Today we’d like to introduce you to Jason Hugger.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Jason. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I grew up in Battle Creek Michigan. I was in the 7th grade when I had my first art class. I remember when my teacher told me that I had the potential to be good artist. This started my journey as an artist and I took every art class I could. In 1991 I earned a scholarship to attend the Columbus College of Art and Design majoring in Fine Art and developed my craft as a painter.
After graduating Cum Laude from CCAD in 1995, I entered a show at 11 E Ashland Art Space in Phoenix AZ in 1996. After visiting Phoenix I realized that this was the place I needed to be so I moved here permanently.
Over the next two decades I developed my style as a painter of surreal landscapes and have exhibited in dozens of galleries and exhibitions both in Arizona, Michigan, and Ohio, California and Texas and am in private collections throughout the nation and in Norway.
I reside in Glendale with my wife and live a quiet life. I enjoy working in my studio, sketching and painting. Art gives me a way to express my view of the world which is for me, seeing the beauty in things that may not be typically beautiful.
Has it been a smooth road?
I was lucky to have parents that encouraged me in my endeavors but the journey has been difficult. In my last year of college I was assaulted and robbed by three young men. I was lucky to get away with just a broken nose. Later in the year I saw the same men on the news for committing murder. It was a frightening time but I stayed focused on preparing for my senior thesis.
After college I packed my old car and headed to Phoenix. I worked odd jobs and painted every day in my little studio apartment. In late 1999 I entered my work to a new downtown Phoenix gallery called the Paulina Miller Gallery where I was represented for almost ten years. It was a great relationship which I miss very much. Paulina closed her doors in 2009. It was then when I really had to dig in and find ways to get my art out there.
To earn a little extra income I joined the AZ Army National Guard. In late 2003 I was deployed to Iraq, Operation Iraqi Freedom. I sustained an injury and was released in Sept 2004 with an Honorable Discharge. Going to war was the biggest challenge of my life and although I have had hardships nothing compares to a combat deployment.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Jason Hugger Fine Art – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
My art studio/gallery is in my home which makes it very easy for me to work whenever I want. My wife handles most of my business from marketing to keeping my studio stocked with supplies. I am lucky in that regard as she allows me to focus all my energy into creating while she runs the business.
I specialize in what I call “still-life as landscape”. Using found objects I create vivid, surreal landscapes on panel and canvas. My process is simple, I set up the materials on a table, light it and then imagine the environment which can be calm or stormy, depending on the effect I want to create. My works are gallery wrapped and I have challenged myself to do this technique as best as I can. This means that the painting continues on all sides of the painting. The work is to be hung this way without a frame and it jumps off the wall making my two dimensional work appear to be on the edge of a third dimension.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I love just about everything about Phoenix. The desert inspires me and the art scene is very exciting. I can’t see living anywhere else. What I like least is the traffic and air pollution.
- Website: www.jasonhugger.com
- Phone: 602-540-7969
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jasonhugger/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JasonHuggerFineArt/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/JasonHugger
Photos by Cathryn Hugger