Although he has worked primarily in Oklahoma, Jesse Jay McVicker participated in the California Water Color Society annuals for a decade beginning in 1942. He paints in a variety of mediums-acrylic, casein, oil, and watercolor-as well as making prints and sculpture.
McVicker took undergraduate and graduate degrees at Oklahoma State University and was a faculty member there for more than thirty years. During the 1940s his art was regionalist in character but at the end of the decade he abandoned representation. Influenced by Paul Klee (1879-1940) and Juan Gris (1887-1927), he painted increasingly abstract works during the 1950s as he began to create colorful, constructivist arrangements. By the 1970s he had developed a spare, hard-edge, geometric style.
Who’s Who in American Art, 1947, 1984, s.v. "McVicker J. Jay" § "J. Jay McVicker," La Revue moderne des arts et de la vie (June 1, 1948): 14-15 § Moure 1975, pp. 20, 56, with bibliography § Bethesda (Md.) Art Gallery, J. Jay McVicker: Four Decades of Printmaking, exh. brochure, 1983.