New things that have fresh coats of paint and clean lines command our visual awareness. Things that have been used and worn out are often naively labeled unattractive. My work is both a statement of the effect of time on a location, as well as a vehicle to arouse attention to things that are often forgotten.
Growing up in the Midwest I was constantly surrounded by things that deteriorated over the natural course of time. Human nature dictates that we ignore or look past such blemishes. Abandoned and left in a state of neglect places and things are consumed and discarded like pieces of trash.
Using different types of paint and mixed media, I hope to bring awareness to the forgotten beauty of those locations by creating a body of work that stimulates memories one has about the places I paint. Ultimately, my goal is to create art that somehow brings this unique and quickly departing beauty back to social awareness.
Jason Kowalski was raised in the Upper Midwest and moved to Laguna Beach, CA in 2005 to study painting at Laguna College of Art and Design. Jason’s professional career begun with great success when his first solo exhibition at Terrence Rogers Fine Art in Santa Monica, CA sold out in the first two weeks. In 2009, Jason received his Bachelors degree in Fine Art from Laguna College of Art and Design. Recently, Jason, his wife Maria and young son Wyeth, relocated to the front range of the Rocky Mountains in Monument, Colorado. There he finds inspiration in the beauty of the mountain landscape to the west, foothills and rock outcroppings to the north, and rolling plains to the east. In talking about his work, Jason states, “I am interested in objects that have a past. Their story is often forgotten and their characteristics of being worn out, broken and old are commonly seen as unattractive. My goal is to create art that challenges viewers to see the unique beauty found in worn and castaway objects.”