Forty years ago, a young boy watched his Native American grandmother design, assemble and sew his family’s quilts. Today, contemporary Perceptual artist, Jason Wilson, influenced by his grandmother’s quilts, gives new life to old concepts.
To produce Perceptual Art, the artist must: conceive; mathematically calculate; plot; draw; and finally paint his design on canvas. Jason says his designs are about building the painting as much as painting the painting…involving hours of construction. To this end, Wilson developed his own special acrylic paint formula to hand paint his canvas. The result is a technically perfect, remarkably flawless finished canvas.
Perceptual Art asks its audience to visually or emotionally interact with the design. Some Perceptual Art appears to shimmer and shift while other designs may, for example, provide a sense of serenity and grace. By bringing his designs to life, Jason Wilson hopes to delight and inspire others.
My name is Jason Wilson. I started creating art early in my life with the influence of my mother to guide me. Early on, I mostly drew with some color supplied by crayons or colored-pencils. In High School, my Art Teacher introduced me to painting (a task I was not really excited about doing at the time). My first painting was completed my junior year and it took 1st Place at the Tulsa State Fair in my age bracket.
After graduating from Hartshorne High School in Hartshorne, Oklahoma in 1983, I entered college at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Oklahoma. After my first year at OBU, I decided to major in Art Education with a minor in religion. I later graduated OBU with my Art Education Degree and then went on to finish my second degree from OBU in Religion.
While attending OBU, I was introduced to Senator Kelly Haney. Senator "Enoch" Kelly Haney was and still is a well-known Native American artist. I worked part time for Kelly Haney my junior and senior year in college. Mr. Haney was a true inspiration as a dedicated artist. After completing my degree at OBU, I was hired as the high school art teacher for Seminole High School. I taught for 16 years at Seminole High School and I now teach at Hartshorne High School in Hartshorne, Oklahoma. I recently retired after teaching art for 31 years in the state of Oklahoma.
I enjoy working with color by using acrylic paint. I consider myself a color specialist (self-proclaimed, I might add). I love "tricking" the eye and creating color illusions inspired by quilts and the patterns found around me.