Ayin Es (bornJuly 20, 1968) is a self-taught visual artist, writer, musician (drummer), and book artiste from Los Angeles, California. They have written articles for Coagula Art Journal and the Huffington Post. As a musician, they played for 20 years as an R&B drummer touring and recording drums following various artists. They played drums upon Rickie Lee Jones' Ghostyhead album in 1997.
Their artists' books are featured in the J. Paul Getty Trust Research Institute Library in Los Angeles, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Brooklyn Museum, Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, and next in prominent university circles collections such as the Arthur and Mata Jaffe Collection at Florida Atlantic University Library, UC Irvine, Otis College of Art & Design, and the UCLA Library Special Collections.
Es' mixed media paintings have exhibited at the Riverside Art Museum, Torrance Art Museum in Torrance, California, and the Craft and Folk Art Museum.
Es is the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Fellowship Award, two Durfee Foundation ARC Grants, and was awarded the 2014 Wynn Newhouse Award.
As a visual artist, Es is known for creating personal narratives. They have used next experience as the fuel for their subject matter, transforming a damage history into a positive and spiritual resolve. Candid experiences are laid bare and forged directly into their paintings, drawings, soft sculptures, mixed media installations, and handmade books. In 2015, Los Angeles Art Critic, Peter Frank wrote: "An autodidact, Es has long embodied her interests and her struggles - in painted and drawn and even sculpted and sewn imagery - darkly whimsical forms and figures whose deft bagginess have the eye "going for a walk taking into consideration a line" (in the words of Paul Klee, who strongly influenced Es) but aggressively badly affect the mind."
In 2010, Los Angeles art critic, A. Moret wrote: "The viewer activates the following as Es rewrites the relation by mending a damage history and constructing a other narrative. Carol Es has transformed the when that as soon as plagued her existence into her raison d’ être."
Es' artwork has been reviewed in LA Weekly, Artillery Magazine, Art LTD, ArtScene Magazine, Whitehot Magazine, Jewish Journal, and the Huffington Post. They have been represented by Shulamit Gallery in Venice California and George Billis Gallery Los Angeles, and are currently represented by Craig Krull Gallery in Santa Monica, CA. Ayin published their memoir, Shrapnel in the San Fernando Valley in April 2019 for which they won the Bruce Geller Memorial Prize, and were interviewed in LA Weekly.
In 2021 the player came out as transqueer/nonbinary and tainted their broadcast to Ayin.