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Present Tension
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On the Road to Life's Last Act Oil On Paper 45 X 31 Inches Framed
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Permanent Heaven Oil On Canvas 81 X 63 Inches
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Gods
Gods...We Picture Them, 2006 Oil On Canvas 88"X 78" © Jerry Carniglia
Love_me_the_way_that_i_am-2008
Love Me the Way That I Am, 2008 Oil On Paper 40" X 26" © Jerry Carniglia
Beginning_to_trust_her_love-2008
Beginning to Trust Her Love, 2008 Oil On Paper 40" X 26" © Jerry Carniglia
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My Brother Forever, 2008 Oil On Canvas 78" X 67" © Jerry Carniglia
Sae-532-2008
SAE-532, 2008 Monoprint On Fabriano 30" X 23" © Jerry Carniglia
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Aphanasis, 2011 Oil On Canvas 78 X 68 Inches
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Soul Blind, 2011 Oil On Canvas 63 X 81 Inches
20140731235826-entr_birdwhoknows_2007_ooc_87x59
Bird Who Knows
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Don't Feel Lonely When You Find Yourself Changes
20140731235834-entr_forevermybrother_2008_ooc_78x67
Forever My Brother
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Forced Choice 1
20140731235838-entr_heartunoccupiedll_2007_ooc_81x63
Heart Unoccupied III
20140731235841-entr_inheritancefromtheroad_2007_ooc_88x78
Inheritance From The Road
20140731235846-entr_keystoheaven_2007_ooc_88x78
Keys To Heaven
20140731235848-entr_lifeonthetrail_2006_ooc_67x59
Life on the Trail
20140731235855-entr_thief2judge_2007_ooc_80x67
Thief to Judge
20140731235901-entr_twistoffate_2007_ooc_49x37
Twist of Fate
20140731235902-entr_ungraspablebody_2007_ooc_83x81
Ungraspable Body
20140731235909-entr_unrhymed_2008_oop_40x26
Unrhymed
20140801003427-qual_can_targuewiththat_2011_oop_40x26
Can't Argue With That
20140801003430-qual_ahundredsensationspersecond_2008_oop_40x26
A Hundred Sensations Per Second
20140801003433-qual_dancingqualia_2010_ooc_49x37
Dancing Qualia
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Deontic
20140801003438-qual_funtasia_2010_oop_26x40
Funtasia
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Grasp
20140801003442-qual_hencethethenstillsandbuts_2009_oop_40x26
Hence the Then Stills and Buts
20140801003448-qual_inorout_2008_oop_40x26
In or Out
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I'd like to Help Ya, but...
20140801003456-qual_nastybrutishandshort_2010_ooc_61x87
Nasty Brutish and Short
20140801003457-qual_invisibleman_2010_00c_61x87
Invisible Men
20140801003504-qual_pottedplantdowntown_2010_ooc_51x73
Potted Plant Downtown
20140801003507-qual_purereasonedpast_2010_ooc_69x47
Pure Reasoned Past
20140801003509-qual_selfportrait_2010_oop_26x40
Self Portrait
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State Property
20140801003515-qual_temporarygravity_2010_oop_26x40
Temporary Gravity
20140801003522-qual_victimofhistory_2010_ooc_51x77
Victim of History
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Madrigal #8, 1995 Oil On Canvas 52.5 X 52.5" © Courtesy of the Artist and Chandra Cerrito Contemporary, Oakland
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Quick Facts
Jerry Lee Carniglia October, 29, 1946 - June 7, 2015
Jerry Lee Carniglia was born October, 29, 1946 -- maybe! Like much of Jerry's life, there was intrigue, spontaneity, wit and fun attached to that date -- it could have been the 28th, given both appear in his records.
Born and raised in San Francisco to Stefan and Dee Vogel Carniglia, and along with brother Charles (Chuck), Jerry attended school in San Francisco -- occasionally; more frequently he was drag racing underage along Ocean Highway. Not surprisingly, Jerry did not finish high school. In 1965 he joined the US Navy as a humble deck swabber on the USS Strong. His innate intelligence was quickly spotted and Jer was reassigned to train as a radar operator, first domestically and then in 1967 on sorties up the Mekong Delta. 
Leaving the Navy in 1968, Jerry attended College of Marin while continuing his informal apprenticeship learning his father's cabinetmaking pastime; on week-ends, Jerry helped build a new family home in Fairfax where he later resided; his love for the trails of Mt. Tam never ebbed. Jerry discovered his great creative capacity for making artisan furniture as well as learning the building trade that eventually led to a General Contractor license.
Jerry traveled worldwide, at one point spending almost two years travelling from Tunisia to Cape Town, followed by a trip across the US in an unreliable VW bus. Returning to complete a bachelor's degree in English at UC Berkeley in 1975, Jerry was quickly encouraged to transfer his boisterous enthusiasm to Drama. There, he made precious friendships lasting to the end of his life. He supported himself and many fellow students as a contractor and cabinetmaker. Jerry's generosity of both spirit and resources was renowned; it was ever present and remained throughout his sadly shortened life.
Jerry became a founding member of Berkeley Lights Theater Ensemble, appeared with San Francisco Eureka Theater Company and designed sets for MaFishCo . In 1980 he moved to Emeryville and became part of its embryonic artist colony. Jerry was to make Emeryville home for the rest of his life. He was a luminary of the community, helping his fellow artists and participating in the lively political debates that guided the direction of the changing city. Walking with him through Emeryville, you may have thought he carried the unofficial mayoral scepter. 
Jerry explored his skills as an artisan furniture-maker and marveled at his own transition into furniture as art. His work was so fine it led to recognition by Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum on the East Coast and The Oakland Museum of California on the West. Eventually Jerry found that cabinetry alone constrained his creative forces. He made several pilgrimages to view the Old Masters in Europe and turned exclusively to painting in 1989. He won admission to the UC Berkeley Fine Arts Department, where he received the James Phelan Award and the Eisner prize, graduating with an MFA in 1993.
Jerry Carniglia's paintings exploded on the art community. Over the next 22 years, he created five series of works. Between furniture and painting, Jerry had nine solo exhibitions, at least nineteen collaborative shows, won seven grants and prizes, and had his work selected for the permanent collections at the San Francisco de Young Fine Arts Museum and Berkeley Art Museum.
In early 2011, Jerry was diagnosed with metastasized prostate cancer, an insidious disease that had already claimed his father and brother. He stretched every ounce of fun, joy, travel, painting and spiritual growth out of his remaining time. Under the care of his admired doctor, Larry Fong at UCSF --where he once showed up on Halloween in his Superman suit -- Jerry benefitted from many experimental treatment protocols; inevitably prostate cancer took his life on Sunday, June 7, 2015. Jerry gave much back to the prostate cancer community, counseling and advocating for others. He regularly attended UsTOO support groups in Walnut Creek and Marin where he was honored in 2013.
Jerry welcomed the Almighty presence in his writings and followed many spiritual paths. Though raised in a Christian Science family, Jerry embraced Buddhist practices, celebrated Shamanic rituals, and filled his home with icons of all religions.
Jerry Carniglia never married or had offspring - although he would have been an awesome dad. He is survived by his nieces, Annika and Mary, cousins, and many dear friends, all of whom respected his verve, creativity, affection and considerable contribution to the arts. His presence, not to mention outrageous socks and colorful spectacles, will be sorely missed.
For more information on Jerry Carniglia's artwork, please visit www.jerrycarniglia.com .
A memorial celebration is planned for early August.
 

Published in San Francisco Chronicle on June 28, 2015- See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/sf...