Log in to post comments Degree Seeking MFA Area of Study Studio Email firstname.lastname@example.org Undergraduate Institution University of North Carolina at Asheville Undergraduate Degree BFA Hometown Asheville, NC CV Jason Rafferty CV 05-20.pdf Research Detail I have always favored artists who have an eclectic body of work that displays many interests, and that is my aspiration as an artist. I wish to make work that is rooted in a rich historical foundation yet which speaks to the contemporary viewer. Lately I've become interested in melding the languages of representation and geometric abstraction using seemingly-haphazard compositions based on mundane motifs, such as turkeys in the front yard, or a neighbor's cat on our futon, as the foundation. Formal elements such as mark making, edge quality, texture and color composition are increasingly preoccupying me, even as I remain an incurable narrative artist. I'm also enjoying experimenting with digital image alteration and mixed-media drawing in addition to my much-beloved oil painting. My previous body of work portrayed contemporary mythological narrative figurative paintings where friends and acquaintances acted as gods and goddesses; the more recent work is a counterbalance to the complex theatrical staging and other-worldliness of that work - now I'd like to make work that inhabits this world and this moment a bit more, and which seeks humor and splendor from chance everyday occurrences. Biography Jason Rafferty received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina at Asheville in 2019 and is currently seeking an MFA degree at the University of Georgia. A recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, he has pursued classical training in drawing and oil painting in the US and France since 2010. His artwork has appeared on the Travel Channel and can be found in private collections across the US and internationally. Recent group exhibitions include "Rites of Passage" at Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio and Artfields 2020 in Lake City, SC.