21 Under 31: Young Artists to Watch in 2016 | Jason Kowalski


Jason Kowalski, Faded Glory, oil, 24 x 42.

Jason Kowalski, Faded Glory, oil, 24 x 42.

Art Education: Bachelor of fine arts from Laguna College of Art + Design in Laguna Beach, CA.

Style: Contemporary representational landscapes with mixed-media elements.

Creative Spark: I think most clearly after I have a strong brew coffee from our local coffee shop. Serranos Coffee Company is a short drive into town past a beautiful horse ranch, open fields, and purple mountain horizons. That short drive and a jolt of morning java jumpstart my creativity. Often I’m able to map out a new painting in my head on the drive home.

Second-Choice Career: Musician.

Other Passions: Adventuring with my wife and young sons, impromptu basketball games
and golf rounds with good friends, and fishing.

One Thing People Don’t Know About You: I know more Seinfeld trivia than the average person probably should.

Biggest Fear: That my toddler will ram his trike into one of my finished paintings.

Quirkiest Trait: I can’t sit still. I’m constantly in motion.

Favorite Studio Music: I listen to everything from country music, with its definitive voices like Hank Williams and Steve Earle, to poetic folk beats from rising bands like Bon Iver, my hometown rock stars.

Future Goals: I’d love to purchase a piece of land in the mountains away from the hustle of the Front Range. It would be awesome to have a second studio space with vast wilderness inspiration out the front door.

Price Range: $1,000 to $20,000.

Representation: J. Willott Gallery, Palm Desert, CA; Sue Greenwood Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA; Abend Gallery, Denver, CO; Groveland Gallery, Minneapolis, MN.

Featured in the August 2016 issue of Southwest Art magazine. Get the Southwest Art August 2016 print issue or digital download now–then subscribe to Southwest Art and never miss another story.

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