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 began with great success when in 2009 his first solo exhibition at Terrence Rogers Fine Art in Santa Monica, CA sold out in the first two weeks. He’s been exhibiting in California and throughout the country ever since and continues to recieve acclaim as a tremendous talent in the representational painting world. In 2012 Jason and his wife relocated to the banks of the Mississippi River in Maiden Rock, WI. There he finds inspiration in the beauty of the river landscape, history of the towns, buildings, and locals.
“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 contemporary paintings that somehow brings this unique and quickly departing beauty back to social awareness.”