Size: 20"W x 20"H x 1.5"D
Year Created: 2016
Ready to Hang
When a moment of clarity, the acceptance of the truth, and the discovery of factual information, are introduced to abstract thought, (click!) the self is enlightened. Sometimes finding the answer, just as with finding the composition, can take deep, intense concentration, or it can come in an instant. The arrangement of these images can reflect the process of formulating an idea. The images on the painting can represent specific ideas, such as a translucent square can represent a thought. A solid opaque shape can represent a fact. The gesso background can represent time. As thoughts and visions connect, overlap, and unite with the whole concept, a realization is achieved.
The physical construction of the art entails:
Formulating the design. With the concept of the above paragraph and the use of strategic arrangements of the shapes, mostly squares and rectangles, the design is made.
Selecting the appropriate dimensions.
A 20x20 inch square has been selected for the size of the art. Select piece also come with an edged frame that I hand crafted specifically for these works.
Selecting the right textured fabric.
Linen was selected for the ideal texture for the work. Also, the color of the linen becomes part of the medium as parts of the linen are left bare.
Applying the gesso and acrylic paint. The gesso becomes the foundation and the first square. I use a technique for the acrylic paint that I developed over time and experimentation. The technique resembles screen printing. This technique allows for the sold but transparent shapes that are essential to the series.
Randall Jason Irvin is an artist who paints and creates abstract art. He lives and makes art in Belfast Maine. Originally Jason is from Atlanta, Georgia. Jason started his art education at Atlanta College of Art. He left his sophomore year for Athens, Georgia to form Vibeulator, a musical venture that led to writing, collaborating, and performing in the vibrant Athens music scene for several years. During this time Jason was also perfecting his culinary skills at the highly esteemed vegetarian restaurant “The Grit”, where he rose to head chef and crafted innovative vegetarian dishes with his signature southern artistic flare. Jason then redirected his creative energy back into painting, exploring and discovering his medium and style. It was at this time when he changed occupations to become a licensed plumber. Jason developed a ridged endurance and a keen eye for detail while working as a skilled craftsman which he would then apply to his developing painting techniques. As he is an artist and a skilled craftsman you can see a construction like quality in his work. Jason has regularly exhibited work at galleries and businesses around Athens. Jason moved back to Atlanta in 2010 and purchased a studio loft in the Castleberry Hills Art District in Atlanta. In this thriving art scene, he was able to produce and sell his work from his studio. It was there Jason met his partner Nell, and they have recently relocated to Belfast Maine with their son Hawthorne.