From the Soul to the Heart:
New Paintings by Jason Craighead
September 13 - October 12, 2013
Take a virtual tour of Jason Craighead's exhibition, here.
A brief video sketch at the artist at work on the exhibition, here.
Paintings in the Exhibition
View more work by Jason Craighead on the artist's page, here.
Compelling best describes From the Soul to the Heart, the solo exhibition of new paintings by North Carolina artist Jason Craighead, opening September 13. In his newest work, Craighead explores the concept of meraki, the untranslatable Greek word that means to imbue one's activities with ardor, love, and creativity.
Meraki is an apt word to describe Craighead's powerfully expressive work, which combines elements of drawing, painting, collage, graffiti, and process art. The artist describes his work as “intuitive and emotionally driven mark making.” The results are remarkably beautiful.
To Craighead, his art is “an ongoing evolution, one of self-discovery and personal truth.” This self-awareness is reflected in paintings that speak with a rare directness. As one reviewer has described his latest work, “Craighead is intimately in tune with his emotions and what making art means to him.” (New Raleigh)
Craighead’s paintings often begin as bare canvases on the studio floor. As the artist walks over them—and sometimes spills on them—in his daily activities, ideas begin to emerge. The canvases then earn a spot on the wall, where the Craighead’s emotional energy and technical aplomb are channeled into finishing what began as nothing more than a floor cloth. In the artist’s own words, when he has finished a painting, “it has got so much passion. It has been stepped on, walked on, dripped on, scribbled on and coated, and it’s just great.”
The result, whether lyrical or dramatic, is always vibrantly alive and authentic. As one reviewer has written, “If you have never seen [Jason’s] paintings before, they have the definite vibe of abstract expressionism, and they conjure up ghosts of everyone from Motherwell to Franz Kline to Cy Twombly.” (St. Louis Metro News)
© 2013 Thomas Deans Fine Art