Jais Booth, MA
My practice as an artist is inextricably linked with my 38 years of discipline and study in both eastern and western forms of alchemy – the alchemy of personal growth and transformation. Using the beauty of automatism and “live lines”, I create from inner states of consciousness that reveal my soul life in the process of painting. My influences include ritual and sacred indigenous art, particularly native American (including Hawaii), Surrealism and Lucid art, Abstract and German Expressionism, and the art that springs from ritual everywhere it is found in all its mysteries. A successful outcome of my work is the ability to turn off intellectual agendas and programmed ideas of artistic creation, resulting in creative expression emerging in all its authenticity from the very core of myself. My art is the voice of the sacred in me, and in all humanity.
In August of 2008, with fellow artists, I started the Red Door Gallery and Collective in the Art Murmur district of downtown Oakland. The Red Door began as a collective of 12 artist/poet/performers with a vision of art to transform both individuals and communities. Our studio gallery exhibited art from various community service organizations, while our main gallery showcased transformative artists from around the country. I served as a creative director and was one of the featured artists.
I curated Artisticana I and II (Dec. ’08 and ’09) and co-curated Art and the Body Politick* (Jan. ’09) and Myth, Magic, Mystery (April ’09) I co-edited and wrote a catalog of the show’s art and artist manifestos. After the gallery closed, we decided to travel to venues that were available and create shows, resulting in the art exhibition Mother held at UC Berkeley’s International House in celebration of International Women’s Day (March 8, 2011), and the Peace Altar at International House’s Springfest (April ’11).
In 2010 I co-founded the Liminal Art Salon™, dedicated to showing art from artists whose conscious purpose has been to cross the threshold and explore the creation of art from the invisible worlds of primary experiences. The Oracle show is our first venture.
I have authored and co-authored three books: Myth, Magic, Mystery, the Liminal in Art; Oracle: Visionary Art Expressing the Prophetic Voice; and The Twelve Sacred Doors, meditation guide and deck of cards created from a series of 12 sacred mandalas I painted.
I founded the Warrior of Light Studio in Huntington Beach, after years of teaching tai chi chuan in community colleges, and published a manual of tai chi instruction, “Wind Blowing Lotus Leaf” with companion dvd, 1999.
“Oracle”, an exhibit of visionary art expressing the prophetic voice at Oakopolis Gallery, 447 25th Street, Oakland, CA, (April/May ’11). “Mother”, an art exhibition exploring and celebrating the archetype of the Mother, at UC Berkeley’s International House (March ’11).
“Shedding” (July ’09), “Death is Easy, Comedy is Hard” (May ’09), “Myth Magic Mystery” (April ’09), “Lineage” (Feb. ’09), “Art and the Body Politick*” (Jan. 09), “Portals” (Nov. ’08), “I See You I See Myself” (Oct. ’08), “Opening the Red Door” (Sept. ’08), all at The Red Door Gallery, 416 26th Street, Oakland CA.
“Conversations with My Body” Mixed media performance and exhibition of “Ritual for Healing Scars”, a 30 day ritual of healing through transformative art. Works in Progress Gallery, John F. Kennedy University Arts and Consciousness Department, Berkeley, CA, October 2005
“I See Myself as a Being of Light” An exhibition of paintings that are meditations on the essential nature of human beings as infinite selves. Works in Progress Gallery, Berkeley, CA 2004
BA Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology,
Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA, 1969
Ordination as Minister, Actualism, 1989
Certified Professional Hypnotherapist, Alchemy Institute, Santa Rosa, CA, 2005
MA Transformative Art, John F. Kennedy University, Berkeley, CA 2006