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Jason Rafferty is a painter, draftsman and printmaker based in Asheville, NC. A recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, he has pursued classical training in drawing and oil painting in the U.S. and France since 2010, studying at Studio Escalier in Paris, France; the Fine Arts League of the Carolinas; apprenticing with the landscape painter John Mac Kah, and attending UNC Asheville, where he is currently completing a BFA degree in painting. His artwork has been featured on the Travel Channel, and can be found in private collections across the US and internationally.
Jason has exhibited regularly in group and solo exhibitions in the Southeast US since 2012. He was selected to be a featured emerging artist at Four Bridges Art Festival in Chattanooga, TN in 2017, and in 2016 was an invitee to the annually-juried Winter Show at Greenhill Art Center, a survey of the best artists in North Carolina.
I have always favored artists who have an eclectic body of work that displays many interests, and that is my aspiration as an artist. My subject matter includes landscape, figurative art, portraiture and still life. I work extensively from life observation as well as memory and imagination, often favoring an approach that combines the two to produce works that interweave realism and fantasy. My most recent artwork explores narrative mythic figurative painting set in dramatic landscapes. The history of drawing and painting is immensely important to me, particularly Baroque, Romantic and Symbolist artworks, and I wish to make work that is rooted in a rich historical foundation yet which speaks to the contemporary viewer. Craftsmanship is also extremely important, and I take pride in offering products that are prepared by hand, painted with the highest quality materials, and are made to last for generations.
Present: BFA, UNC Asheville, Art program, Drawing & Painting. 2009-2011, 2016-present
Present: Association / Apprenticeship with professional landscape painter John Mac Kah, Riverview Station, 191 Lyman St., Asheville, NC. 2012-present.
Present: Copying and intensive study at numerous museums in US & Europe after various masters. 2008-present
2012 - 2015: Study of figure drawing and painting at Studio Escalier. Winter at the Louvre 2012, Paris, Fr. (8 weeks), Summer Intensive 2013, Argenton-les-Vallées, Fr. (12 weeks), Summer Intensive 2014, Argenton-les-Vallées, Fr. (12 weeks), Spring in Paris 2 Figure Drawing 2015, Paris, Fr. (4 weeks).
2012 Workshop studies with professional artists Nicholas Raynolds, Rebecca King and Ben Long IV in Asheville, NC.
2009 - 2012: Fine Arts League of the Carolinas, classical approaches to drawing.
Awards / Grants
2014: Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant
2014: Waterway Fellowship for Artistic Merit
2013: Waterway Fellowship for Artistic Merit
2017 Four Bridges Art Festival, Chattanooga, TN, April 20-22, 2017. Featured Emerging Artist Award.
2017 Group exhibition, 50h Annual Juried Student Exhibit, UNC Asheville, Feb. 24th - March 28th, 2017.
2017 Group Exhibition, Nonprofit Benefit: River Link “Of Time and the River: Artists Interpret the French Broad”, Asheville, NC, October 21-23rd, 2017. (Accepted to exhibit by jury / invitation.)
2016 Group Exhibition, Greenhill Art Center “Winter Show”, Dec. 4 - Jan. 13th, 2017. Greensboro, NC. Invitational Statewide Exhibit of North Carolina Artists
2016 Group Exhibition, Nonprofit Benefit: River Link “Of Time and the River: Artists Interpret the French Broad”, Asheville, NC, October 21-23rd, 2016. (Accepted to exhibit by jury / invitation.)
2016-2015 Group Exhibition, Windsor Boutique Hotel, Asheville, NC. Jan. 5th - Ongoing
2015 Group Exhibition, Nonprofit Benefit: River Link “Of Time and the River: Artists Interpret the French Broad”, Asheville, NC, Sept. 30th & October 15-18th, 2015. (Accepted to exhibit by jury / invitation.)
2015 Group Exhibition, The Shop at Greenhill, Greensboro, NC. Nov. 19th, 2015 - January 2016.
2015 Group Exhibition, Alchemy Fine Art Gallery, Asheville, NC, May 24- June 26th.
2015 Group Exhibition, Nonprofit Benefit: Pisgah Legal “Art for Justice”, Asheville, NC, May 14th, 2015.
2014 Solo Exhibition, “Art of Jason Rafferty: Second Solo Exhibition”, Metro Wines, Asheville, NC. November 1, 2014 - January 2, 2015
2014 Group Exhibition, Chestnut, Craft Food & Cocktails, Asheville, NC
January 5th, 2014 - present (ongoing exhibit)
2014 Group Exhibition, “Of Time & The River: 15 Artists Interpret the French Broad River”
Thursday, October 23rd, 6-9pm. Sol's Reprieve, Asheville, NC. (Accepted to exhibit by jury / invitation.)
2014 Group Exhibition, Old Europe Cafe, Asheville, NC 2012 - December 2014 (ongoing exhibit)
2014 Group Exhibition, “Twitter Art Exhibit: Orlando”, City Arts Factory, Orlando, Fl., March - April 2014
2014 Group Exhibition, “Longbranch Studios 14th Anniversary exhibition - featuring John Mac Kah, Alisa Lumbreras, & Jason Rafferty”, Asheville, NC March 2014
2014 Group Exhibition, “Portrait Drawings & Paintings” Alchemy Fine Art Gallery, Asheville, NC, February 2014
2013 Group Exhibition, “Western Arts Agencies of North Carolina Traveling Exhibit”, Asheville Area Arts Council, Asheville, NC April - November 2013.
2013 Group Exhibition, Updraft Gallery, Asheville, NC March - May 2013
2012 Solo Exhibition, “Art of Jason Rafferty: Two Dispositions”, Izzy’s Coffee Den, Asheville, NC. July 2012
2011 Group Exhibition, “Annual Art Front Members Exhibition”, Highsmith University Gallery, Asheville, NC
2011 Group Exhibition, “UNCA 44th Annual Juried Student Exhibition”, S. Tucker Cooke Gallery, Asheville, NC; Kate Silvio, Juror
2011 Group Exhibition, “Norfolk Cultural Council’s January Art Exhibition”. Norfolk Public Library Gallery, Norfolk, MA
Artworks in Notable Private Collections:
Nonprofit Fundraisers / Donations:
Open Doors of Asheville, “Art Affair”, 2014- 16, 2018. 2016 & 2018: Live Auction.
Quickdraw Waynesville, benefitting local art programs - 2016.
“Of Time & The River”, Benefitting River Link, Asheville. 2014-17.
Wildlife Association benefit - Asheville - 2016.
Asheville Art in the Park - 2010-2016.
Western North Carolina Aids Project, “Raise Your Hand”, 2015.
Pisgah Legal Associates - “Art For Justice”, 2015.
2017 - The Current, affiliated with Atlantis Creative Arts Magazine, UNC Wilmington
2017 - Headwaters Creative Arts Magazine, UNC Asheville
2016 - Asheville Citizen Times, October 25, 2016, “Buncombe Officials Seek Public Input on Courthouse Art”.
2016 - Asheville Citizen Times, October 17, 2016, “Celebrate Arts & the River at Zelandia Castle”.
2016 - Asheville Citizen Times - March 24, 2016, “Local Artists’ Artwork Stolen from Riverview Station Studios”.
2016 Capital at Play - Feb. 21, 2016, “Malt on a Mission”, Magazine cover, feature article p. 8.
2014 - Mountain Xpress, October 9, 2014, “Open air art exhibit with French Broad River theme to benefit RiverLink”
July 2012 - Rapid River Arts & Culture Magazine, Vol. 15, No. 11,
“Fine Art - Interview with Jason Rafferty”
2011 - Headwaters Creative Arts Magazine, UNC Asheville
2011 - The Country Gazette, January 14, 2011. “Art at the Norfolk Library: Jason Rafferty, Rick Tedoldi, Bill Robinsion”
2010 - Metabolism Art & Culture Review, UNC Asheville, Vol. 5, Issue 4.
Radio / Video / TV
2017 - “Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri”, contracted for prop artworks for film, 5/12/2016.
2016 - WLOS News 13 - “Buncombe County Commissioners Restart Planning for Public Art Project”, Interview with Jason Rafferty, November 1st, 2016. http://wlos.com/news/local/commissioners-restart-buncombe-county-courthouse-public-art-project
2016 - The Dead Files - sketch artist - Travel Channel. Aired 8/13/2016
2016 - 1 Hour Interview at WPVM 103.7 - “Asheville & The Arts”, May 12, 2016.
2016 - WLOS News 13 - “Artwork Stolen from River Arts District Studio”, March 23, 2016.
2014 - Interview at “Of Time & the River” exhibit, WPVM Radio, Asheville, NC, Nov. 7th, 2014.
2011 - Garza, Jonathan, Collective Perspectives. Interview at “The Garage at Biltmore” Asheville, NC. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WrBBJSYWW-s
2016 - WLOS News 13, November 1st, 2016. - “Buncombe County Commissioners Restart Planning for Public Art Project”, Interview with Jason Rafferty. http://wlos.com/news/local/commissioners-restart-buncombe-county-courthouse-public-art-project
2016 - Asheville Citizen Times, October 25, 2016, ““Buncombe Officials Seek Public Input on Courthouse Art”. http://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2016/10/25/buncombe-officials-seek-public-input-choosing-art/92720570/?platform=hootsuite
2016 - Asheville Citizen Times, October 17, 2016, “Celebrate Arts & the River at Zelandia Castle” http://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2016/10/17/celebrate-arts-and-river-zealandia-castle/92055756/
2016 - WLOS News 13, March 23rd, 2016. - “Artwork Stolen from Several Studios in the River Arts District”, Interview with Jason Rafferty. http://wlos.com/news/local/commissioners-restart-buncombe-county-courthouse-public-art-project http://wlos.com/news/local/artwork-stolen-from-several-rad-studios
2015 - McReynolds, Kay, “Local Artist Jason Rafferty gives back to the community he muses on” Mountain Xpress Blog, 03/12/2015 http://mountainx.com/arts/local-artist-jason-rafferty-gives-back-to-the-community-he-muses-on/
2015 - Basalo, Philip, “How to Collaborate with Nonprofits to Increase Art Sales”, written by Jason Rafferty. The Abundant Artist, 03/11/2015. http://theabundantartist.com/collaborate-nonprofits-increase-art-sales/
2015 - Higgins, Lauryn, “10 Questions with Local Artists Jason Rafferty & Sally Garner” Asheville Grit, 02/12/2015 ashevillegrit.com/10-questions-local-artists-jason-rafferty-sally-garner
2014 - Trippi, Gina, “Jason Rafferty” Art Space: Metro Wines Blog, 10/09/2014 https://www.metrowinesasheville.com/blog/entry/jason-rafferty
2014 - Poirier, Alexander, “Pencil Artist of the Week: Jason Rafferty” The PENCILS Blog, 02/11/2014 http://pencils.com/pencil-artist-jason-rafferty/
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