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Existential Ideas: Art by Jason Tawkin

An abstract diptych painted with bright colours and narrow brush marksHot Dog Dinner Party, mixed media on canvas

Jason Tawkin is a painter and printmaker who explores some big, existential ideas in his work. Working in a variety of print techniques, the artist has a unique style that draws on neutral, earthy colours and varied imagery.


A mono print of several layered images and spray paintKissed by Death, serigraphy, spray paint

Jason’s paintings seem heavily influenced by the American abstract expressionism of the 1950’s and 60’s, and artists like Jackson Pollock and Picasso. Though the works aren’t always completely abstract, I enjoy the way the artist blends a variety of gestural forms into a mysterious, sometimes indecipherable whole. The artist’s paint of choice is acrylic, though he occasionally incorporates mixed media elements into this work, such as latex or computer parts.


A screen capture of the front page of Jason Tawkin's


In his printmaking practice, Jason has an affinity for strong, monochromatic images, sometimes layered over top of one another to create a deep visual landscape. His intaglio and lithograph prints are generally monochromatic, and have a certain grungy, punk aesthetic to them in both style and subject matter. 


A serigraph print with bright purple and green tonesYou'll Never Know, serigraph

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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