Jason grew up in NYC on Roosevelt Island and has lived in western
Queens since the late 1990's. His field of study was in stage design but after years of lighting plays in the trenches of
Off Broadway Jason cared more for his 35mm stills and picked up from promising work begun in his teens.
The subsequent decade produced an esteemed portfolio which took Jason on several adventures across
America accompanying actors and jazz musicians pushing his point of view towards candid portraiture.
On the flip side, Jason's painting skills were kept sharp as he regularly freelanced as a scenic
artist Off Broadway in addition to filling up many a sketch book while idle in hotels and airports.
Back home, Jason taught art and photography for a handful of scholastic institutions including the
founding of the photography program at The Harlem Children's Zone. Later on he developed a studio art and photography curricula
for adults with developmental disabilities at AHRC taking place in facilities city wide. One location in particular was conveniently
around the corner from his apartment; and, with ample space allotted to the program, Jason covertly set up shop during off
hours commencing a series of paintings based on materials found in-house.
years that followed produced Jason's first cohesive series of ten large recycled wood panels entitled SLABS with several smaller
pieces recently added to the inventory thanks to long term residencies granted by Topaz Arts and Bliss on Bliss Studios both
located in western Queens.
Since first presenting the series as a solo
exhibition in 2013 the work has been showing regularly in commercial and collective galleries in Chelsea, Long Island City,
Brooklyn and the Lower East Side.
As a painter Jason works unwittingly opposite
against a crisp photographic viewpoint resulting in reactionary arrays of color and reliance on rudimentary forms; elemental
materials weathered and decayed outlined with an artificial vibrancy.
method is improvisational with little forethought to conclusion rather riding a wave of openness during each stage of fabrication.
Surface preparation is somewhat ceremonial as he randomly gouges out trenches or divots replacing the removed material with
a plaster based amalgam. Once hardened, that too becomes eroded and painted. The remaining flat wooden planes are painted
or stained similarly then sequentially sealed, masked and painted over in floating repetitious layers of playful dominant
conglomerations of color.
Someone described Jason's work as "epidermal
landscapes" for there certainly is liveliness to these seemingly microscopic slices of larger biological or molecular
structures. The series entitled SLABS consists of ten uniformed sized paintings plus one larger prequel bridging the evolutionary
gap. Numbers seven and eight morphed from pure abstraction into something floral like whereas nine and ten became erratic
post parenthood. Current paintings are refined: smaller, manageable with new pieces produced during long term residencies
granted by Topaz Arts and, at present, Bliss on Bliss Studios, both in western Queens.