Bill Jehle “yaylee,” was born in El Centro, California, I worked summers for my father’s architecture firm as a surveyor in the desert along the border and in the fields. In the early seventies I went to art school at University of Colorado at Boulder, Cal Arts and The Cooper Union. I studied with Jerry Kunkel, Paul Brach, Juanita Lowe, Mimi Schapiro, John Baldessari, Jack Whitten, Jim Starrett, Lynda Benglis, Allan Kaprow, Swami Chetanananda.
I ended up owning the West Los Angeles landmark Paris Audio and for many years designed and built leading edge mobile entertainment systems for wealthy west side car freaks. I designed and manufactured audio systems for Lamborghini of America, AMG and MOPAR. I have experience in AutoCAD and CATIA also expert with Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and SketchUP. I know how to make things and how to get things made.
Concurrent with and subsequent to Paris Audio my studio practice has always consisted of tightly controlled and complex geometric abstraction using oil, acrylic, various paint media, collage, digital and primarily or semi monochromatic caligraphy rendered in vaious paint media. Away from the studio my practice is with watercolor or pen and ink; landscape, architecture and figure.
I have lived and practiced in New York, Santa Barbara and the Los Angeles area. I currently live in Corrales, New Mexico and divide my time between my studio there and my cabin in southern Colorado. My work can be seen in numerous public and private collections; Patricia Correia, Ray Graham, Neil Menzies, Armando Duron, Ann Janss, Kristina Newhouse and Jack Rutberg, and in corporate collections including Loews Hotel, Santa Monica, The Grand Hyatt Wailea, the Bank of America-Security Pacific Collection, MTA Los Angeles.