Biography

Jason Craighead is a recognized leader in the North Carolina art scene. He is a member of the City of Raleigh Arts Commission and serves on the Grants Committee. He is co-founder of Switchhouse, a working studio space and gallery that he and artist Dave Green completed in the spring of 2014. 

 

The artist's paintings are a dynamic and expressive combination of acrylic paint, oil pastel, and graphite markings on canvas. His works emits an infectious, fervent energy; where every splatter, drip, and scratch conveys the artist’s emotional and profound spirit. Craighead's work echoes the well-known words of Edward Hopper, “If you could say it in words, there would be no reason to paint”. 

 

 

 

Craighead’s creative process combines instinct and spontaneity with purposeful movement and references from emotionally significant books, films, and music lyrics. What remains is an elusive balance of structures intricately networked to create striking compositions. The effect of his work engages the viewer, inciting emotional reaction and engagement with his emotive narrative.