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From Figurative to Abstract
25th May-1st June 2019


About the workshop

In the morning you will go out with painting materials and sketchbooks making small drawn designs quickly painted studies and colour collages from observation.Jason will teach by demonstrating and give guidance on subject matter composition and the painting and collage process.
In the afternoon session we will be back in the studio to look at the studies and make considered colour decisions through mixing paint and experimenting with methods of application in paint and collage.The interplay between painting drawing and collage will be the focus for the week opening new creative approach for many. Jason will help students both individually and together as a group.

About Jason

Jason studied painting first at Camberwell School of Art, and then at the Royal academy Schools.  After a period teaching in UK art schools he established his current studio at the London Museum of Water and Steam.  In 1993 he founded the New English Art Club drawing school, and in 2008 became president of the The New English Art Club.  In 2013 he was made an official war artist in Camp Bastion, Afghanistan.  Jason regularly exhibits in the UK and elsewhere, recently at the Ashmolean museum in Oxford, and one man shows at the Russell Gallery and New Grafton Gallery in London.  In 2015 he was awarded the Prince of Wales Portrait Drawing Prize, and in 2016 his work was included Lynn Painter Stainers exhibition in the Mall Galleries.
In Jason’s painting practice there is a constant figurative/abstract interplay and a desire to find the essence of his motif, whatever the subject.  He often makes thumbnail sketches in mixed media, ink and pastel that are a visceral response to the subject and then uses them as the basis for larger finished paintings.  A constant motivator for his work is Samuel Beckett’s ironic quote “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”