Jason Bryant, originally from Wilson, NC, currently lives and works in New York City. Bryant graduated from East Carolina University with a BFA and went on to the Maryland Institute College of Art for his MFA in painting. Bryant moved to New York City soon after and began work with such notable artists as Kehinde Wiley and Bjarne Melgaard.
Heavily influenced by classic film, Bryant begins each painting by researching images from cinematic moments or magazine images of interest to fit various themes exploring loneliness, vulnerability and frailty. Bryant renders each image, at first as a pencil sketch on canvas without the use of projection and then by transforming the image through oil paint into a photorealistically and beautifully rendered film still. Bryant, a skateboarder himself, then incorporates signature skateboard graphics or paints in pixilated areas often cropping the eyes or other notable features of each character.
Bryant’s paintings have been exhibited across the United States, Europe, and Australia, are represented by galleries in New York, London, and the Gold Coast, and are collected worldwide. His work has been featured and covered in Juxtapoz Magazine, Thrasher (U.S. and France), NY Arts Magazine, American Artist, Ocean Home Magazine, and Time Out New York.
Bryant’s first retrospective opened at the Rocky Mount Arts Center in North Carolina in October 2014.