JAI Featured Member/March 2024

Alison Hyman



JAI Featured Member

Alison Hyman

March 2024


JAI Featured Member

Alison Hyman

March 2024


Alison Hyman was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 1976 with a degree in textile design and printmaking. She has taught art at the high school and college level. After immigrating to the USA in 1997, Alison earned her MFA in Painting from Laguna College of Art and Design in 2011.

She has participated in many solo and group exhibitions, winning numerous awards in Los Angeles and Orange Counties, Santa Fe, Scotland, England, and Israel. Her work is in private and corporate collections worldwide. She now lives with her husband in the Coachella Valley, where she continues her studio practice and spends most of her days painting.


Artist Statement:

My work is an exploration of energy, of forces moving from the external to the internal and back. I am seeking to create visual interpretations of the intangible — the emotions that we sense and feel, the enormity of the cosmos, the balance between the micro and the macro universes we live in, where the patterns of the stars in the sky can mirror the patterns of stones on a trail, or the molecules inside us.

I work, steadily but organically, over many months, building layers of images, textures and colors, obscuring, adding, removing and peeling back, much like reverse archeology, creating strata for the viewer to uncover.

Color is what excites me – different, unexpected color combinations, different textures and media. I dig down to find images that resonate to fundamental truths about nature I take a microcosm and examine it to unlock some new vision. Perhaps that vision is pure energy, or perhaps it is simply joy in painting.

I am surrounded by the things – the images, the objects, the concepts – that influence what I do and how I do it. I take inspiration from the beautiful sunrises I see from my home in the mountains of the American Southwest desert and from views aloft in an airplane, where the earth meets the atmosphere. I take equal inspiration from the intense colors I see when I look at flowers, or my paints, or the impact of the sun hitting my closed eyelids while I sit outside.


Energy II, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 28″ x 22″ x 2″

String Theory I, 2021, acrylic on canvas, 40″ x 60″ x 1″

Portal, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 21″ x 20″ x 1.5″

Persistence I, 2022, acrylic on canvas, 8″ x 8″ x 2″

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About JAI


Jewish Artists Initiative (JAI) is a Southern California organization committed to supporting Jewish artists and arts professionals. JAI aspires to be an agent of transformative change by organizing provocative exhibitions and thoughtful programs promoting diverse dialogue about Jewish identity and experiences. Founded in 2004, JAI remains committed to fostering Jewish culture in our community and beyond.


JAI was conceived by the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles in 2004. It was originally in partnership with the University of Southern California Casden Institute and the USC Roski School of Art and Design. For many years we have been under the fiscal sponsorship of the Center for Jewish Culture and Creativity. Members include primarily artists, as well as curators and art historians based in Southern California. The artists go through a jurying process to be admitted as members.

We have collaborated with a great range of Southern California institutions including American Jewish University, Hebrew Union College, UCLA Hillel and USC Hillel as well as a variety of art galleries and public spaces. We have also worked and exhibited in institutions in other parts of the United States and Israel such as the Jewish Art Salon, Hebrew Union College, New York, the New York UJA and the Jerusalem Biennale.



Bill Aron, Isaac Brynjegard-Bialik, Anne Hromadka Greenwald, Gilah Yelin Hirsch, Sagi Refael, Doni Silver Simons, Hillel Smith, Ruth Weisberg, Cathy Weiss

How to Become a JAI Member: JAI welcomes applications for membership from artists and arts professionals. For how to apply and to view the selection criteria click on Join JAI in the navigation links at the top or bottom of any page. Questions: contact JAI at admin@jaisocal.org