants A Bath by Jann Paxton

 

Sun Goddess by Jann Paxton

 

Pride and Change by Jann Paxton

 

Bedtime Tails by Jann Paxton

 

Drag Queen Helen by Jann Paxton

 

Sexy Margaret 1 by Jann Paxton

 

Midnight Margaret by Jann Paxton

 

Painting Johnny Depp by Jann Paxton

 

Schengen Castle by Jann Paxton

 

The Chelsea Hotel by Jann Paxton

 

Boy In A Black Sweater detail by Jann Paxton

 

The Last Twinkie by Jann Paxton

 

The Other White Meat by Jann Paxton

 

Winter Baby 2 by Jann Paxton