Jason Stopa’s desire to infuse his paintings with joy mixes sophistication and innocence without privileging either one.
“When times are dark there is the inclination to want to give up. But the Dark Ages led to the Renaissance.”
The creation and interpretation of art remains an anchor and a refuge, a sanctuary for vanishing ideals.
Jason Stopa is a historically savvy painter whose approach to Pop Formalism can cut either way, toward reflexive irony or an expanded employment of the language of paint.
Jason Stopa stands a head taller than most of us and shares some strong ideas about contemporary art with a calm, intellectual confidence. His work, too, is raw, but the delivery system is mellifluous – a world of familiar references and a range of intimate painterly touches.