Oakland, 2011
Charcoal on Paper
30 x 38 in. 

November 9, 2011
Charcoal on Paper
30 x 38 in. 


He studied at the Florence Academy, the New York Academy, and he holds an MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.In this series, Jason A. Maas creates drawings that seek to find the core of expression in human body language by carefully removing contextual information and leaving what he believes to be the true source of information in an image. His negative spaces provide focus, silence, and an openness to allow the viewer to finish the drawing. These images challenge the current understanding of how we view journalistic images of social unrest that proliferate the media, from professional photographs to low resolution cell phone photos.

About Jason Maas

Jason A. Maas Founder & Director of the Artist Volunteer Center
Jason is an artist, educator, and arts nonprofit director. He founded the Artist Volunteer Center (www.avcenter.org), a nonprofit that connects artists with humanitarian volunteer opportunities. His work is dedicated to supporting artists who get involved in community projects and create socially-conscious work through grants, residencies, and shows. He has over ten years’ experience in college and K-12 art teaching. His artwork has been shown nationally and internationally, including the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, the Noyes Museum, Governor’s Island Art Fair, and Smack Mellon.