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Jason Shawn Alexander – New Paintings and Graphic Works – Los Angeles – California

Larger in Life – detail

From October 13 to November 26, 2012 – 101 exhibit – West Hollywood

Jason Shawn Alexander (B. 1975) Painter and draftsman from Tennessee, currently resides and works in Los Angeles, California. Though modern in its subject matter, Alexander’s work pulls, still, from the vulnerability, fear, and underlying strength that come from his rural upbringing. Much like good Delta Blues, his work maintains a sense of pain and passion which steers Alexander away from the standard “isms” that, in his words, “tend to muddy up what’s really important”. The result is something heartbreakingly genuine.

Larger in Life | 106×70 inches, mixed media, collage, inks, oils and paper on two canvases, 2012

probably not a coincidence that Jason Shawn Alexander, in his bio, mentions the Blues, and that when I first saw his paintings I immediately got a Muddy Waters song in my head. Alexander’s work just looks like it hums along a sweaty slide guitar chord, singing its pain and prosperity through a haze of smoke. You can tell that something bad is happening to or around his subjects, but also that they’re just people so it can’t be bad forever. His gritty, drippy, and dark style lends an ominous air, like a fresh grave, and the subject’s poses humanize the whole thing. This is the whole package.” (Brad Martin)

101 exhibit

Jason Shawn Alexander: Undertow – Miami – Florida

Jason Shawn Alexander - In Progress 60x72 in. oil on canvas 2011

Until Feb. 8th, 2012 – 101/exhibit

New works by Jason Shawn Alexander, the Los Angeles-based Expressionist figurative painter. The show coincides with the publication of a book, also called Undertow.
The new works come at a time of great success for the 35-year old artist. “His confidence as a figurative painter is allowing more of the process to show in his work,” said Schaffer (owner of 101/exhibit). An expert draftsman, Alexander has developed a method for mounting paper to canvas, which enables him to use his inks at the idea’s inception. He draws with fluidity and an energy he has long sought to bring to his paintings. The ink serving as a gestural skeleton, the artist then uses models to help pull out realism and sculpt the flesh of his pieces. His intimate works penetrate to the core of human integrity, often depicting images of figures wrenched in that critical space where the strained coordination of mind, body, and spirit, hangs in the balance of existential woe.

35-year old Jason Shawn Alexander’s career started when his self-published illustrations caught the attention of mainstream and independent comic book publishers. Alexander worked for years as a draftsman for Marvel, “I am very pleased to present Jason’s third exhibition at 101/exhibit,” said 33-year old Sloan Schaffer, who gave the artist his first solo show in 2009, the same year he opened his gallery. “His masterfully rich figures inhabit settings that, at times, evoke the stillness of theater. “These paintings offer the viewer a glimpse of private moments, captured in the wake of a great receding void,” said Schaffer. “With his intense personal narrative combined with overtones of allegory, the paintings are imbued with an essential human drama that is his signature quality.”
His friendship with renowned painter Kent Williams found the two sharing a studio for a time, painting side by side. Today, he has worked his way to prominence as an authentic leading voice among young contemporary American figurative painters.

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Jason Shawn Alexander, New Work – New York

Bathtub - 30 X 40 - oil on linen - 2010

From December 2 2010 to February 6 2011 – 101/Exhibit
Jason Shawn Alexander or J. Alexander (born c. 1975) is a painter, illustrator and draftsman from Portland, Tennessee.
Alexander has produced illustrations for Dark Horse Comics, Warner Brothers, DC Comics, Hasbro, White Wolf, Inc, and Dalmatian Press.
A self-starter, his creator-owned Empty Zone was published for years by Sirius Entertainment. He also contributed to Poison Elves: Lusiphur and Linlith, also for Sirius Entertainment.
Brad Martin, a contributing writer with Juxtapoz magazine, describes his fine art pieces thus: “His gritty, drippy, and dark style lends an ominous air, like a fresh grave, and the subject’s poses humanize the whole thing.”[1]
Jason’s work can be seen at Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles and 101/exhibit in Miami and New York

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