Jason York was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia. The artist fell in love with surrealist and abstract art at a young age, when as a teenager, he came upon books tracing the lives and careers of Salvator Dali and Jean-Michel Basquiat. For York, this was the decisive moment, where he knew he’d found that which was truer to him than anything else he had seen before.
Working in the hotel and airline industry, York spent many years travelling North America. Most notably, his time spent wandering the galleries and museums in the urban art mecca of Chicago, was what nourished York’s love and need for art and finally led him to become an artist himself. It was only in 2013 that York — completely self-taught — decided to start creating. Instinctively, gutturally, and honestly, paint became the way York spoke, and the canvas became his audience.
York’s palette screams bold, bright colours, uniquely channelling the tenacity of Andy Warhol’s pop-art chroma. Meanwhile, the juxtaposing combinations of colour— which are painted with the expressive fervour of a mid-century master — contribute an added depth to York’s work. Undeniably informed by some of the most inventive artists of the 20th Century — from Basquiat to Richter — a York canvas takes you on a journey through the history of art. Meanwhile, a 21st Century point of view adds a new layer to that very history; the accelerated pace of our day to day is felt in York’s palette knife work, and a smile evoked by a hue of orange brighter than the burning sun, allows us a moment of reprieve and content contemplation. A York canvas is raw, real, and truly multi- dimensional.
York explains, “I never set out to know exactly what I’m going to paint; it’s always coming from the latest life lessons, and awareness.”
York’s work can be found in private and corporate collections throughout North America, with recent sales in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Beijing, Houston and Chicago.
Khare Communications - In Dialogue with Jason York