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About Me

Hi World!

I'M Jason Amatangelo

The artist behind JayArt23

My Work

I'm an artist based in Erie, PA, who makes art that doesn't seem to be really what's there.  So no, I'm not trying to be a philosophical artist.  I mean literally.  I love to make illusions that make people question what's happening inside the shadowbox frame.  I classify myself as a hybrid sculptor/painter.  It may be hard to see on your monitor, but each piece is a low relief build-up of many layers.  That's why you see many different angle views.  Some may have over 25 layers laminated together.    

These layers work together to give a platform for each geometric shape and the overall three-dimensional illusion.  I like to call it Analog 3-D.  No wires or plugs are needed!  Instead, the ambient light in the room does this.  One of the unique things about my art is how it changes throughout the day.  Morning light will give a different look compared to the lighting at night.  I'm a personal fan of seeing it in the evening or low light.    

The actual image on top of all these layers is the part I'm constantly experimenting with, always trying new media.  This can be as traditional as a painting, drawing, or may include a photograph, vintage print, screen printed paper, wood veneer, gold leaf, money (yes, actual paper money!), or any combination of these elements.  New ideas and inspiration keep pushing what can be done with my work style.

I'm a gallery-represented artist and have shown my work worldwide, including solo shows, group shows, and Art Fairs.  In addition, I have been fortunate to have my work as part of many private, corporate collections worldwide.   I have also worked with some brands you may know.  Some of these include Ohio State University, Erie Insurance, Kroger, Hilton, to name a few.  I hope my work inspires you as much as it inspires me.  One of my favorite things is when my work finds a good home that can add someone's day every time they see it.

History

Art has always been a big part of me and probably always will.  I'm the kid who would be running around with a notebook under his arm as far back as I can remember.  I spent a lot of time doing illustrative work and even had some of my comic book work published by Marvel.  In addition, I attended school majoring in Animation and Applied Media Arts.  I also worked in photorealism during this time, mainly using an airbrush. 

In the early 2000's I moved away to Columbus, OH, and started hanging out with many artists.  They began to push me to work in a different direction.  They were all abstract painters and installation artists.  The progression of my work started as a collage of illustrations, and that turned into more geometric forms.  That's when I began to make Geometric Abstract art.  I dove deep into this newfound love.  Studied the works of Frank Stella, Josef Aibers, Al Held, and Maxime Defert, to name a few.  Seeing what possibilities you can do and how much I can make a 2-D image look 3-D.  While I was drawing and painting in this new work style, I kept feeling something was missing.  It needs more.  That's when I started to cut apart my paintings and reassemble them over foam core boards.  This was the kick-off of what you see today.  I've turned into a materials expert to find suitable materials that will be archival yet hidden to make the illusion.  My process is ever-growing and becoming more complex.  Hit this link to learn more about my process.  (Link) My art style has been changing since I can remember, and I feel it will keep evolving during my time.

Me now

I live on the shores of Lake Erie with my Wife and three kids.  Living up here in the North, we get heavy winters and warm summers.  We all spend time in the water, either going to the beach or spending the day sailing Lake Erie.  I love to spend time in my studio with the kids trying new things and seeing what we can make.  Each kid has a spot in the studio to work on paintings, sculpting with clay, or making slime. 

My art business has been designated as a "Trusted Art Seller" with The Art Storefronts Organization, which means you can shop with confidence, and know that I stand behind the quality and value of my products.


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