Artist of the Month
It is exciting to realize the creative explosion brought to the market by young but mature emerging artists working in the medium of glass. Jason Chakravarty, recently documented in America Craft, exemplifies breakthrough achievement in expressing both emotion and intellect in his sculptures. Whimsy with resolved forms=art. Jason is represented by Thomas R. Riley Galleries in Cleveland, OH.
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Jason Chakravarty is a mixed media, object maker living in Arizona. The majority of his work is cast glass and often incorporates neon for illumination. Glass can be anything: thick, thin, shiny, dull, rough, smooth, transparent, or opaque. It is the only material that can capture light. While material and notably glass are important, his emphasis is within the narrative. His most recent works are semi autobiographical and reflect on human relationships, communication, and social networking.
About Jason Chakravarty
Jason Chakravarty began incorporating glass through the use of neon into his sculpture in 1998 while attending Arizona State University. He was employed for four years at a commercial neon sign shop where he learned technical fundamentals of the neon process. In 2002 he began illuminating hot shop forms and kiln casting glass while attending graduate school at California State University Fullerton. He has taken workshops nationwide including at Pilchuck Glass School, Pittsburgh Glass Center, Penland School of Crafts, and University of California San Diego. He has taught neon and kiln casting workshops nationwide including at Arizona State University, Bowling Green State University, UrbanGlass, Cleveland Institute of Art, Pittsburgh Glass Center, Penland School of Crafts, and Salisbury University. His work has been shown in over 100 exhibitions. His studio is located in Arizona.
Acknowledgment of Gallery:
We are grateful to Thomas R. Riley Galleries, Cleveland, Ohio, for providing the materials for the Artist of the Month.
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