CGI:  Computer Graphic Imagery



Using Computer Technology in an Organic Way  


Friedmann, “The computer is a very sophisticated machine but all machines are tools and any tool can be used in a mechanical or in an intuitive way as far as process is concerned”.    


On first impression these images may appear to be traditional paintings but that is not the case. These pieces were created digitally. Friedmann does not attempt to mimic paint but is instead interested in methods and techniques that flow directly from digital tools and process. When seen at full scale the work reveals detail that could not be replicated using traditional methods.  


Beauty in Chaos


Friedmann,  “We put the world together and we watch it fall apart.”


Friedmann’s work explores the interplay between chaos and order. Random marks and elements appear to suggest chaos and disarray but the work process is very deliberate. What appears to be random and chaotic has an underlying structure and order. The artist is interested in finding a balance between these two opposites.

Much of the inspiration for these works comes from observations of how street signage and graphics deteriorate when left to the elements over months and years of neglect. What was once coherent slowly disintegrates. Order breaks down. This series in a way mimics that process. Starting with ordered elements the artist  disassembles, dissects and rearranges those elements with the desire to find a hidden balance and harmony while honoring the mystery of a nonlinear process.


J Friedmann is a long time resident of Los Angeles California. He is a photographer and  a computer graphics artist. Born in Brooklyn New York his family relocated to Los Angeles when he was a young boy. 


First inspired by the works of  Pollock, Kandinsky, Mondrian and Stella he experimented with abstract expressionism and also studied Ceramics with Jim Romberg at The Sun Valley Center for the Arts and Humanities in Sun Valley, Idaho and with Sculptor Jan Van Leeuwen in the Netherlands.


In 1976 he entered the Illustration program at the Academy of Art in San Francisco and eventually transferred to The Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, where he attained a Bachelor's Degree in Illustration in 1980.


The next decade was spent doing freelance illustration primarily in the area of motion graphics. His clients included The Disney Company, ABC and TBS. In 1989 he began a career in the fledgling computer games industry working as a concept artist and 3D production artist for Sierra Online, Electronic Arts, The 3DO Company, SegaSoft and The Disney Company. Since leaving the world of entertainment art he has explored photography and  digital print media.



L.A. Center for Digital Art  International Juried Compoetition March 2018

104 East Fourth Street

Los Angeles, CA 90013


Neoteric International Juried Competition  May 2015

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Dab Art

1793 East Main Street Ventura, CA 93001


Art Through The Lens International Juried Compoetition June 2015

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Yeiser Art Center

200 Broadway Paducah, KY 42001


California Open Exhibition National Juried Competition August 2015

Tag Gallery Bergamot Station Art Center

2525 Michigan Ave., D3  Santa Monica, CA 90404






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