Wheat Field with Cypresses

Jason Bryant

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Jason Bryant

Title

An Instant/An eternity

Medium

Oil on Canvas

Year

2015

L (in)

50

H (in)

50

Price

$3,000

Artwork Details

This piece, from the very successful series “Merging Icons” where I combined 3 of my passions , Painting, Skateboarding, and Cinema. I paint the beautiful black and white image of Marlena Dietrich with the bright vibrant colors from a iconic 1980’s Skate graphic merging 3 very influential cultures

Artist Bio

A photo, a fingerprint, a signature, and DNA are all methods we use to identify a person, but they are just a
means to match a name or face to an individual, not to describe who they are or to translate their identity.
For as long as I have been using portraiture as the main focus of my paintings, it is not the identity or
recognizable face in which I use to describe my portraits, but more of a blueprint of how I approach
portraiture. Many levels go into what makes a person’s portrait. It’s a fabric of many layers, intertwined
with a person’s favorite foods, music, and movies. I have used all of these concepts in building my
portraits. Stemming from my lifelong love of the cinema, many of the subjects of my paintings are actors
and actresses. However, I am not commenting on celebrity or the star system, but I use the celebrity as a
hook to bring then viewer in. My work has never focused on the face to describe or examine a portrait.
Instead, by cropping or hiding certain features of the face, I add more mystery to the portrait, bringing us to
question who we are and what’s beneath the surface.
In my recent series of paintings, I have incorporated my love of skateboarding to explore themes of
portraiture. With vibrant visceral iconic skateboard graphics coming from behind or bursting through the
elegant black and white images of various actors and actresses, I’ve merged two of the most important parts
of my life, skateboarding and art. I use the traditional format of the portrait, to simultaneously, comment on
identity and create portraits that mean so much more than just the individual being painted. With most of
my paintings, the figure is the focal point, but when all of the elements of the painting come into play, the
work really explores the identity of others, not the subject being painted. There is so much to be learned
from a person’s portrait, information that goes well beyond the face.

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