Explore Palettes of the World from Jon Wassom

By: The monOrchid
PHOENIX - July 7, 2015 - PRLog -- Shade Projects is proud to present, Palettes of the World the solo exhibition of artist Jon Wassom in Shade Gallery at the monOrchid. This exhibition showcases the artist’s latest series of breathtaking mixed media paintings that highlight various places around the world, important cultural influences and important figures. The artist skillfully handles his medium blending acrylic and oil paint directly on the canvas, creating incredible texture truly bringing his canvases to life.  Shade Projects Curator, Nicole Royse goes on to say, Wassom explores a spectra of colors and lines in addition to utilizing abstraction to showcase fascinating subject matter alluding to much more than meets the eye. Wassom is excited about this new series of work saying, "Palettes of the World, explores how we mix, blend and move with each other, as well as our environments”.

Wassom says, “My focus is how each texture, color, and shape connects and dances with one another within the abstractions while the realistic elements give the viewer a basic platform to encourage and draw out their own experiences .” His artwork is shaped and greatly influenced by his extensive and diverse experiences in athletics including gymnastics and most recently figure skating and massage therapy, translating into his handling of movement and anatomy.

Wassom was traditionally trained in painting at Utah State University, as well as an apprenticeship with well known artist, Woody Shepherd. He has previously exhibited work in Washington DC and Baltimore, relocating to Phoenix where he has participated in both solo and group exhibitions most recently at {9} The Gallery, Wee Gallery and Touchstone Gallery. This is Wassom’s debut exhibition at the monOrchid and it marks his first large scale solo gallery exhibition in Arizona. Also his work has been featured in several publications including Artist’s Magazine, Spaces, and AZCulture.

The Opening Reception for Palettes of the World will be held on First Friday, August 7th from 6-10pm with the artist in attendance. The Closing Artist Reception will be held Third Friday, August 21st from 6-10pm featuring an intimate evening with the artist,  as well as amazing artwork, wine and more. Palettes of the World will be on display in Shade Gallery at the monOrchid from August 7 until August 30, 2015.

The monOrchid is located at 214 E. Roosevelt Street in the heart of Phoenix's downtown Roosevelt Row Arts District. The building is open daily and the exhibition may be viewed during business hours. Visit our website for more information at monorchid.com. For media inquiries or a private appointment to view this exhibition Please contact Shade Projects Curator, Nicole Royse by phone at (602) 810-3449 or by email at nicoleroyse@gmail.com.

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