Jason was born in Malaysia and grew up on his family's estate in Suffolk where he still lives and works as an artist as well as managing White House Farm in Glemham, Suffolk which is managed along conservation lines. His work includes drawings of livestock and wildlife alongside landscape painting using natural pigments and more recently, narrative drawings.
In the Slaughden works, Jason reflects on the Slaughden and Lantern Marshes which are a patch of Suffolk that he has been drawn to again and again over the years. He says, "I love drawing there - on the saltings and sea wall, now partly breached by the sea. It is a place that exists on the edge, between the sea and the land - and the estuary. The weather often tumbles upwards high above it, as sea air and land air collide over Orfordness to the south; and seagulls ride the airwaves,” White House Farm, December 2019.
Jason taught himself to draw and paint in Suffolk, Spain and Austria, using graphite and earth pigments from the landscape and in 1993 took up full-time wood carving and painting. In 1995, he joined Maggi Hambling's life drawing classes at Morley College in London.
In 2009 Jason founded the Alde Valley Spring Festival, which has developed into a well respected programme of events that celebrate food, farming, landscape and the arts at his home White House Farm in Great Glemham, Suffolk. He is now Director and Curator of the Festival - and International Patron of a sister festival Pesta Nukenen in the Kelabit Highlands of Borneo. In 2012 he co-authored An Artist in the Garden with the painter Tessa Newcomb. In 2014 he founded a residency programme at his farm that spans the creative arts, including drawing, painting, sculpture, sound, writing, chairmaking and traditional heritage crafts. Whilst locally rooted, this project is increasingly internationally oriented.
Originally Jason trained as a zoologist at Oxford University and researching conservation biology at the University of Kent, before working as an artist, farmer, writer and researcher.
Jason has exhibited at Chappel Galleries, Essex, Peter Pear's Gallery and the Concert Hall Gallery at Snape Maltings in Suffolk; and in London at The Strand Gallery, Reed's Wharf Gallery, The Pumphouse Gallery, The Mall Galleries, Northcote Gallery and The Redfern Gallery.
His work can be found in many private collections in the UK and abroad, including the Hiscox Collection, Jesus College Collection, Adnams Brewery, Milsoms' Hotel Kesgrave, and the White Lion Hotel in Aldeburgh.
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