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Ayin Es

Ayin Es

Ayin Es (born (1968-07-20)July 20, 1968) is a self-taught visual artist, writer, musician (drummer), and book artist from Los Angeles, California. They have written articles for Coagula Art Journal[1] and the Huffington Post.[2] As a musician, they played for 20 years as an R&B drummer touring and recording drums with various artists. They played drums on Rickie Lee Jones' Ghostyhead album in 1997.

Their artists' books are featured in the J. Paul Getty Trust Research Institute Library in Los Angeles,[3] National Museum of Women in the Arts, Brooklyn Museum, Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, and also in prominent university collections such as the Arthur and Mata Jaffe Collection at Florida Atlantic University Library, UC Irvine, Otis College of Art & Design,[4] and the UCLA Library Special Collections.

Es' mixed media paintings have exhibited at the Riverside Art Museum,[5] Torrance Art Museum in Torrance, California, and the Craft and Folk Art Museum.[6]

Es is the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Fellowship Award,[7] two Durfee Foundation ARC Grants, and was awarded the 2014 Wynn Newhouse Award.[8]

As a visual artist, Es is known for creating personal narratives. They have used past experience as the fuel for their subject matter, transforming a broken history into a positive and spiritual resolve. Candid experiences are laid bare and forged directly into their paintings, drawings, soft sculptures, mixed media installations, and handmade books. In 2015, Los Angeles Art Critic, Peter Frank wrote: "An autodidact, Es has long embodied her interests and her struggles - in painted and drawn and even sculpted and sewn imagery - darkly whimsical forms and figures whose deft fluidity have the eye "going for a walk with a line" (in the words of Paul Klee, who strongly influenced Es) but aggressively trouble the mind."[9]

In 2010, Los Angeles art critic, A. Moret wrote: "The viewer activates the past as Es rewrites the story by mending a broken history and constructing a new narrative. Carol Es has transformed the past that once plagued her existence into her raison d’ être."[10]

Es' artwork has been reviewed in LA Weekly,[11] Artillery Magazine,[12] Art LTD,[13] ArtScene Magazine,[14] Whitehot Magazine,[15] Jewish Journal,[16] and the Huffington Post.[17] They have been represented by Shulamit Gallery in Venice California and George Billis Gallery Los Angeles, and are currently represented by Craig Krull Gallery in Santa Monica, CA. Ayin published their memoir, Shrapnel in the San Fernando Valley in April 2019 for which they won the Bruce Geller Memorial Prize,[18] and were interviewed in LA Weekly.[19]

In 2021 the artist came out as transqueer/nonbinary and changed their name to Ayin.[20]


  1. "Rochelle Botello, Down by the River on Tenterhooks" (PDF). Coagula Art Journal, Issue #91, March 2008. Retrieved 2015-07-17.
  2. "A Snow White Story Turned on Its Head". Huffington Post Arts Section. Retrieved 2013-07-12.
  3. "A Pattern of Creativity by Josh Grossberg" (PDF). Daily Breeze, 5 March 2006. Retrieved 2020-05-09.
  4. "Binding Desire: UNFOLDING ARTISTS BOOKS". AN EXHIBITION AT BEN MALTZ GALLERY from the Millard Sheets Library Special Collections, 2014. Retrieved 2015-07-15.
  5. "Yellow Brick Muse Leads to Riverside by Penny E, Schwartz". Redlands Daily Facts. Retrieved 2015-07-15.
  6. "Carol Es is the NADC Featured Artist of the Month". Tarjan Center at UCLA/National Arts and Disability Center. Archived from the original on 2015-07-16. Retrieved 2015-07-15.
  7. "News & Notes, AWARDS" (PDF). Fiber Arts Magazine, Nov/Dec Issue, 2009. Retrieved 2020-05-09.
  8. "Ninth Annual Wynn Newhouse Awards by Scott McDowell". Syracuse University News. Retrieved 2015-07-15.
  9. "Carol Es - Shulamit Gallery / Los Angeles". Artillery. July 2015. Retrieved 17 July 2015.
  10. Moret, A (November 2010). "Carol Es @ George Billis Gallery". Whittehot magazine. Retrieved 17 July 2015.
  11. "Best Free LA Art Parties by Shana Nya Dambrot". LA Weekly. Retrieved 2015-07-15.
  12. "Carol Es, Shulamit Gallery Los Angeles by Peter Frank". Artillery Magazine. Retrieved 2015-07-15.
  13. "Carol Es, Exodus by Simone Kussatz" (PDF). Art LTD Magazine. Retrieved 2020-05-09.
  14. "Carol Es, Shulamit Gallery by Moly Enholm". ArtScene Magazine. Retrieved 2015-07-15.
  15. "Carol Es, Exodus by Megan Abrahams". Whitehot Magazine, Los Angeles, CA. Retrieved 2015-07-15.
  16. "Picks & Clicks: "INTERSECTING PATHS: ART AND HEALING" by Ryan Torok". The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles. Retrieved 2015-07-15.
  17. "Summer in the Studio: LA Artists Create in Paradise by Mat Gleason". Huffington Post Arts Section. Retrieved 2015-07-15.
  18. "Bruce Geller Memorial Prize: WORD Grant 2018-2019". Institute for Jewish Creativity. Retrieved 2019-07-28.
  19. "Meet an Artist Monday: Carol Es". LA Weekly. Retrieved 2019-07-28.
  20. "About Ayin Es".
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