Jason Bryant

Jason Bryant

United States 1976

Urban Art, Pop Art


Jason Bryant
Jason Bryant
United States
January 13, 2016
Ok, I know it's so damn corny to quote somebody just to describe yourself, let alone Confucius, but this quote says all about my relationship with Widewalls, so forgive me for doing this: Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. Am I forgiven?

Jason Bryant is an American artist whose work is based on counter-culture elements and balanced with black and white cinematic imagery as the artist is heavily influenced by classic film.

Bryant was born in 1976, in Wilson in rural North Carolina. He grew up with a mother who encouraged him from the early age to “keep in touch” with art. She would often draw, together with Jason’s uncle, comic book figures for the boy. These moments and vivid memory of them served this artist not to quit that special bond he has with an artistic creation.

Inspired by classic film

Jason Bryant - Nothing Left To Give, 2012
Jason Bryant – Nothing Left To Give, 2012

Jason earned his painting BFA at the East Carolina University where his mentor was Paul Hartley. Upon graduation, in 1999, he moves to Baltimore as he was granted an internship with the Mayors Advisory Committee on Art and Culture. In 2004, Jason received his MFA from the Mount Royal School of Art at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

After completing his art education, he moved to New York where he started to collaborate very soon with such names as Kehinde Wiley or Bjarne Melgaard, working as an artist assistant in a variety of studios.

As an 11 years old boy, Jason entered the world of skateboarding. Together with art, these two skills remained his two biggest passions. Practicing skateboard tricks is behind him, but this artist managed to join art with skateboarding in a very creative way. Even though he does not skate that actively any more, he now brings skate graphics into his work, painting directly on boards. One of those kinds of series is titled Merging Icons and it merges iconic skate graphics with iconic film stills.

Inspired by skateboarding

Jason Bryant - Smoke and Mirrors series, 2015
Jason Bryant – Smoke and Mirrors series, 2015

As for his paintings, Jason’s large scale oil paintings are inspired by film and comic books. What he does is cropping images to create his characteristic and dynamic perspective. However, his artworks are very technical and refined as he insists on traditional approach to painting, due to his immense respect for the history of painting.

Bryant’s work appeared in such publications as Thrasher Magazine Juxtapoz, The Baltimore City Paper, The Philadelphia Inquirer Link Magazine, Direct Art Magazine volumes 5 and 7…

This artist is represented by 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace in Mermaid Beach QLD.

Jason Bryant lives and works in New York City.

All images copyright © the artist

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2014All We Want is EverythingGauntlet Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2014Coming HomeThe Rocky Mount Arts Center, Rocky Mount, NCSolo
2014Letters From HomePorter Contemporary, New York, NYSolo
2014Tribute to Michael Jackson's 10 Best Film Clips19 Karen, Gold Coast, AustraliaGroup
2014A Portrait Apart DeuxPorter Contemporary, New York, NYGroup
2013Deck the HallsVertical Gallery, Chicago, ILGroup
2013Below the SurfaceConverge Gallery, Williamsport, PAGroup
2013Starting SmallPorter Contemporary, New York, NYGroup
2013Cirque du Soleil19 Karen, Gold Coast, AustraliaGroup
2013Drink to Me: Views of PicassoPorter Contemporary, New York, NYGroup
2013FURPorter Contemporary, New York, NYGroup
2012The Art of Spain19Karen, Gold Coast, AustraliaGroup
2012A Rolling StonePorter Contemporary, New York, NYGroup
2012Smoke & MirrorsPorter Contemporary, NYCSolo
2012Impulse Solo BoothPULSE Contemporary Art Fair via Porter Contemporary, NYCSolo
2011Love's Labor LostLike the Spice, Brooklyn, NYSolo
2011Aqua Art Miami 2011Porter Contemporary, New York, NYGroup
2011A Portrait ApartPorter Contemporary, New York, NYGroup
2010Behind the CurtainRaandesk Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2010TrilogyRaandesk Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2009Its only Black and WhiteRaandesk Gallery, New York ,NYGroup
2009Off the clockLike the Spice Gallery, Brooklyn , NYGroup
2009ChangeIll Ramo d’oro, Naples ItalyGroup
2008Brooklyn Part 2The Showroom Gallery, Nashville TNGroup
2008Scope Art FairLike the Spice Gallery, Miami, FLGroup
2008Bridge Art FairRaandesk Gallery of Art and Like the Spice Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2008Someday, Maybe, NeverRaandesk Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2007FleshpotLike the Spice Gallery, Brooklyn, NYSolo
2007Filmic FlashesRaandesk Gallery of Art, New York, NYSolo
2007Fountain Art FairLike the Spice Gallery, Miami, FLGroup
2007Art & LivingRaandesk Gallery of Art, New York, NYGroup
2007Light & LinesRaandesk Gallery of Art, New York, NYGroup
2007MiscellanyRaandesk Gallery of Art, Jersey City, NJGroup
2007Emergence Art PartyRaandesk Gallery of Art, Washington, DCGroup
2007Drawn & QuarteredLike the Spice Gallery, Brooklyn, NYGroup
2005G Spot 5 year Anniversary ShowThe G Spot, Baltimore, MDSolo
2004Cinematic VisionsThe Amalie Rothschild Gallery, The Creative Alliance at the Patterson, Baltimore, MDSolo
2004Hands OnThe Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, MDGroup
2004Draw DrawingGallery 32, London, EnglandGroup
2004Critical MassCurated by Peter Scheldjal, 1708 Gallery, Richmond VAGroup
2004Corcoran Faculty Biennial ExhibitionThe Hemicycle Gallery, Washington, DCGroup
2003UntitledThe James E. Lewis Museum, Morgan State University, Baltimore, MDGroup
2003TactileTransport Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2003CovertThe Whole Gallery, Baltimore, MDGroup
2002Public ForumMaryland Art Place, Baltimore, MDGroup
200216th Annual Critic’s PicksMaryland Art Place, Baltimore, MDGroup
2001DialogueThe Good Love Bar, Baltimore, MDSolo
2001NanotechnologyThe Whole Gallery, Baltimore, MDGroup
2001Cream5th Annual Art Show, Atlanta, GAGroup
2000A Brush with RealityThe Greenville Museum of Art, Greenville, NCSolo
1999Process of IThe Rocky Mount Arts Center, Rocky Mount, NCSolo