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Selected Works
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A Fighting Chance, 2012. Mixed media, ink, acrylic, oil, and paper on canvas, 45 x 45 in.

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Cheating at Solitare, 2012. Mixed media, collage, oil, and paper on canvas, 47 x 60 in.

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Constant Companion, 2012. Mixed media, collage, ink, oil, and paper on canvas, 54 x 54 in.

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Dig, 2012. Mixed media, collage, ink, oil, and paper on canvas, 54 x 54 in.

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Larger in Life, 2012. Mixed media, collage, ink, and oil on paper, mounted to 2 canvases, 106 x 70 in.

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Me & the Devil Blues #5, 2012. Ink and mixed media on paper, 30 x 22 in.

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Me & the Devil Blues #1, 2012, Ink and mixed media on paper, 30 x 22 in.

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Me & the Devil Blues #2, 2012. Ink and mixed media on paper, 30 x 22 in.

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Me & the Devil Blues #3, 2012. Ink and mixed media on paper, 30 x 22 in.

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Me & the Devil Blues #4, 2012. Ink and mixed media on paper, 30 x 22 in.

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Me & the Devil Blues #6, 2012, Ink and mixed media on paper, 30 x 22 in.

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Momentum, 2012. Mixed media, collage, ink, oil, and paper on canvas, 60 x 60 in.

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Of Two Minds, 2012, Mixed media, collage, ink, oil and paper on canvas.

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A Resurrection to Nothing and Grace, 2012. Mixed media, collage, ink, oil, and paper, 60 x 39 in.

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Standards and Practices, 2012. Mixed media, acrylic, and oil on found wood, 44 x 96 in.

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The Great Egress, 2012. Mixed media, collage, plaster, oil, and paper on canvas, 74 x 60 in.

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Lovers, 2012. Mixed media, collage, ink, oil, and paper on canvas, 60 x 60 in.

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Windell, 2012. Mixed media, collage, ink, oil, and paper on canvas, 70 x 54 in.

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Press Release

Tennessee native, Los Angeles painter, Jason Shawn Alexander readies himself for a new collection of paintings and graphic works, {sic}, at 101/exhibit Contemporary Art Gallery in Los Angeles, October 13, 2012.


{sic} or [sic] can be thought of as an editing term meaning, “that’s really how it appears in the original.” More of a statement about things, as they are, and less a form of a question. {sic} Looks to capture deep, human emotion at the vulnerable instant Jason’s subjects let their guard down. Jason carefully chooses his protagonists; disseminates, and transfers thoughtful
glimpses onto the canvas surface. Thick brush strokes; layered textural elements; and generously applied varnishes — methodically reveals — intense, psychological dioramas infused with dramatic narrative.


A conversation shared at Jason’s studio reveals a simple thought about the fifteen or so canvases awaiting painterly gesture: poetry, written scrawl and additional layers of painted information. Jason Shawn Alexander describes {sic}, “letting go while revealing emotional windows that disclose split-second vulnerability.” 

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Larger in Life, 2012, Mixed media, collage, ink & oil on paper, mounted to 2 canvases

Emotional nuances of Jason’s work seem to time stamp the goings on of the subject’s past, revealing multiple movements of his subject on a singular canvas. Jason delivers a cohesive vision uniting two disparate worlds of contemporary painting rooted in abstraction and figurative. Art collectors, curators, institutions, critics and writers actively celebrate Jason’s consistent growth as a leading contemporary:


Shana Nys Dambrot, art critic who has appeared in Modern Painters, ARTnews, Juxtapoz and the managing Los Angeles editor of Flavorpill.com, introduces Jason’s monograph, Undertow: “In Alexander’s compositions, convincingly rendered, almost preternaturally keen observations of the physical world are infused with specific emotional content… He’s
succeeding with the most recent paintings to merge those facets of his practice together; to force a collusion between them, the better to more fully describe a feeling rather than an event — or more precisely, to narrate several different
events in a longer story all at once.”


Dennis, fine art collector, contributes,“You cannot own one of Jason Shawn Alexander’s paintings; it owns you. His work is of our time and yet timeless. It has a rawness that can be perceived by all our senses. He takes us to the most inconvenient places and we cannot help but to embrace them while keeping our distance for its presence is a powerful earthquake.” Sloan Schaffer, dedicated to emerging and established narrative painters and 101/exhibit founder writes: “Jason’s work deeply penetrates immediately, directly to the core of integrity; often depicting figurative imagery, wretched in hyper-critical spaces — where mind, body and spirit hangs in the balance of existential woe.”

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Of Two Minds, 2012, Mixed media, collage, ink, oil & paper on canvas, 54 x 70 inches

Artists in this exhibition
Publication
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UNDERTOW
2011
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Undertow Catalog
2011
Location & Contact

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