Jason Craighead

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About the artist
Jason Craighead is considered one of the leading abstract expressionists in the Southeast. He describes his work as a “purely intuitive process as I’m acting and responding to what appears on the canvas. Each step leads to another. There’s an on-going dialogue – or argument – between my work and me. It’s very improvisational, and my focus is always on the process itself.”

In his current work he continues his affinity for layering acrylic paint, pencil, pastel, and graphite to create spontaneous abstract compositions, with a base layer of long drips providing depth and direction.

Jason prefers to work in a medium to large scale because “painting is a physical activity as much as it is a mental activity,” he says. And he finds his inspiration in the “large vision that is constantly in my mind. Each piece is only a small part of this greater vision—of a whole body of work. I’m going to push it and change it a little every time, but each painting sets me up to do another.”

Craighead’s work has been included in solo and group exhibitions throughout the Southeastern United States. He has received numerous awards and served as a juror for various art shows. He has been selected as Signature Artist for charitable art auctions, and his work has been featured in a number of publications, including Artists & Art Galleries of the Southeast (July 2006).

Jason enjoys a strong patron base that includes large corporations and private collectors, as well as former U.S. Senator John Edwards.

A Raleigh, NC, resident, Jason Craighead grew up in Florida where he studied art at Gulf Coast Community College and Florida State University.