Jason's work will be on view at our Grand Opening on August 3rd, 2018. See our events page for details.
I have always favored artists who have an eclectic body of work that displays many interests, and that is my aspiration as an artist. My subject matter includes landscape, figurative art, portraiture and still life. I work extensively from life observation as well as memory and imagination, often favoring an approach that combines the two to produce works that interweave realism and fantasy. My most recent artwork explores narrative mythic figurative painting set in dramatic landscapes. The history of drawing and painting is immensely important to me, particularly Baroque, Romantic and Symbolist artworks, and I wish to make work that is rooted in a rich historical foundation yet which speaks to the contemporary viewer. Craftsmanship is also extremely important, and I take pride in offering products that are prepared by hand, painted with the highest quality materials, and are made to last for generations.
Jason Rafferty is a painter, draftsman and printmaker based in Asheville, NC. A recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, he has pursued classical training in drawing and oil painting in the U.S. and France since 2010, studying at Studio Escalier in Paris, France; the Fine Arts League of the Carolinas; apprenticing with the landscape painter John Mac Kah, and attending UNC Asheville, where he is currently completing a BFA degree in painting. His artwork has been featured on the Travel Channel, and can be found in private collections across the US and internationally. Jason has exhibited regularly in group and solo exhibitions in the Southeast US since 2012. He was selected to be a featured emerging artist at Four Bridges Art Festival in Chattanooga, TN in 2017, and in 2016 was an invitee to the annually-juried Winter Show at Greenhill Art Center, a survey of the best artists in North Carolina.