Have you met…Jason Stopa?

An introduction can be a wonderful thing. You can meet interesting people, and make new friends. You can be introduced to your new favorite foods, books, music, or artist.

I’d like to introduce you to some of my favorite artists. Some of whom I’ve been familiar with for years, and others I’ve only recently been introduced to.

The artist I’d like to introduce is the painter, writer, and curator Jason Stopa.

Watermelon with KB, 2013

Watermelon with KB, oil on canvas,2013


Jason Stopa, b. 1983.  is a painter in New York.  Recent exhibits include Silhouette at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, NY, About Space at ArtBridge Drawing Room, NY, and The Triumph of Human Painting at Bull & Ram Gallery, Bushwick.  Stopa received a BFA from Indiana University and and MFA from Pratt Institute. He is a contributor to Art In America, The Brooklyn Rail and Whitewall Magazine.  His work has been reviewed in Interview Magazine, ArtInfo and New American Paintings.


The Day, 2013. Oil and spray paint on canvas.

The Day, 2013. Oil and spray paint on canvas.

“My multi-media paintings hover between representation and abstraction. I use a variety of mediums to create surface tension between an image and the physical sensation of materials. I’ve been working in 3 series lately. They’re titled Joggie, Brooklyn Zoo and Basement Arcade. Joggie was an imaginary friend I had when I was 6 who lived on Jupiter. In part, these works try to capture a daydream quality. Brooklyn Zoo is a series of paintings that reference growing up on the East Coast in an urban setting. And Basement Arcade is a way for me to explore patterns in early video game screens. All 3 series mine childhood for subject matter and bear similar paint handling.” JS

Joggie (Black Rainbow), 2012. Oil, spray paint and glitter on canvas.

Joggie (Black Rainbow), 2012. Oil, spray paint and glitter on canvas.

Other material relating to Jason Stopa:

Interview Magazine: The Drawing Room Is off The Wall.

BLOUIN ARTINFO: One-Line Reviews.

Youtube: The Triumph of Human Painting.

Artist website: Jason Stopa.

Artists Studios: Jason Stopa.

Curating Contemporary: Jason Stopa.

About Space: Jason Stopa.

ArtSlant: Jason Stopa.

Whitehot Magazine: Jason Stopa.

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