ABOUT

PROLOG JASON ENGELBART

”In art there is the chance to bring faith, hope and sense into our world without following the traditional religious approaches. Art brings people consistently into contact with the being. It is a source of inspiration for the look inwards – for musing and for reflecting on one’s own perceptions and experiences. Art invigorates and enriches without demanding.“

ARTIST STATEMENT – WORK CYCLE „THE JOY OF BEING“

The source of my group of works „THE JOY OF BEING“ (2016 to today) can be found in the opulent works of Baroque painting from Giovanni Battista Tiepolo to Antoine Watteau to Jean-Honoré Fragonard. I am mainly fascinated by the playful use of light and colour, the flowing forms and the special expression of light and dark contrasts. On an emotional level, I am particularly touched by the religious and mythological scenes of the ceiling and wall paintings of this epoch of art.

Driven by my search for the perfect moment, the moment of perfect love, the divine, I trace these values especially in the works of sacred baroque painting. Using my characteristic digital painting technique, developed over the years, I abstract selected original works of this epoch by superimposing picture levels, blurring, overpainting and re-composing them. In the process, my very own flowing structures and pictorial rhythms emerge, while the original colour composition remains largely untouched. In sum, colour and form transform into a single aesthetic-abstract event that is experienced on a purely emotional level and independent of time and space as a holy moment.

The underlying historical works thus experience a current dimension of perception while at the same time creating the impression of a déjà-vu when contemplating my abstract neopaintings. Through this form of digitally painterly, abstract re-staging of the original, I build a finely balanced bridge to contemporary art without disenchanting.

ARTISTIC TECHNIQUE AND MATERIALS

Neopaintings – This designation for Jason Engelbart’s works stands for the topicality of his work in our digital age and is also his artistic program. Because since 2010 he works and experiments with the diverse digital tools of the computer. But despite their purely technical origins, Engelbart’s work does not appear to be overcooled technologically, but rather looks like artfully executed, extremely sensitive color compositions. This is the special magic of his so-called neopaintings. The transfer of the initially immaterial image to the material manifestation is done in the printing process on high-quality photographic material with subsequent framing on Alu-Dibond and final high-gloss sealing. The interplay of unconven-tional working methods and contemporary materials ensures the uniqueness in Jason Engelbart’s work. Each of his artworks is strictly limited to one original, personally signed and comes with a certificate of authenticity.

CURRICULUM VITAE

Jason Engelbart (born in 1960) is based in Hamburg, Germany. He received a degree in Graphic Design & Art in 1984 from the prestigious Hamburg Design & Art Academy ”ALSTERDAMM – SCHOOL OF VISUAL ARTS”.  After graduating he works as a creative director for the internationally renowned Hamburg designer Peter Schmidt for five years. During these years he acquires his own individual creative hand. In 1991 he opens the studio Jason Engelbart Design that five years later will merge with DIE BOTSCHAFT agency.

In 2010 there follows the separation from his agency DIE BOTSCHAFT. He leaves the commercial area of design to focus intensely on his personal artistic development. The foundation stone for his current work – the computer-based Neopaintings – is laid.Following are group and solo exhibitions and art projection shows.

In 2018, the first international breakthrough with his paticipation in the exhibition „ARTBOX PROJECT 1.0 NEW YORK“ during the ”ARMORY ART WEEKS – NEW YORK“, curated by the Artbox Gallery Switzerland.

Jason Engelbart lives and works in Hamburg . Germany

AWARDS:

2018  I  International Art Award  I  2nd Art Expo International Ingolstadt  I  Germany

2018  I  15th International PALM ART AWARD 2018

2018  I  KITZ ART AWARD 2018  I  Austria

EXHIBITION PREVIEW 2019:

2019  I  ART BASEL MIAMI BEACH – Presented by the Artbox Gallery Switzerland, Artbox Project Miami 2.0

2019  I  MULTIDIMENSIONALITY, Azaro Artspaces Hamburg. Germany 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

2019 – Group Exhibition CONTRARY CONNECTED, Azaro Art Spaces Gallery Hamburg . Germany

2019 – SWISS ART EXPO – Presented by the Artbox Gallery Switzerland ARTBOX PROJECT ZURICH 1.0

2018 – Group Exhibition BEYOND ART, Werkkunst Gallery . Hamburg . Germany

2018 – II. ART EXPO INTERNATIONAL, Ingolstadt . Germany

2018 – ARTBOX SCREEN SHOW, Artbox Gallery . Zurich . Switzerland

2018 – GALLERY MUSIC & ART, Werkkunst Gallery . Hamburg . Germany

2018 – EMOZIONI ASTRATTE, Galleria ArtTime . Italy

2018 – ARTBOX SCREEN SHOW, Artbox Gallery . Zurich . Switzerland

2018 – THE ARMORY ART WEEKS, NEW YORK 2018 – Presented by the Artbox Gallery Switzerland – the ”Artbox Project NY 1.0″

2014 – 8. KUNSTFRÜHLING BREMEN, Art Festival Bremen, represented by the Gallery SCHIMMING . Hamburg

1998 – LYRICAL MOMENTS, Montague Art Gallery, New York

SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

2017 – THE JOY OF BEING, Gallery Space L‘Etoile Properties – Hamburg

2014 – WITH LOVE FOR LIFE, Light Art Projection Show, Christ Church Hamburg

2013 – CROSS/OVER/FUSION, NeoPaintings, Art Festival, Hamburg Art Week

2012 – CUTTINGS, Paintings and Drawings, Showroom Axel Cramer, Stilwerk Hamburg

2011 – LYRICAL SENSATION, NeoPaintings, Law Office Mahlmann, Hamburg

ART COLLECTIONS / PURCHASES BY COMPANIES:

KANZLEI MAHLMANN, Hamburg, Germany

L’ETOILE PROPERTIES, Hamburg . Paris . London, International

FAMOS IMMOBILIEN GMBH, Hamburg . Korschenbroich, Germany

S.OLIVER GROUP, Würzburg, Germany

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