Jason A. Cina
Medium: Painting

Studio Location:
Woodside @ Topaz Arts OR my Apt a block away. - Studio# 218

Phone: 917 509 1799 txt only

Email: info@jasonacina.com

Website:: www.jasonacina.com

Artist Bio:
I grew up in NYC on Roosevelt Island and have lived nearby in Queens since the late 1990's. My field of study was in stage design but transformed my career to be that of a fine artist. After years of lighting plays and painting scenery in the trenches of Off Broadway, I cared more for my 35mm stills and picked up from promising work begun in my teens.

The subsequent decade produced an esteemed portfolio which took me on several adventures across America accompanied by either girlfriend, actors or jazz musicians. Exhausted and penniless, I decided to stop photographing altogether and moved up to the front burner painting concepts sketched out while idle in hotels and airports.

Back home, I held several positions as a 'teaching artist' in scholastic institutions throughout the city. In 2008 I founded an art program in an adult day care facility where I covertly procured a space in which to develop the modern series entitled SLABS: ten freely carved and thickly painted wood panels derived solely from found materials. Since completion, the pieces have been regularly placed in exhibition and as of late last year three new smaller works debuted, along with two others freshly finished, all made possible by short term residences from Topaz Arts in Woodside.

Artist Statement:
Freely Carved & Thickly Painted [recycled] Wood Panels.
(Note: Image # 3 is in Detail)

Materials: All or combinations of the following...
Spray Paint, Latex Paint, Water Color, Oil Pastels, Paint Marker, Shellac, Shredded Paper, Plaster...

As a painter I work unwittingly opposite against a crisp photographic viewpoint resulting in reactionary arrays of color and reliance on rudimentary forms; elemental materials weathered and decayed outlined with an artificial vibrancy.

My method is improvisational with little forethought to conclusion rather riding a wave of openness during each stage of fabrication. Surface preparation is somewhat ceremonial as I randomly gouge out trenches or divots replacing the removed material with a plaster based amalgam. Once hardened, that too becomes eroded and painted. The remaining flat wooden planes are painted or stained similarly then sequentially sealed, masked and painted over in floating repetitious layers of playful dominant conglomerations of color.

Someone described my work as 'epidermal landscapes' for there certainly is liveliness to these seemingly microscopic slices of larger biological or molecular structures. The series entitled SLABS consists of ten uniformed sized paintings plus one larger prequel bridging the evolutionary gap. Numbers seven and eight morphed from pure abstraction into something floral like whereas nine and ten became erratic post parenthood. Current paintings are refined: smaller, manageable with three produced in 2016, plus two new panels near finality.

All images and text copyright Jason A. Cina