With his upcoming show "Lovers and Friends" Jason Bard Yarmosky, the New York realist painter, "challenges the normality of tribalism within society." Jason’s work has been pushing the conceptual boundaries of traditional portrait painting and drawing through his relationship with his grandparents, exploring age and mortality in contrast to the historical glorification of youth and immortality in our culture. We had the opportunity to talk to the amazingly talented artist.
What's your earliest art memory?
I was always drawing as a child. When I was 4 years old my grandparents used to pay me $1 for art lessons.
We love how you explore the subject of aging. As a society we put so much pressure on youth. What brought about the idea of tackling this subject matter?
I grew up close with my grandparents and was fascinated by the idea of aging and time. I recognized that aging with time is inevitable so why as a society do we choose to avoid and not celebrate that significant part of life. My art is very personal to me and I am able to ask a lot of questions I have through my work.
Why do you think we believe we have to figure things out by the time we are 30?
We don't. That's an unnecessary societal pressure. We'll spend out entire lives figuring things out, if we're lucky.
What did you want to accomplish with "Lovers and Friends"?
My, ‘Lovers and Friends’, paintings portray a diverse array of people close to me, who may or may not have actually met. These groupings reflect my personal relationships individually while simultaneously creating a new narrative on the canvas- and challenge the normality of tribalism within society.
Who were some of the artists that you really gravitated toward early on and has that changed over time?
The ninja turtles - Leonardo da Vinci, Michlangelo, Raphael, etc.
What's your process like? Do you begin with pictures of people?
I do some sketching and writing. When I have an idea I like, I then take photo references to work from in the studio. I make sure I draw from life every week to practice my observational skills. This helps greatly when working from photography references.
If you could have a conversation with any artist dead or alive who would it be?
My grandmother passed in 2017. She was an artist of sorts and certainly a muse to me, so I'll say her.
What do you want to accomplish with your work?
My work is a vehicle to explore ideas and questions that I have in my lie. The way we spend our lifetimes 'figuring things out' is what I hope to accomplish with my work.
What is the best pizza in New York?
I really like Joe's Pizza on north 5th in BK. Or the spot on 7th ave near Bleecker in Manhattan.
Images by Jason Bard Yarmosky
"Lovers and Friends"
August 29th, 2019
Double Diamond House
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