Jason Seife‘s first ever solo show at Montor12 Brussels is currently running until December 21, but before his collection “Writing on the Walls” made its debut, Highsnobiety caught up with the Miami painter to gain a deeper meaning behind his famed work.
After a successful career as a graphic designer, working with some of the biggest names in music such as Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, and Pharrell Williams, Seife decided to pivot and pursue a career for his real passion that is painting. “This is the type of work I messed with in high school, he reveals to us. “I didn’t see it again until a lot later on in life.”
He’s well known in the sneaker world for his hand-painted custom Air Force 1’s for the sneaker’s 35th anniversary. However, in his newest body of works, Seife is inspired by the ancient art form of Persian carpet making after taking a trip to Iran. “I can’t put into words the amount of inspiration and amount of people that I met,” he says. “It was like being somewhere that you never been, but feeling like home.” He adds, “It was really important to me as an artist and someone with middle eastern background to go back, and use that as a base to make it my own and also understanding the roots.”
In his work, the Miami artist revives old weavings in a new and exciting way by tediously painting them on canvas in colors and mediums that were not normally used in their traditional build. Each color and pattern specifically correlate to what state of mind and emotion he was in while creating the specific work. The creation of these works is both a therapeutic and a spiritual process to him stating, “I find peace in the repetitiveness of it.”
The artist is debuting his full body of new work, including both painting and sculpture at Montoro12 Gallery in Brussels and will also be showing two paintings during Art Basel Miami at Pulse Art Fair from December 6 to December 9.
To go further behind the works of Jason Seife, watch our video above.
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