Solo Show at Pinehurst Gallery To Feature Raleigh Artist Jason Craighead

"Whole" 100w x 64h, mixed media on canvas

March 3, 2010 (Pinehurst, NC) – Broadhurst Gallery in Pinehurst, NC, will open a solo exhibit of recent works by Raleigh artist Jason Craighead on Sunday, March 14, from 2-4 p.m. A gallery talk with the artist will begin at 4 p.m.

Jason Craighead is best known for his predominantly large-scale paintings that combine acrylic, oil pastel, and graphite in multiple layers of color, lines, and drips. For the Broadhurst show, he will hang 12 to 16 works that range from works on canvas and paper to works on book and encyclopedia covers, representing an evolution from the work he presented in his most recent show at Somerhill Gallery in Durham, NC.

“I always have the feeling of being right on the edge of something,” he said recently. “My work is always about growth and furthering exploration.”

The artist’s ongoing evolution is one of the reasons gallery owner Judy Broadhurst is excited about this show.

“I love to support an artist who realizes that change is important and necessary,” she said. “I love Jason’s new work. It’s more open, there’s more color. It is new for him and I support that. Jason is also great to work with, and I’m delighted that he will be at the opening and give a gallery talk. That’s another reason I’m excited about his show.”

Broadhurst also timed Craighead’s show to coincide with the busy tourist season in Pinehurst. “This is the time of year when anyone who plays golf wants to come to Pinehurst,” she said. “Since Jason is a contemporary artist, this is a good time of the year to have his show.”

Broadhurst Gallery is located at 2212 Midland Road, Pinehurst. Regular gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday 11am-5pm Saturday 1pm-4pm and evenings by appointment. For more information visit www.broadhurst gallery.com.

For more information on Jason Craighead and to see examples of his work, visit www.jasoncraighead.com.

About Jason Craighead:

Jason Craighead has been named Best Artist in Raleigh Metro Magazine’s annual MetroBravo reader’s poll for five consecutive years. His paintings have been featured in numerous gallery exhibits and belong to many public and private art collections. An active member of the North Carolina arts community, he is now working with the Raleigh Arts Commission on its plans for future public art. He also frequently donates his paintings to charitable causes, including Works of Heart, the Triangle area’s annual premiere art auction to benefit The Alliance of AIDS Services – Carolina. For more information visit www.jasoncraighead.com.

Raleigh Artists To Open “Studio 600” on Glenwood South

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Jason Craighead © f8 Photo Studios

November 2, 2009 (RALEIGH, NC) — Artists Jason Craighead and David Green will open Studio 600, their new working studios, to the public during Raleigh’s First Friday Art Walk, November 6, starting at 7 p.m. Studio 600 is located at 600 Glenwood South, Raleigh, NC,  between the 606 Lounge and Abbey Carpets.

 

After working out of a spare bedroom-turned-studio in his downtown Raleigh apartment for several years, Craighead was seriously looking for separate space when two things came together: His friend, mixed-media artist David Green, also needed a studio, and the warehouse space behind Abbey Carpets at 600 Glenwood South became available.

 

“Studio 600 – which is simply named for the address – will make us more accessible to the public,” said Craighead. “It also gives us a place to create work without having to live in it. And it gives us a great place to collaborate on some work. I want to do other things, besides painting.”

 

At approximately 1000 square feet, the new studios offer plenty of storage space to accommodate the artists’ completed works. Craighead’s paintings tend to be large, so getting them out of his downtown apartment was a major plus, he said.

 

Craighead and Green have up-fitted the warehouse-turned-studios themselves, with a little help from friends — framing out, dry-walling and painting the interior, and installing lighting. When Studio 600 opens to the public on November 6, the interior will feature a small entrance gallery/foyer, additional display walls beyond and to the right of that area, dedicated working space for each artist, and ample storage units.

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"Studio Floor Drawing," mixed media on paper, by Jason Craighead

 

About the entrance area, Craighead noted that he and Green do not intend to use it just to display their own work. They will invite other artists to use the space for shows and art installations.

 

“If you’re going to participate in the community, why just hang your own work? Participate in the community,” he said. “Let somebody else have some fun.”

 

He noted, however, that “shows” are only for a day and a half. Studio 600 will be open to the public each First Friday and the following Saturday. After that, all but the front area is strictly for creating art work and open otherwise only by appointment.

 

“This is not a gallery,” he stressed. “It’s a working studio.”

 

For more information on Studio 600, contact Jason Craighead at Jason@jasoncraighead.com; or call 919-946-4219.

 

About Jason Craighead:

 

Jason Craighead has been named Best Artist in Raleigh Metro Magazine’s annual MetroBravo reader’s poll for five consecutive years. His paintings have been featured in numerous gallery exhibits and belong to many public and private art collections. An active member of the North Carolina arts community, he is now working with the Raleigh Arts Commission on its plans for future public art. He also frequently donates his paintings to charitable causes, including Works of Heart, the Triangle area’s annual premiere art auction to benefit The Alliance of AIDS Services – Carolina. For more information visit www.jasoncraighead.com.

Jason Craighead Featured in “Retrospective 25”

Jason Craighead. (photo by f8 Photo Studios)
Jason Craighead. (photo by f8 Photo Studios)

October 18, 2009 (RALEIGH, NC) – Raleigh, NC-based artist Jason Craighead is among only 25 artists selected for the City of Raleigh’s “Retrospective 25,” a special art exhibit celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Municipal Building’s art exhibition program.

Sponsored by the City of Raleigh Arts Commission, the retrospective showcases work from artists who have exhibited in the Miriam Preston Block Art Gallery in the Avery C. Upchurch Government Complex, or Municipal Building, in downtown Raleigh.

In October 2006 through March 2007, nine of Jason Craighead’s large works were included in a two-artist exhibit there entitled “Microcosm/Macrocosm.” The City of Raleigh subsequently purchased his largest piece in the show, “Travel Park 2,” an 80-inch wide by 80-inch tall mixed media on panel painting. It is currently on display in the Exchange Plaza building on Wilmington Street.

For “Retrospective 25,” Craighead is showing “Losing Man’s Geometry,” a 64w by 76h mixed media on canvas painting.

‘I’m honored to be included in a show that covers such a span of North Carolina’s art history,” he said.

According to the City, an exhibit spanning the past 25 years provides “a snapshot into the history of the Block Art Gallery and overall development of the visual arts scene in Raleigh.”

“Retrospective 25” spotlights the work of deceased artists, such as Claude Howell, George Birelines and Joe Cox, as well as recent work by living artists, including: Marty Baird, Tina Bromberg, Luke Miller Buchanan, Richard Garrison, Ann Harwell, Herb Jackson, Mary Shannon Johnstone, Joyce Watkins King, Philip Lopez, Gayle Stott Lowry, Kathleen Rieder, Thomas Sayre, Brian Shawcroft, Nona Short, David Simonton, Tom Spleth, Georgia Springer, Wayne Taylor, Anthony Ulinski, Doug Van de Zande, and Sally Van Gorder. Media featured includes painting, fibers, ceramics, photography and mixed-media.

“Retrospective 25” will be on display through November 16. The Miriam Preston Block Art Gallery is located 222 W. Hargett Street.

For more information on Jason Craighead, visit www.jasoncraighead.com.

About Jason Craighead:

Jason Craighead lives and works in downtown Raleigh. He has been an active participant in the Triangle arts community for many years and has donated numerous paintings to charitable art auctions, including the Works of Heart auction for the Carolina AIDS Alliance and the Visual Art Exchange’s annual fundraiser. He has also served as a juror and signature artist for Works of Heart, the Visual Art Exchange in Raleigh, the Greensboro Center for Visual Arts Members’ Show and Raleigh’s annual Artsplosure festival. He is currently represented by Somerhill Gallery in Durham, Broadhurst Gallery in Pinehurst, Anne Irwin Fine Art in Atlanta, GA,, and Bucks Gallery of Fine Art in Newtown, PA. For more information and to view the artist’s work, visit www.jasoncraighead.com.

Raleigh Artist Jason Craighead Launches New Website

Jason Craighead in his studio.
Jason Craighead in his studio.

April 30, 2009 (RALEIGH, NC) — After years of having his work available for viewing online solely through gallery websites, artist Jason Craighead of Raleigh, N.C., has just launched his own website: www.jasoncraighead.com.

Designed by 8 Dot Graphics, the new site features a continuous slide show of the artist’s recent works on the landing page, along with notices of current and upcoming exhibitions. The muted background suggests the “passionate and emotionally charged evolving exploration of line and space” that Craighead says defines his current work.

From the landing page, visitors can click on “works on paper” and “works on canvas and panel” to see more available paintings. “Press and reviews” takes visitors to a selection of media critiques of Craighead’s past exhibits and to a chronologically list of news items generated by the artist’s publicist, Kim Weiss of blueplate pr, including his work for charities and community arts organizations.

The new website’s “contact” page features the names, addresses and websites of the galleries that represent the artist — including Somerhill Gallery in Durham, Broadhurst Gallery in Pinehurst, Anne Irwin Fine Art in Atlanta, Georgia, and Bucks Gallery of Fine Art in Newtown, Pennsylvania – and contact information for Craighead’s publicist.

The site also features an “about the artist” page that offers more detailed background into the evolution of a painter who has become a recognized leader in the North Carolina art scene. The page includes listings of group, two-person and solo exhibitions, publications where Craighead’s work has been featured, select public and private collections, and his professional experience serving as a juror for art exhibitions and as a member of the Public Art Committee for the City of Raleigh Arts Commission until 2011.

The new website will also allow the artist to post new works as they are finished.

Jason Craighead’s next major exhibition of his work will be a solo show at Somerhill Gallery in August. More details will be available this summer at www.somerhill.com.

For more information on the artist and to see his most recent work, go to www.jasoncraighead.com.

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Jason Craighead Donates Painting To VAE Auction

Red Crane

January 19. 2009 (RALEIGH, NC) – Jason Craighead, the artist whose painting broke the record for the highest single bid during the November “Works of Heart” charitable auction for the Carolina AIDS Alliance, has donated another large painting to the Visual Art Exchange for its 25th Art Auction & Gala.

The silver anniversary of the VAE’s gala fundraiser, entitled “For the Love of Art,” will take place Saturday, February 7, 2009, from 6 p.m. until midnight in the new Marriot Hotel in downtown Raleigh.

Jason Craighead is one of the Southeast’s most prominent abstract artists. His work has inspired some critics to compare it to that of Robert Motherwell, Franz Kline and Cy Twombly.

The painting Craighead donated to the VAE auction, entitled “Red Crane #8 (40w x 50h, mixed media on canvas), comes from of a period of his work that focused on ideas on construction, deconstruction, revitalization, and the energy of an urban environment.

“I wasn’t trying to depict reality,” he explained. “I was responding to the visual treat that is everyday city life within the structure and chaos that surrounds us. There is beauty to be found in the grit if we choose to be observant.”

A dozen of his most recent works, including an 8 ft. x 12 ft. painting on panel, are currently on exhibit at the Fayetteville Museum of Art in Fayetteville, NC, along with new works by sculptor Seth Hicks and painter Gerry Lynch.

Jason Craighead is represented in the Triangle area by Somerhill Gallery in Durham. He is also represented by Broadhurst Gallery in Pinehurst (www.broadhurstgallery.com), Anne Irwin Fine Art in Atlanta, GA (www.anneirwinfineart.com), and Bucks Gallery of Fine Art in Newtown, PA (www.bucksgalleryoffineart.com). For more information on the artist, visit any of these websites.

Along with the live and silent auctions representing some of the finest artists in the region, the VAE’s gala event will include live music, a buffet dinner and dessert, a special raffle and dancing. For tickets and more information on the event, visit http://www.visualartexchange.org.

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Raleigh Artist To Open First Major Museum Exhibit


October 27, 2008 (RALEIGH, NC) – Jason Craighead, the Raleigh-based artist whose work has been described by Metro Magazine art critic Louis St. Lewis as “conjuring up ghosts of everyone from Motherwell to Franz Kline to Cy Twombly,” will exhibit over a dozen new paintings during a special exhibit at the Fayetteville Museum of Art (FMA) in Fayetteville, NC, entitled “The Energy of a Line.”

The show will open November 7 and run through January 11, 2009. An opening reception will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Friday the 7th.

This marks the first museum exhibit for the artist, whose work has been shown in many galleries and other shows over his career, including FMA’s satellite “Gallery 208” a year ago.

“I can’t think of another museum I’d rather show in first more than FMA,” Craighead said recently as he credited director Tom Grubb and curator Michelle Horn with “giving me another opportunity as I move forward. This really feels like good, forward motion.”

Craighead’s FMA collection will include six works on paper (22 in. x30 in.), at least three 64 in. x 76 in. works on canvas, and an 8 ft. x 12 ft. painting, among others.

Painter Gerry Lynch and sculptor Seth Hicks will also be included in “The Energy of a Line.” And Jason Craighead couldn’t be more pleased.

“Gerry Lynch has always been a kind of artistic hero of mine,” he said. “I first discovered her work about 10 years ago, and I was completely blown away.”

“I’ve always liked Seth’s work, too,” he noted – so much so that when he co-owned the former Glance Gallery in downtown Raleigh, he frequently paired his paintings with Hick’s sculpture.

Jason Craighead describes his artistic process as “a passionate and emotionally charged, evolving exploration of line and space, from scribble to scrawl. As an artist, or even a thinker, one must never give in to the ‘simple’ or the ‘known’.“

As an artist whose work continues to evolve, he describes his newest direction as “the ultimate transitional moment for me. And I feel these pieces are representative of that transition. I’m beginning to have a more philosophical approach to my work. I’m no longer afraid to do what I’m doing – to let out whatever needs to be let out. I’m detaching from ‘things,’ finding space and creating rhythm, and letting my work become the pure thing that it is. With less fear comes more freedom.”

The FMA exhibit comes at a mid point between Craighead’s spring 2008 exhibit at the Miriam Preston Block Art Gallery in the Municipal Building in downtown Raleigh and a solo exhibit at Somerhill Gallery in Durham, scheduled for September 2009. The City of Raleigh purchased the largest piece in the Raleigh show.

Earlier this month, a 40 in. by 40 in. painting Craighead donated to the “Works of Heart” auction to benefit the Carolina AIDs Alliance drew the largest bid in the annual event’s 18-year history. Works of Heart is the area’s premiere charitable art auction.

Jason Craighead is currently represented by Somerhill Gallery in Durham (www.somerhill.com) , Broadhurst Gallery in Pinehurst (www.broadhurstgallery.com), Anne Irwin Fine Art in Atlanta, GA (www.anneirwinfineart.com), and Bucks Gallery of Fine Art in Newtown, PA (www.bucksgalleryoffineart.com). For more information on the artist, visit any of these websites.

For more information on the Fayetteville Museum of Art, visit http://www.fayettevillemuseumart.org.

Jason Craighead Joins Reeves Collection

Forward Progress '08
Forward Progress '08

August 5, 2008 (RALEIGH, NC) – Raleigh Metro Magazine editor and publisher Bernie Reeves and his wife Katie Reeves, vice president, recently purchased a painting by abstract artist Jason Craighead, adding it to the couple’s impressive collection of original art.

Entitled “Forward Progress-08,” the Reeves’ new 50w x 40h painting mixed media on canvas, and is representative of the evolution of the artist’s recent work.

Among the many artists represented in the Reeves’ extensive collection are Herb Jackson, George Berline, Andre Gisson, Louis St. Lewis, Ceta Scott, Bob Irwin, A.B. Jackson, Richard Finnell, Jacqueline Lefeuvre, Bob Rankin, Rudy Aurora and Nicole Kennedy.

A professional artist for over a decade, Jason Craighead is a recognized leader in the North Carolina art scene. His work has been included in many solo and group exhibitions throughout the Southeastern United States. He has received numerous awards and served as a juror for various art shows. He has been selected as Signature Artist for charitable art auctions, and his work has been featured in a number of publications, including Artists & Art Galleries of the Southeast.

Jason enjoys a strong patron base of private collectors and corporations including former US Senator John Edwards, Zaytoun & Miller PLLC, J. Davis Architects, Capitol Broadcasting Company and Hunter Industries.

He is currently represented by Somerhill Gallery in Durham, NC, Broadhurst Gallery in Pinehurst, NC, Anne Irwin Fine Art in Atlanta, GA, and Bucks Gallery of Fine Art in Newtown, PA.

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Salon Moxie Presents A Collection of New Works by Paul Friedrich

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July 7, 2008 (RALEIGH, NC) – Paul Friedrich, a pop icon in the Triangle area, is the featured artist at Salon Moxie in North Raleigh from now through August. The artist’s reception will be held Friday, July 11, from 6-9 p.m.

Paul Friedrich is perhaps best know as the creator of the “Onion Head Monster” comic strip in The Independent Weekly and online at http://www.onionheadmonster.com

His work is renowned for its storytelling, humor, bright colors and bold lines. He has been described as a “post-hip, pop-visionary” artist and illustrator whose work is as entertaining as it its widely collected.

The series of Hong Kong paintings Friedrich is showing at Moxie explores “a new direction of semi-abstraction,” he said. He is also bringing silkscreen posters and digital prints for sale during the July 11 reception.

A Raleigh native, Friedrich is a member of DesignBox, a diverse collection of creative professionals in downtown Raleigh.

Salon Moxie is owned and operated by Jack and Joelle Ray who also own the award-winning Samuel Cole Salon in North Raleigh, Salon Moxie has been hosting revolving art exhibits since it opened last summer.

“We wanted to find a way to connect our emerging artists at Moxie with other emerging artists in the area,” Joelle said. “We are excited to offer our support to the arts community.”

According to the Rays, the salon fills the void between “budget” salons and the more expensive destinations and gives “rising star” stylists an environment in which to enhance their skills.

Salon Moxie is located at 6191-122 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh. For more information, visit http://www.salon-moxie.com or call 919-850-0721.

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Salon Moxie Hosts “Pick Flowers, Not Fights”

April 24, 2008 (RALEIGH, NC) — “Pick Flowers, Not Fights,” a collection of mixed-media works by emerging Raleigh artist Jennifer Machuca, will be on display in Salon Moxie from May 1 until June 30 as part of the North Raleigh hair salon’s on-going revolving art exhibits.

Machuca studied art at Louisburg College and East Carolina University. The inspiration for her bold, vibrant paintings comes from “street graffiti, bright colors, and flower patterns,” she says, and by studying the works of “numerous pop culture artists, such as Blu, Aaron Kraten, David Flores, and Miss Van.”

Recently, her work has been shown in Raleigh at Lilly’s Pizza on Glenwood Avenue, White Collar Crime on Davie Street, and the Colony Theater on Six Forks Road.

Salon Moxie is a new concept from Jack and Joelle Ray, owners of the more upscale Samuel Cole Salon on Newton Road, Raleigh, that fills the void between budget salons and the more expensive destinations, and gives its “rising star” stylists an environment in which to enhance their skills. The salon’s revolving art exhibits are “a way to connect our emerging artists at Moxie with other emerging artists in the area,” Joelle said. “We are excited to offer our support to the North Carolina arts community.”

Salon Moxie is located at 6191-122 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh. For more information, including business hours, visit http://www.salon-moxie.com or call 919-850-0721.

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Jason Craighead To Participate in “The Study Group” Exhibition at The Collectors Gallery

progress-jan-08.jpgMarch 2, 2008 (RALEIGH, NC) – Raleigh artist Jason Craighead will participate in a special exhibition at the Collector’s Gallery entitled “The Study Group.” The opening reception will be held Thursday, March 6 from 6-9 p.m. The show runs through April 12.

As a result of a long and mentoring relationship with the late and noted North Carolina artist George Bireline, Raleigh artists Robert Irwin and Bob Rankin formed a study group along with Anthony Ulinski, Richard Garrison, David Connell and Craighead. The group meets regularly to share ideas, offer critiques and support one another. The Collectors Gallery exhibit will showcase work by each artist in the group.

Represented in the Triangle by Somerhill Gallery in Chapel Hill, Craighead will hang two paintings: “Bridge Study #2” (25w x 30h) and “Progress Jan-08” (60w x 60h). Both pieces are part of a larger body of work depicting “idea on construction, deconstruction, revitalization and the energies produced in an urban environment,” he said. Other paintings in his newest series of work are currently on display at the Miriam Preston Block Art Gallery in the Raleigh Municipal Building.

The Collectors Gallery is a partnership between Rory Parnell, formerly of Raleigh Contemporary Gallery, and Megg Rader, former executive Director of Artspace. The gallery is located at in the historic City Market in downtown Raleigh and is part of the Moore Square Art District. For more information visit http://www.rcgallery.com.

Along with Somerhill Gallery, Jason Craighead is also represented by Broadhurst Gallery in Pinehurst; Anne Irwin Fine Art in Atlanta, Georgia; and Bucks Gallery of Fine Art in Newtown, Pennsylvania. For more information on the artist, contact Kim Weiss at blueplate pr: 919-272-8615; kjw27612@yahoo.com.

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