“Wild Abandon” with Jason Woolslare

Published On October 28, 2014 | By Nuria Marquez | The Arts
Photo Credit: Jason Woolslare

Photo Credit: Jason Woolslare

Growing up in post industrial Western Pennsylvania, young Jason Woolslare had the opportunity to explore the neighborhoods, woods, and creeks without restrictions. Now as a visual artist and teacher, Woolslare takes that childlike feeling of freedom and wonder and turns it into vibrant works of art.

His new exhibit Wild Abandon brings together a sense of nostalgia and childhood exploration through toys and games. His paintings often feature retro-style images of cowboys, tin robots, and jet fighters.

“Currently, for me, in a society where image overload is embedded in the daily routine, the inspiration needs to naturally culminate in layers of past, present and future experiences,” Woolslare said of his work. “Through juxtaposition of imagery, I try to emulate society’s visual noise in my artistic process.”

Photo Credit: Jason Woolslare

Photo Credit: Jason Woolslare

Woolslare has long been a part of the Pittsburgh art scene. He’s exhibited his work in a number of galleries in the Cultural District as well as several Penn Avenue Unblurred gallery crawls. Most recently, Woolslare became the winner of the 2014 Three Rivers Honors Award for originality, depth of concept, continuity of design, and quality of craftsmanship.

Along with producing his own work, Woolslare has taught art at the secondary level for 17 years. He was the studio instructor for Master of Fine Arts students at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and now teaches for the Seneca Valley School. He participated in a number of art-related community service projects including working as the lead artist for the MLK Mural Project in Pittsburgh’s Hill District.

His new project will be on exhibit at The Gallery 4 in Shadyside starting November 1st through November 29th. The opening reception will  take place Saturday, November 1st from 7-11PM and will be open to the general public with complimentary refreshments and cocktails.

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