Seife’s paintings are meticulously crafted simulacrums of his oscillating mental states; different colors correlate to the different moods of the artist as he undertakes the therapeutic process of weaving his emotional state into an encoded tapestry. Seife was inspired by both his own Middle Eastern heritage and around the notion that we can reinvent the past using modern day materials and compositions, allowing the excellence of an old craft to be admired by a younger generation.
In his newest body of work Jason references old persian carpets, an art form that in modern times is often taken for granted. Reviving these old weavings by tediously painting them on canvas in colors and mediums that were not normally used in their origin. Jason presents the pieces in a new and exciting way. The creation of these works is both a therapeutic and a spiritual process, being able to channel his obsession with detail into the intricate geometry and compositions of the carpets allows Jason to find himself working hours on end without lifting his brush. What initially drew him to these works was not only the aesthetic but the dense history and meaning behind the imagery. The way the weavers were able to link each rug's particular pattern, palette, and style with a specific and identifiable geographic area or nomadic tribe really stood out to him. Jason aims to mirror this practice with his take on the carpets by having each color and pattern specifically correlate to what state of mind and emotion he was in while creating the specific work. allowing him to be able to look back and see a chronological timeline of both his mental and emotional state embedded in to the paintings. Essentially creating a language through shape and color that is hidden in plain view.
Acrylic and Oil on canvas
182.9 x 121.9 cm
About the Artist
Jason Seife lives and works out of Miami Florida. Despite being accepted to some of the most prestigious art schools in America, Jason opted for a more hands on approach and dove straight into the art world. Paving his way though graphic design Jason, has worked with some of the largest names in the music business including Kanye West, Pharrell Wiliams, Big Sean and Nicki Minaj, designing everything from album artwork to jewelry and merchandise. Refusing to be limited to one form of Art, Jason's true passion lies in painting. His work is loosely based off reinventing the past by using modern day materials and compositions to change the way the viewer experiences a once overlooked piece of art.
Jason has had successful shows both domestically and internationally and was recently featured in a special project with The Bronx and Brooklyn Museum where his work was projected on the facade of both museums at a larger than life scale. Learn more at jason-seife.com.