Jason de Graaf (Artist)
Photo Realistic Paintings
My paintings are about staging an alternate reality, the illusion of verisimilitude on the painted surface, filtered so that it expresses my unique vision. Though my paintings may appear photoreal my goal is not to reproduce or document faithfully what I see one hundred percent, but also to create the illusion of depth and sense of presence not found in photographs. Many of my paintings are about the relationship of light with reflective and transparent surfaces and my journey to understand those qualities and convey my sense of wonder and intrigue over them. In all of my paintings the subject matter is a springboard and a means to explore my ability to communicate something unique to the viewer. I use colors and composition intuitively with the intent of imbuing my paintings with emotion, mood and mystery. Throughout, I try to remain open to new ideas as the painting unfolds
2010 Recent Works, Jacana Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2008 Recent Works, Jacana Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2010: Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto, with Galerie de Bellefeuille
2010 Art 2010 Summer Show, Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, QC.
2007 Affordable Art Fair, Amsterdam, with Plus One Gallery
ArtLondon, with Plus One Gallery
2006 Summer Show, Plus One Gallery, London, UK
Group Realist Exhibition, Jacana Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2010 Feature article, Poets & Artists Magazine, August issue.
2010 Acrylic Innovation, North Light Books, Nancy Reyner
2010 Arte Y Libertad V, Artelibre, Jose Enrique Gonzalez Rodriguez
2008 Preview The Gallery Guide, September issue.
Artist Jason de Graaf’s Website
Article by James Day
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