Jason grew up in NYC on Roosevelt Island and has lived in nearby 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 accompanied by actors or jazz musicians pushing his point of view towards candid and
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 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.
The 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
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.
Jason's 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.