The Savvy Artist here with another art review.
As I sit here in my cozy confines of my studio; air-conditioner blasting away on this blistery hot summer afternoon; enjoying a tasty glass of ice-cold lemonade.
Today's Palette Review focuses on the deep, passionately painted art of Salt Lake City artist, Jon Wassom.
Jon is what I would consider a contemporary abstract artist. His paintings, and his philosophy behind each of his brilliantly painted pieces are dynamic, and inspiring. A master artist with an absolute vision.
I was first introduced to Jon's astounding body of work a few months ago through a mutual friend, Emily Hennick Winters.
As is the norm these days, I sent Jon a friend request via Facebook, and introduced myself via messenger. Jon replied, and during one of our brief messenger conversations; I quickly noticed Jon's natural ability to extend his passion for the arts, and help as much as he could. Which was refreshing. As I have unfortunately encountered other artists in my time who are quite the opposite. Almost as if they are scared to open up, and trust other artists, but I digress...
It's simply astonishing to watch Jon paint. A whirl-wind of magic that unfolds onto the canvas.
Wassom, like a lot of other contemporary artists has mastered the social ability to keep his work engaging by allowing spectators to watch him "Live Paint" via broadcast sessions on Facebook. The artist's quick application, and his dynamic ability to render pretty much any subject onto the canvas is awh-inspiring.
A faithful artisan at work. Jon says, "I have a love affair with paint, and texture - I have always been drawn to things that have involved movement, music, and the arts. I would consider myself a very versatile artist, and I believe it is because of my diverse experiences growing up. I have been described by many people as a “Renaissance Man”. Starting as early as 6 years old, I focused on learning to play musical instruments such as the piano, trumpet, mellophone, French horn, and snare drum. received my black belt in Tae Kwon Do. I’ve always enjoyed flying through the air, so I became a gymnast for 8 years, and then switched to diving in high school, placing 4th at state."
"It wasn’t until I was 16 years old that I found my passion for painting and drawing. I was fortunate enough to be the first person in the Springville, Utah Museum of Art’s history to receive a Master’s award in the All-State High School show 2 years in a row. There are only 4 awards in the state given out. One of the pieces was purchased by a museum curator. I also was published in 2001 in The Artist’s Magazine for winning The Artist on the Rise competition in the Experimental Category. Surprisingly, I won out of 13,000 entries."
Upon studying Jon's, beautifully painted pieces; one can defiantly understand the catalyst that drives the artist. I would say it's safe to say that the endless possibilities that color, and texture play with each other - almost like energetic schoolmates on a warm spring afternoon captivate the artist, and inspire him to create.
Jon explains, that his paintings are shallow color sculptures full of intuitive mark making.
"I typically work very quickly projecting my love of movement into each piece. This also allows me to get little glimpses of how people might see my work for the first time. I don’t like the painting to freeze and become static before my eyes. This blinds me to the overall picture."
Jon's artwork is deeply spiritual. "I get into a deep meditative state," explains, Jon.
His paintings are about a subconscious journey, or an event. The process is what interests the artist. Not necessarily the end result. "I’m not interested in what is made, but how its made."
Discover more about the artist; visit www.wassomgallery.com