Having spent a career creating innovative technology to bring art, music, and video to billions on the Internet, Samit’s watercolors are heavily influenced by the impact disruption has on humans and our institutions. The former Independent Vice Chairman of Deloitte Consulting, Samit helped grow pre-IPO companies such as LinkedIn, been a Nasdaq company CEO, held senior management roles at EMI, Sony, and Universal Studios, pioneered breakthrough advancements in mobile, e-commerce, digital distribution, and the spatial reality that are used by billions of consumers every day.
“Part therapeutic, part social commentary, Samit’s palette reveals the fissures in American society further exposed by this unsettling period. Jay Samit began painting last March to cope with the sudden isolation prompted by the forced confinement measures. He used this time indoors to paint one watercolor a day in a manner and style that perfectly convey the disquieting feelings that all found themselves in facing a radical change in their daily routines. Harboring a Hopperesque appeal, his paintings are deeply evocative, sharing an uncanny charm that conspicuously communicates the disruption that defines our time.”