Jason Seife

American, b. 1989

559 followers

Jason Seife

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American, b. 1989

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559
Biography

Jason Seife uses both acrylic and ink to create luxurious paintings of Persian rugs by combining tightly merging rendered images with bright impasto strokes. His works share a deep-seated connection to his emotional state- each color and pattern specifically correlates to Seife’s state of mind at the time of painting, and therefore a chronological timeline of Seife’s mental state is discreetly embedded into his works.

The inspiration for Seife’s work is based 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. Seife was inspired by both his own Middle Eastern heritage and the complex artwork of Persian rug weavers in the creation of his paintings. The original Persian rug designs are laden with hidden meaning and language; the weavers were able to link each rug's particular pattern, palette, and style with a specific and identifiable geographic area or community of people.

Seife grew up in Miami to immigrant parents who were supportive of Seife’s creative ambitions. After playing in bands throughout his adolescence and still wanting to be involved in music in some capacity, Seife was initially drawn to graphic design, and began designing album artwork for hip-hop artists. He designed Big Sean’s lion logo, painted backdrops in Nicki Minaj’s music videos and created artwork for both Pharrell Williams and Mac Miller. Seife began to realize that his work within graphic design was entirely based around bringing the ideas of others into fruition, and not, as he would have preferred, bringing his own ideas to life.

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Biography

Jason Seife uses both acrylic and ink to create luxurious paintings of Persian rugs by combining tightly merging rendered images with bright impasto strokes. His works share a deep-seated connection to his emotional state- each color and pattern specifically correlates to Seife’s state of mind at the time of painting, and therefore a chronological timeline of Seife’s mental state is discreetly embedded into his works.

The inspiration for Seife’s work is based 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. Seife was inspired by both his own Middle Eastern heritage and the complex artwork of Persian rug weavers in the creation of his paintings. The original Persian rug designs are laden with hidden meaning and language; the weavers were able to link each rug's particular pattern, palette, and style with a specific and identifiable geographic area or community of people.

Seife grew up in Miami to immigrant parents who were supportive of Seife’s creative ambitions. After playing in bands throughout his adolescence and still wanting to be involved in music in some capacity, Seife was initially drawn to graphic design, and began designing album artwork for hip-hop artists. He designed Big Sean’s lion logo, painted backdrops in Nicki Minaj’s music videos and created artwork for both Pharrell Williams and Mac Miller. Seife began to realize that his work within graphic design was entirely based around bringing the ideas of others into fruition, and not, as he would have preferred, bringing his own ideas to life.

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Top emerging
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Represented by up-and-coming galleries.
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