Jason Dussault’s work centers around one philosophy: Art is reinvention. That’s why, every two years, he creates an all-new collection that defies past trends and serves as a foil to his existing anthology. In pursuit of this reinvention, Dussault gains inspiration from the unfamiliar landscape and novel culture of a different country for each collection.
Inspired by the country’s culture, history, natural beauty, and unique materials, Dussault forces artistic growth by immersing himself in unfamiliar settings and attempting to adapt to new art forms. He challenges himself to honour local histories using locally sourced materials. It’s this kind of intrepid artistic tourism that defines Dussault’s upcoming collection, “Tranquilo: A Tribute to Gaudí”, created in Ibiza, Spain.
Dussault created the first three pieces in the Tranquilo collection in the summer of 2016 while living on an orchard in Santa Eulalia in Ibiza. These initial creations were previewed in historic Mayfair, London, upon completion. The full collection will be exhibited in London in autumn of 2017.
Each piece is made from Spanish ceramic that was acquired during Dussault’s adventures on Ibiza. Wine bottles traded for ceramics in local bazaars, fabrics purchased at the San Jordi flea market, vintage frames uncovered at estate sales – every piece of material has a history of its own. The process of creation begins with the reclaimed ceramics. Dussault breaks the ceramics apart to create the figures, then tears up recycled fabric that is then bleached, painted, and crystallized to create the sky, clouds, and earth. Finally, Dussault cuts the vintage frames to create a patchwork-style enclosure.
The collection tells a lesser-known tale about the exotic island mostly known as the mecca of the digital music industry – a tale of a simpler time, when live and let live meant something. Dussault takes his inspiration from Ibizan mythology, where the island’s mystical spirit informs fantastic legends. The island itself is home to a variety of objects and places that are said to trace back to these old tales. From the busts of the goddess Tanit, protectress of Ibiza, to the city of Atlantis and the island of Es Vedra, Ibiza’s ancient lore occupies every cove and every coast. In ancient times, it was believed that Ibiza was a magic island, blessed by the gods, and that the red soil and pristine waters held magnetic energy. The area’s culture and landscape has drawn free-thinkers, artists, and hippies ever since 1960, when Ibiza became a bastion of uncensored expression and creative thought. The island still maintains that reputation to this day, and artists like Jason still flock to the area for inspiration, for materials, and to experience the magic of the island firsthand.
Jason’s Tranquilo collection is a complete departure from his prior work as seen at the Horele Guggenheim Gallery in NYC. He believes that the spirit and energy of Ibiza will radiate from these works and spread its unique magic wherever the art may travel.
Maddox Gallery is pleased to announce Modern Masters, a group exhibition featuring works by many of Maddox Gallery’s most successful roster artists, plus new recently signed talent. Among the new work on display is exciting and unseen artworks by Jason Dussault and pieces from Italian artist Simafra.
Canadian artist, Jason Dussault, previously known for his fashion brand Deuce Custom Ink / Dussault Apparel and working relationship with Gene Simmons on the Kiss musician’s own clothing line, made the shift from Fashion to Fine Art and hasn’t looked back since. He has enjoyed great success as an emerging artist and his work is coveted by a range of celebrities and art collector’s alike. Dussault has also taken part in a number of exhibitions including an exhibition at the acclaimed, Hoerle-Guggenheim Gallery, alongside internationally renowned artists and icons from Picasso, to Dali and Warhol. Dussault’s works explore the ancient use of mosaic tiling in his work, the artist often uses ‘diamond dust’ glitter in the grouting of his pieces, to create more of an unusual finish.
“His pieces are especially stunning in person, where you can investigate his trademark process and style, while also picking up details like the glints of diamond dust in the grout, the glossiness of the tile and the amazing texture throughout the piece,” -Canadian gallery Director, Katsumi Kimoto.
Appropriation has been defined as “the taking over, into a work of art, of a real object or even an existing work of art”. The practice can be traced back to Dadaism and Cubism, continuing into 1940’s surrealism and post war pop art, to the present where it is more widespread than ever before. In a time where appropriation in art is commonplace, it is sometimes scorned and often the cause of legal disputes. “Misappropriation” presents four artists who definitively demonstrate how appropriation in the 21st century can be innovative, clever and thought provoking.
Does art imitate life or vice versa? One truth is that art is a reflection of ego, a mirror that projects one's creative process onto the world. Throughout history, whether etched by the hand of an individual or by the hands of many, art tells personal or collective stories. Those seeking to express emotion they hope that another recognizes their voice and conjoins with recognition. Others might deny their creation to be forged for anything but thought provocation, yet, the understanding of struggle is the opposite of denial. Hence, we are left with the core, self-awareness, and what better medium than the self-portrait to engage ego, pride, fear and doubt? Once these contradictions take center stage we truly position ourselves in defence of our vulnerability.
Jason Dussault has tackled this ancient set of complexities by putting his triumphs and shortcomings on display. In this new project, Self–Centered, the artist brings all his dynamic emotions to a focal point that orbits around self. Jason began this series of works by looking inward first and by addressing the demons that ride on the shoulders of his creativity. He realized that time, consideration, and thoughtfulness are all subject to the driving force of artistic output and they all suffer for it at some point.
By etching quotes and phrases into aluminium using a knife, one of the most rudimentary tools of expression, Jason uses language to inspire his latest instalment of mosaic pieces. Beginning with powerful scripture, he then applies the fractured ceramics around the carefully set letters, all the while leaving a void space for self-reflection.
Jason Dussault, lives and works between New York and his hometown Vancouver. Jason has re-envisioned one of the most primitive yet connected mediums in art history, the mosaic.
Coburn Projects collaborates and works with major art collections, artists, galleries and corporate brands, seeking to bring to fruition contemporary art related endeavors on a global scale. Coburn Projects develops and manages the entire project successfully producing high quality presentations and exhibitions.
Vancouver, BC | Kimoto Gallery group exhibition. “WINTER WONDERWALLS” Vancouver Saturday, December 12th from 2 – 4 pm during the South Granville Galleries’ “Deck the Walls” Art Walk. The exhibition continued until January 16th, 2016.
For Winter WonderWalls, Jason Dussault unveiled a new piece featuring Canada’s 23rd Prime Minister, the recently elected Justin Trudeau.
“Jason Dussault’s works are fascinating and captivating on many levels. His contemporary mosaic masterpieces, continue a 4000 year old long tradition, and offer a fresh perspective of some of our favorite popular characters and icons, both from past and present. His pieces are especially stunning in person, where you can investigate his trademark process and style, while also picking up details like the glints of diamond dust in the grout, the glossiness of the tile and the amazing texture throughout the piece. An image seen online of Jason’s work is only a small preview of what is truly in store for the experience his artwork brings the viewer.” – Katsumi Kimoto, Gallery Director.
Amidst tremendous support from the City of Miami Beach, SCOPE celebrates its 15th anniversary edition with 120 international exhibitors from 22 countries and 57 cities. With many well-established galleries upgrading to larger booths, SCOPE Miami Beach will debut a more spacious pavilion to showcase a robust VIP program featuring three curated sections: Juxtapoz Presents, the Breeder Program, and FEATURE.
With unprecedented outpouring of critical acclaim from press, curators and collectors, and a digital and social media outreach campaign garnering over 300 million impressions, SCOPE Miami Beach’s monumental pavilion will once again be situated on historic Ocean Drive to welcome 45,000 visitors over the course of 6 days.
In the Wynwood district, across from Wynwood Walls, X Contemporary’s 28,000 square foot art fair will feature a selection of major exhibitions and over 27 exhibitors from the US, Europe and South America.
The art fair emphasized a cross-generational conversation in specially curated projects that add depth to the fair’s exhibitions, while considering the art historic importance of the trends and cultural influences impacting artists today.
Jason Exhibited three works here.
Presented by the Hoerle-Guggenheim and hosted by Duane McLaughlin & Amber Ridinger-McLaughlin
Even super heroes need a little time off to enjoy the classic American summer vacation. Off Duty is Jason Dussault’s latest body of work, a series of mosaic surfboard sculptures depicting super-heroes and comic book characters in various tongue-in-cheek “Off Duty” scenarios; Superwoman playing beach volleyball, Wolverine BBQing, Cat Woman partying and Spiderman water skiing, to name a few. Off Duty is whimsical reminder that even though we all mature into adulthood, we should never lose the connection with the innocence of our inner child. Dussault created the sculptures in Montauk during his month-long Artist Residency at Ruschmeyer’s. Each of the characters where assembled with broken glazed clay on vintage surfboards sourced from Montauk. Montauk was the perfect place to create and display these playful characters on a tool that represents one of the most iconic American summer destinations.
Utopia II, Chelsea Pier 60, New York, NY
Group Show Celebrating over 50 years of history of the rolling Stones at The Edition hotel featuring Artists Ronnie Wood, Russell Young, Jason Dussault, Ian Write and Jummping Bull.
In August 1969, the massive, three-day Woodstock Music & Art Fair had proved that hundreds of thousands of young people could gather peacefully even in a seemingly chaotic environment rich with sex, drugs and rock and roll. Four months later, it would become clear that Woodstock owed its success not to the inherent peacefulness of the 1960s youth culture, but to the organizational acumen of the event's producers. That idea was proven in the violent, uncontrolled chaos of the disastrous Altamont Speedway Free Festival, held on this day in 1969 in the northern California hills 60 miles east of San Francisco.
Altamont was the brainchild of the Rolling Stones, who hoped to cap off their U.S. tour in late 1969 with a concert that would be the West Coast equivalent of Woodstock, in both scale and spirit. Unlike Woodstock, however, which was the result of months of careful planning by a team of well-funded organizers, Altamont was a largely improvised affair that did not even have a definite venue arranged just days before the event. It was only on Thursday, December 4, 1969, that organizers settled on the Altamont Speedway location for a free concert that was by then scheduled to include Santana; the Jefferson Airplane; Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young; and the Grateful Dead, all in support of the headlining Stones. The event would also include, infamously, several dozen members the Hells Angels motorcycle gang acting as informal security staff in exchange for $500 worth of beer as a “gratuity.”
It was dark by the time the concert’s next-to-last act, the Grateful Dead, was scheduled to appear. But the Dead had left the venue entirely out of concern for their safety when they learned that Jefferson Airplane singer Marty Balin had been knocked unconscious by one of the Hells Angels in a melee during his band’s performance. It was during the Rolling Stones’ set, however, that a 21-year-old Hells Angel named Alan Passaro stabbed a gun-wielding 18-year-old named Meredith Hunter to death just 20 feet in front of the stage where Mick Jagger was performing “Under My Thumb.” Unaware of what had just occurred, the Rolling Stones completed their set without further incident, bringing an end to a tumultuous day that also saw three accidental deaths and four live births. This event has always intrigued me and I have finally encased my vision of that moment of chaos in ceramic grout and diamond dust mounted on aluminum.
Allouche Gallery presents the Americana Art Festival at Allouche Gallery East Hampton. The exhibition features works that embody American pop culture and iconography by inciting independence, pride, hope, accomplishment and victory, as well as humor, anti-establishment and rebellion. But above it, the works inspire celebration of creativity and art. Jason Dussault’s “Purge is in display with works by Keith Haring, Roy Lichtenstein, Bernard Buffet, Ron English, Paul Insect, Faile, Robert Longo, Nick Georgiou, Mark Hogancamp and Yasmina Alaoui, among others.
The Purge” is the artist’s mosaic representation of the Baltimore Pratt Street Riot which took place on 27 April 2015. He boldly depicts “The Rioters” in red- symbolic of their unorganized passion as well as centuries of despair, bloodshed. Baltimore Law Enforcement, organized in authoritative blue, a color also commonly associated with despair, sadness. America is yet again at this critical intersection. Will the denial, even downright refusal of some to embody historical lessons learned, to live their lives as examples to their children by embracing their neighbors as themselves regardless of race, color, creed, social status or sexual orientation. To re-examine and then spread the word regarding this country’s Constitution, Bill of Rights, the importance of Rule of Law. To actually hire those in authoritative positions with diversity as a high priority instead of marching their only diverse members out before the press to explain the anarchy. Fair and equal compensation is a must for those who risk their lives each day while walking the beat to protect us. America’s continued pandemic must end so that one day the colors of our ¬ag and those represented in this piece will blend together instead of bleed into future generations.
Even super heroes need a little time off to enjoy the classic American summer vacation. Off Duty is Jason Dussault’s latest body of work, a series of mosaic surfboard sculptures depicting super-heroes and comic book characters in various tongue-in-cheek “Off Duty” scenarios; Superwoman playing beach volleyball, Wolverine BBQing, Cat Woman partying and Spiderman water skiing, to name a few. Off Duty is whimsical reminder that even though we all mature into adulthood, we should never lose the connection with the innocence of our inner child. Dussault will create the sculptures in Montauk during his month-long Artist Residency at Ruschmeyer’s. Each of the characters will be assembled with broken glazed clay on vintage surfboards sourced from Montauk. Montauk is the perfect place to create and display these playful characters on a tool that represents one of the most iconic American summer destinations.
June 12, 2015
Piecing Things Together With Jason Dussault
May 20, 2015
Ruschmeyer's: Art & Dining
On May 30th Jason Dussault lead hundreds of our TELUS volunteers and local dignitaries at an event in David Lam Park. The final mural Mosaic will be assembled by the artist before being featured in Vancouver.
May 30, 2015
Volunteers chip in on massive mosaic project
May 28, 2015
Vancouver mosiac artist goes to pieces
Jason Dussault, a Vancouver and New York based artist whose practice focuses on combining traditional forms of mosaic with pop-culture characters from his childhood and the present, held a workshop with SoHo House, New York members to create a new unique art work, wherein each guest had the opportunity to make a small mosaic that would contribute to the larger composition which was featured in Dussault’s recent solo exhibition Deconstructive/Constructive. Signed limited edition lithographs where sold on-site to benefit FreeArts NYC, a local organization providing underserved children and families with a unique combination of educational arts and mentoring programs that help them to foster the self-confidence and resiliency needed to realize their fullest potential.
Despite which one imitates the other, this is true of both life and, of art. It is only rarely that the symbiotic natures of creativity and intent meet at a crossroads, but when they do, pure inspiration is the result. Through his unique mosaic work, Jason Dussault has unlocked the power of childhood memories through iconic characters that resonate with our inner youth. Playful in nature yet anchored to the stringent values of adulthood, Jason has created a body of work that reminds us fragility ultimately leads to self awareness.
March 30, 2015
Nos super-héros en mosaïque par Jason Dussault
March 30, 2015
Diverses mosaïques de nos super-héros par Jason Dussault
March 27, 2015
March 27, 2015
Superhero Artwork in New York City
March 26, 2015
Mosaic Art Exhibit Showcases Iconic Superheroes
March 26, 2015
Les portraits des super-héros en mosaïque
March 26, 2015
Jason Dussault “Deconstructive/Constructive”
March 18, 2015
Out & About
March 17, 2015
Immortalizing the Immortals With Artist Jason Dussault
March 16, 2015
Jason Dussault – Iconic Mosaics
March 15, 2015
Mosaic Portraits by Jason Dussault
March 15, 2015
Superhero Protraits Made of Mosaics by Jason Dussault
March 15, 2015
March 13, 2015
Superhero Portraits Made of Mosaics by Jason Dussault
February 20, 2015
North Vancouver mosaic artist exhibits in NYC
February 5, 2015
NYC Prepares for a Dussault of the Senses