Jason Young was born in Vancouver, Canada in 1969. The Canadian artist went at the very young age of sixteen to France where he attended the Cleveland Institute of Fine Arts followed by the School of Fine Arts in Los Angeles, at the University of Southern California. In addition to this, to complete his "classical" fine art education Jason went back to France in 1990 to study at the Sorbonne while apprenticing to the world famous Russian artist Yuri Kuper at his ateliers in Normandy and Paris.more »
There, Jason learned to paint in the highly realistic figurative style of "trompe-l'oeuil" for which Mr. Kuper was so famous. Rounding out his art education, Jason immersed himself in the more contemporary and conceptual side of the art world at the Institute des Hautes Etudes en Arts Plastiques. Jason was one of only twenty artists accepted by this full scholarship school - headed by the founding curator of the Beaubourg and Moderna Museet, Pontus Hulten and the world famous artists Daniel Buren and Sarkis.
Immediately after his education, while still living in Paris, Jason was awarded solo and group shows in Los Angeles, and his hometown Vancouver. He quickly gained representation at the James Corcoran Gallery in Santa Monica, Cristinerose Gallery in New York, and the Monte Clark Gallery in Vancouver. He rapidly evolved as an artist, not only developing his own style, but was quickly recognized by his peers as being one of only a handful of artists to pioneer the new medium of resin painting.
After moving to New York, Jason began showing more internationally, with Solo shows in Milan, Spain, and Korea, while gaining representation by Thomas Soloman's Garage in L.A., Christopher Cutts Gallery in Toronto, and Clifford Smith Gallery in Boston and Galeria Leyendecker in Spain.
Encouraged by favorable reviews in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and Art in America, Jason's style and use of materials became even more intricate and daring. Using various resins and metals to create mercurial mutated medium that transformed his traditional art training into a form of high-tech minimal "trompe-l'oeuil". Working in both painting and sculpture, Jason began solo shows at the Chac Mool Gallery in Los Angeles and was included in more and more museum shows such as "Paintings that Paint Themselves" in Detroit and "Materiality" at the Kresge Museum. His painting "Gunmetal Tap" was chosen out of 68 artists works for the invitation and catalogue cover for the Tucson Museum of Art show "Paint On Metal" which included the works of Frank Stella, Robert Raushenberg, John Baldessari, John Chamberlain, and Alexander Calder, to name a few.
Most recently, showing sculptures, painting and film at Arcaute Arte Contemporaneo in Monterrey, Mexico, his work has evolved into a sort of performance of sculptures that paint. The first example of this has materialized in his first short film with director Pascal Franchot titled "The Curling Stones."
WHITE, Jason's newest endeavor currently in discussion with major corporations, embodies his artistic cachet while supporting today's green movement through a large-scale art and film project. Check it out at www.thewhitefilm.com.« less
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