Born in 1980 in Detroit, Michigan, Jason John grew up in Northeastern Pennsylvania. He received a BFA in painting from Kutztown University and an MFA in painting and drawing from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He also studied at The Waichulis Studio (now called Ani Art Academies).
“My interest as an artist is related to how people developed personal identity in relation to personal memory and how individuals interact with the social world. The situations individuals experiences can drastically alter the shape of a person’s memory, and furthermore, a person’s identity and social perception. As a painter, I represent figures trapped in an environment of uneasiness and flux. Some or all of the people in my paintings are concealed by a veil or mask. Partially concealing the identity of an individual removes the personal relationship viewers would expect from an openly represented portrait. Each character in my paintings has become one with their environment and can evolve toward empowerment or devolve into personal displacement and loss of identity.”
Jason John’s work can be seen at WWA Gallery in Los Angeles, CA, Sylvia White Gallery in Ventura, CA, and Gauntlet Gallery in San Francisco, CA. Jason has been affiliated with Principle Gallery in Alexandria, VA and Arcadia Gallery in New York. Recently Jason was inducted into the Museum of Realist Art in Boston, MA. Jason’s work has been on the front covers of Bluecanvas Magazine, Art Calendar, Poets and Artists magazine, Visual Arts Overture Magazine, and Weave Magazine. Jason’s work has been featured in American Arts Quarterly, American Art Collector Magazine, Manifest Gallery’s International Painting books 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5, Studio Visit Magazine, Creative Quarterly Magazine, and Aesthetica Magazine. Jason participated in the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville’s exhibition ‘Get Real’, curated by Ben Thompson and was included in the Huntsville Museum of Art’s exhibition, Red Clay Survey.
Jason is presently assistant professor of painting at University of North Florida.