Jason Moad is a realist painter based in Melbourne Australia. His work has been placed in many private collections (both in Australia and overseas) and the ANL Corporate Collection.
Jason writes of his recent work:
My current series of succulent paintings reflect both a change in focus and also personal philosophy. Although my initial interest in these plants was aesthetic, I was immediately impressed by the aura of presence and personality they seemed to project. Previously my work had been rooted firmly in the physical, fetishising the object, in defiance of the digital revolution and the increasingly ephemeral quality of our culture artefacts. Ironically, my new pictures embrace a fascination with the primacy of something elusive and ineffable; that aforementioned sense of presence and personality.
I’ve gradually come to subscribe to a position somewhere between Panpsychism and Animism. That is to say, I think personhood is not exclusively the province of human beings. Indeed, if one starts from the increasingly likely position that consciousness is fundamental, non-human persons are to be found everywhere. New Zealand recently acknowledged this in law, granting personhood to certain sacred mountains and rivers. If this strikes one as a stretch, the current renaissance in botanical research is advancing such startling propositions as communication between trees in forests, via vast, underground mycelium networks; and a study at the University of Western Australia in 2014 demonstrated that at least some plants, despite not possessing a brain or nervous system, are none-the-less capable of learning and memory. There has also been a resurgence of interest in the scientific community in plant psychedelics (like psilocybin-mushrooms and ayahuasca) and their effects on and interactions with consciousness. While it might jar our western, post-enlightenment sensibilities, plants and indeed all of nature can be conceived of as enspirited. Traditionally, it always has been.
From the very first Agave I painted, I recognised the potential of plants to represent the other than human. Most of my subjects are drawn from The Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne and so isolating them against plain backgrounds hints at the way they have been dislocated from their native environments and transplanted halfway around the world. Regardless, they loom like Triffids; self-possessed and with their own agency.
SELECTED RECENT EXHIBITIONS
Party of Special Things, Fox Galleries, Melbourne
New Dawn, Fox Galleries, Melbourne
Culture Pop, .M Contemporary, Sydney
Jason Moad (solo), M. Contemporary, Sydney
Tangible (solo), Fox Galleries, Melbourne
Finalist, Mission to Seafarers Art Prize, Melbourne
Bluethumb Group Exhibition, No Vacancy Gallery, Melbourne