Jack R. Mesa
Oakland, California

Jack R Mesa depicts his subjects in a visual medium blended with a layer of sound to explore his personal experience of synesthesia. Synesthesia is the phenomenon where the brain interprets one sense as another - experiencing sound as colors, for example. His earlier series of paintings uses color blocks and abstract shapes to depict sounds, as seen in his series '100 Sounds' (see Sold works). His newer series explores a new medium, using tapestry to literally weave together sounds and colors into his large format works, for example his series 'Soft Synesthesia.' In addition to capturing a photo of his subject, he also records the sounds of a place and overlays the two into a final image in his Oakland studio. He joins other artists, including Carol Steen, David Hockney, and Kandinsky who reportedly see sounds. This is the closest that a non-synesthete may come to viewing the world through Jack's eyes. Mesa has recently exhibited at Berkeley Art Museum (Berkeley, CA), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco, CA), and Material Art Fair (Mexico City, MX).
Discover Original Art by Jack R. Mesa | Sound As Paint 11 (Soft Synthesis) fiber artwork | Art for Sale Online at UGallery
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Sound As Paint 11 (Soft Synthesis)
36" x 24" , fiber artwork
$2,000

Discover Original Art by Jack R. Mesa | Crowds (Soft Synthesis) fiber artwork | Art for Sale Online at UGallery
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Crowds (Soft Synthesis)
54" x 37" , fiber artwork
$4,375

Discover Original Art by Jack R. Mesa | Cascade Mountains (Soft Synthesis) fiber artwork | Art for Sale Online at UGallery
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Cascade Mountains (Soft Synthesis)
37" x 54" , fiber artwork
$4,450


Discover Original Art by Jack R. Mesa | Brazilian Mountains (Soft Synesthesia) fiber artwork | Art for Sale Online at UGallery
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Brazilian Mountains (Soft Synesthesia)
37" x 54" , fiber artwork
$4,450

Brazilian Mountains
46" x 80" , fiber artwork
$5,075

Sound as Paint II (Soft Synesthesia)
36" x 24" , fiber artwork
$1,800


Sound as Paint 5 (Soft Synesthesia)
36" x 24" , fiber artwork
$1,800

Sound as Paint 6 (Soft Synesthesia)
36" x 24" , fiber artwork
$1,800

Sound as Paint 7 (Soft Synesthesia)
36" x 24" , fiber artwork
$1,800


Sound as Paint 8 (Soft Synesthesia)
36" x 24" , fiber artwork
$1,800

Sound as Paint 9 (Soft Synesthesia)
36" x 24" , fiber artwork
$1,800

Sound as Paint I (Soft Synesthesia)
36" x 24" , fiber artwork
$1,800


Discover Original Art by Jack R. Mesa | Mt. Fuji Sonification (Soft Synesthesia) fiber artwork | Art for Sale Online at UGallery
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Mt. Fuji Sonification (Soft Synesthesia)
80" x 56" , fiber artwork
$6,750

Salt Flat Sonification (Soft Synesthesia)
80" x 56" , fiber artwork
$6,750

California Two
52" x 37" , fiber artwork
$2,675


California
54" x 37" , fiber artwork
$2,675

Color Equals Frequency of Sound
64" x 70" , mixed media artwork
$5,750

Icelandic Water
49" x 59" , mixed media artwork
$5,275


14 Flowers
48" x 39" , mixed media artwork
$4,175

Discover Original Art by Jack R. Mesa | Japanese Mountains (Kumamoto Prefecture) mixed media artwork | Art for Sale Online at UGallery
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Japanese Mountains (Kumamoto Prefecture)
44" x 97" , mixed media artwork
$6,275

Poem Synthesis Study 4
16" x 20" , mixed media artwork
$925


Poem Synthesis Study 2
16" x 20" , mixed media artwork
$925

Poem Synthesis
36" x 48" , mixed media artwork
$2,725

Life Lines
68" x 36" , mixed media artwork
$3,050


Discover Original Art by Jack R. Mesa | 140 Sounds acrylic painting | Art for Sale Online at UGallery
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140 Sounds
48" x 67" , acrylic painting
$4,100

200 Sounds
48" x 96" , acrylic painting
$4,975

30 SOUNDS
29" x 24" , acrylic painting
$1,075


63 Sounds
44" x 32" , acrylic painting
$1,825

Weather Poem 2
36" x 48" , mixed media artwork
$4,025

Weather Poem 3
36" x 30" , mixed media artwork
$3,800


Weather Poem 5
36" x 30" , mixed media artwork
$3,700

Weather Poem 4
36" x 30" , mixed media artwork
$3,600

Go That Way
36" x 30" , mixed media artwork
$3,700


Go That Way (Insistent)
30" x 72" , mixed media artwork
$5,300

Three Waves of White Noise #3
31" x 49" , mixed media artwork
$4,175

Glasser
37" x 37" , mixed media artwork
$4,100


Glasser II
39" x 25" , mixed media artwork
$2,900

Bliss (Broken)
39" x 24" , mixed media artwork
$3,250

Cracked Screen
30" x 48" , mixed media artwork
$3,475


Kelvin
36" x 36" , mixed media artwork
$4,450

Bears Cage
36" x 30" , mixed media artwork
$3,400

10 Minutes Late
30" x 36" , mixed media artwork
$3,600


See Someone You Really Care About Say OH WOW
48" x 60" , mixed media artwork
$7,775


Tokyo
30" x 48" , mixed media artwork
$4,275

Double Dream
50" x 96" , mixed media artwork
$5,750

At Home in a Memory (Sound Synthesis)
39" x 87" , mixed media artwork
$5,425


Spectral Slicing (Defraction Grating)
28" x 21" , mixed media artwork
$2,050

Untitled (color frequency=variable of sound frequency II)
39" x 70" , mixed media artwork
$4,050


Untitled (color frequency=variable of sound frequency)
38" x 70" , mixed media artwork
$4,025

100 Sounds (IV)
48" x 48" , mixed media artwork
$2,050

100 Sounds (II)
48" x 48" , mixed media artwork
$1,775


Three White Noise Walls
48" x 96" , mixed media artwork
$5,725

Telephone Hiss
18" x 12" , mixed media artwork
$575

5776 Sounds
48" x 48" , mixed media artwork
$2,075


THREE SOUNDS SWEEPING A BURNT LANDSCAPE
48" x 48" , mixed media artwork
$2,075

ISOLATED TONES
80" x 80" , other media
$1,175

BODY SONG
20" x 16" , acrylic painting
$475


Desired Sound (John Cage)
24" x 36" , oil painting
$775


Inquire or Comment about Jack R.'s Work


S Mathi 1/2/2015 | 2:05 AM

Excellent work

commentsNew Water (Sound Synthesis (C on D (Poem Painting)))
krnhersh 11/11/2014 | 5:11 AM

wow!!!! so cool... amazing way to express yourself-- love it!!! k

comments100 Sounds (IV)
A Martin 11/17/2013 | 3:21 PM

This is amazing and awesome. Excellent work!

UGALLERY 9/16/2011 | 4:52 PM

Meet James, our resident synesthete, and learn more about his work at the Ugallery blog: http://ugallery.com/blog/post/Artist-in-Focus-James-Cordas.aspx

Ladybug 5/24/2010 | 4:10 PM

I asolutely LOVE THIS!!!