A self-taught artist from Winona Lake, Indiana, Jason Rowland has been creating art all of his life but started showing his pop art style pieces professionally only a few years ago. In those years, he showed his work locally, nationally and internationally from Fort Wayne to New York to Italy and Spain.
Poppy and colorful, Jason Rowland’s pieces are made primarily with hand-drawn hand-cut multilayer stencils and spray paint on canvas, metal and wood. His method is similar to screen printing, but in a less traditional way. Rowland puts his heart and sou into his work, making pieces that he likes and would want on his walls. “Something that makes me smile and if someone else likes it and wants it in their home, that is just a bonus,” said Rowland. “I guess that comes off as kind of self-serving but I think making stuff for other people or to fit into a certain movement or scene is just going through the motions and not being sincere.”
Recently, Rowland has branched out to try his hand at more traditional, fine art; drawings and papercut pieces done in a somber tone. So where does he get his inspiration? Anything from grocery store shelves to his kids and his own childhood. “A lot comes from stuff I was into as a child; horror/sci-fi movies, comics, skateboarding, music and being outside. Just like every other 80′s kid I seem to be trying to collect and document all the things that made me happy at that time.”
Between having a full-time job, being a father and husband, and life in general, Rowland doesn’t always get the hours he wants to spend on a piece, but when he does, it’s genius. He works out of his home’s basement and has a studio set up in the dining room, which is made complete with the chaos of artwork, tool, materials, kids, dogs, toys and even a bearded dragon. ”I am constantly collecting flat stuff to paint on and then leave it sitting out where I can see it and just wait for inspiration to strike. Sometimes it takes a while…I have a very messy work area. I like a lot of noise while I work, when it gets calm and quiet, I get bored.”
This will be Rowland’s fourth year as an artist in ORANJE, with pieces ranging from $100-$500. “Every year has been great and very successful. I look forward to it and would still go even if I was not accepted, just because it is so much fun. I’m excited to show Indy what I have been working on since the last ORANJE. I have a ton of skate decks that I painted, papercuts, drawings and bunch of other surprises!”