When I think of what drives my art and desire to create it I feel, like most things in life, it has evolved over time and continues to change as I continue to experience more. As I approach midlife, I take more time to reflect on what I have achieved and what I still desire to do. Then I self-analyze my drive for why. The answer I usually come back to is that creating art is all I have ever known and wanted to do. It is my form of communication and the vehicle for sharing what I have learned. The messages have always varied from comedic to serious, aesthetic pattern to political commentary. Relating to one another through the universal language of imagery is, and has always been, the easiest way we communicate with each other. It is in our blood to relate, in particular, to the human form. The characters that I draw and paint reflect the behaviors of society. Murals, for their part as public artworks and therefore devoid of institutional ‘norms’, are the best way to share information and stories to the masses. Overall, I have gotten to live a dream of constant creation while endlessly critiquing our world and what drives it to be the place that it is. I feel blessed to be a professional artist. I know not many people get to achieve that in life, so I pay respect to that by putting everything I am into my craft.
Jason Harrington was born and raised throughout the suburbs of Kansas City and attended Johnson County Community College as well as the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he studied painting and film. While he made the city of Chicago his home for nearly a decade and produced much work there, including many short films, he decided to return to KC and ended up in the Crossroads Arts District. This move to the East Crossroads influenced his artistic career from that point on. Harrington became one of the main cultivators of, and painters in, the Art Alley (located between Locust and Cherry on 18th St). From this foundation, he has built his painting career and has honed his strong ability to organize others. In the summer of 2017, Harrington and his wife created and managed the SolaNoir Street Art Festival from start to finish. This festival has helped turn the Crossroads into one of the biggest and fastest growing mural parks in the country. Harrington’s work is strongly focused on telling narratives that promote identifiability through relatable characters and by dominating a colorful composition through vibrant expansion.
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