Today we’d like to introduce you to Jason Smith.
Jason, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I started drawing at a very young age. At community college I was encouraged to pursue art much more seriously. I graduated in December 2010 from URI Summa cum laude with a bachelors in Fine Arts and concentrations in drawing, printmaking (Intaglio and stone lithography) and digital art & design. I supported myself through school and beyond by working in the construction excavation field.
My initial ventures into the professional world were submitting to and participating in juried museum exhibitions namely the Attleborough Art museum and the Newport Art museum. I also did commission works, graphic design work and was granted in 2014 my first solo exhibition “Outer Myths” at the Newport Art museum for 2016. Around the same time I was invited to join Hera gallery and had the “Myths & Revelations” exhibition in November 2014. In September 2016 I had another exhibition at Hera gallery called “Lost Races: The Americas” which earned me the current exhibition “Origins” from Edmund Barry Gaither at the Museum of the National Center of Afro American Artists (NCAAA) in Boston.
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
My current work is using oil and acrylic paint markers on 18″x 24″ Dura-Lar (Mylar x acetate) a contemporary archival surface that won’t yellow over time. This luminous pigmented work involves a layering stipple process focusing on spot weight; color palette, image size, and varying ranges of solid space. I try to blur the lines between drawing and painting. They are professionally framed and given varied colored 2″ mattes to accentuate the colors used in the work.
My work is based on the research of obscure ancient cultures around the globe and their mythologies or religious customs that link with found artifacts and archaeological evidence in the form of relief carvings, codex’s, sculptures and monuments, then combining their influence with a natural creative intuition. I am inspired by discoveries of ancient advanced technology that defy Darwinism and our metaphysical timeline.
I hope to open people’s eyes to aspects of our history that helps to understand who we are and what we came from. I like to give a well-rounded finished product that covers all the points of Fine Artwork but makes you think and question and appreciate the layering of details.
You should know a lot of time and deep thinking go into the forming of any work that I produce. The reference images are not random and I read extensively on the topics I select to base artwork on.
What responsibility, if any, do you think artists have to use their art to help alleviate problems faced by others? Has your art been affected by issues you’ve concerned about?
The biggest challenges would seem to be time and funding for art. People have to put in 40 plus hours a week just to live and that breaks down to very little time a day only so many hours a day after 9Maybe being recognized before having their ideas stolen and used by a more established entity. I’ve seen talented artists get consumed by teaching others, caring for their families and doing whatever they have to do to pay bills and all that takes away time to produce good quality art. Quality art materials are expensive and add up very quickly when purchased in bulk. It is also a very very competitive field and art is very subjective. You also run into demographic issues or you just go against the grain and carve out your own niche to stand apart from the rest.
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I currently have an exhibition called “Origins” with 26 paintings on display at the National Museum Center of Afro American Artists located on 300 Walnut Avenue, Boston, MA. The hours are Tuesday through Sunday 1-5 pm. People can support my work by making serious inquiries about the work or requesting to be informed via email about exhibitions and newsworthy happenings. I am open to commission work as well at various sizes to hopefully offer people something at a more affordable price. I also am a member of Hera gallery located at 10 High Street in Wakefield, Rhode Island. There will be new work at an exhibition opening on September 10th, 2018 6-8 pm. It will be called “Missing Links”.
- Website: jason-e-smith.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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