Location: United States
Born on January 20th 1976, Jason Bryant grew up in rural North Carolina. Art was always around Jason, encouraged by his mother, who would often draw comic book figures for him as a kid. At around age six, Jason would observe with anticipation the joy his uncle derived from creating drawings for him and from watching Jason create images. These memories serve as seminal moments for Jason’s development as an artist at an early age.
As Jason grew older, movies and drawing became a way for him to escape the realities of a broken home. Jason’s fascination with drawing was replaced by a love for painting, which was encouraged in him by his mentor Paul Hartley during his years at East Carolina University, where Jason received his BFA in 1999. While painting, Jason would listen to the soundtrack of different films, letting himself be completely absorbed in the emotions and images the music evoked and translating the energy into images on his canvas.
The flux of the world is based upon dialogue, how we interact, and the change from these interactions. The one thing that has remained a constant tool in bringing about, as well as informing people of, change is art. Art is the vehicle that we use to educate ourselves. It is the consummate mirror of our world, reflected back at us. Jason believes in trying to build that mirror, to illuminate people’s understanding of the world.
After receiving his BFA, Jason moved to Baltimore, where he lived for five years before moving to Brooklyn, New York. In the beginning of his career in Baltimore, Jason did an internship for the Mayors Advisory Committee on Art and Culture, where he was introduced to many of the contemporaries he works with today. His relationship with the community of artists was furthered when he was accepted to the Maryland Institute College of Art, where he received his MFA in May 2004 from the Mount Royal School of Art graduate program. After receiving his MFA, Jason moved to Brooklyn NY were he has worked as an artist assistant to Kehinde Wiley since 2005.
While living in Baltimore and Brooklyn Bryant has exhibited at such institutions as The Greenville Museum of Art in Greenville, North Carolina; The Period Gallery in Omaha, Nebraska; Transport Gallery in Los Angeles, California, Maryland Art Place in Baltimore, Maryland; The James E. Lewis Fine Arts Museum in Baltimore, The Contemporary Museum in Baltimore, Tribes Gallery in New York, Porter Contemporary in New York, Like the Spice Gallery in New York, Vertical Gallery in Chicago, Gauntlet Gallery in San Fransico and Gallery 32 in London, England.
In the past four years, Bryant’s paintings have been published in such publications as Thrasher Magazine Juxtapoz, The Baltimore City Paper, The Philadelphia Inquirer Link Magazine, Direct Art Magazine volumes 5 and 7, New Art International, NY Arts magazine. Studio visit Magazine., Flavorpill, and American Artist Since 2004 Bryant has been represented by Glance Gallery in North Carolina, the Showroom Gallery in Tennessee,Like the Spice Gallery in Brooklyn NY, !9 Karen Contemporary Artspace in Austrailia Porter Contemporary in New York, NY
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