The Gallery 4 presents
"Wild Abandon" New Paintings by Jason Woolslare

"Wild Abandon" opens Saturday, November 1st, 2014 and runs through Saturday, November 29th, 2014 at The Gallery 4 (206 S. Highland Ave., Shadyside, 412-363-5050). The opening reception will take place Saturday, September 6th, 2014 from 7-11PM and will be opened to the general public with complimentary refreshments and cocktails provided by The Gallery 4. The Gallery 4 is open Tuesday through Saturday 1- 8pm.

The Gallery 4 is so pleased to welcome Jason Woolslare. Jason Woolslare is a Pittsburgh based painter, illustrator and visual art teacher. Woolslare presents quite an extensive and storied resume: Exhibiting locally in numerous solo gallery shows in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District and in Gallery’s on Penn Avenue gallery crawls; exhibiting at the Three Rivers Arts Festival and winning the Emerging Artist Scholarship and, most recently, declared the Winner of the 2014 Three Rivers Honors Award for originality, depth of concept, continuity of design, and quality of craftsmanship. Jason has exhibited at the prestigious Ann Arbor Street Art Festival (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor). A collection of his works was sold to the distinguished American Visionary Museum in Baltimore. Woolslare has been commissioned to create artwork for businesses and organizations including Jeep, VA Pittsburgh, the film "Promised Land", and numerous professional clients and art collectors.

As a working artist, Woolslare has been quite successful. But his approach to releasing art into the world doesn't end at the canvas: Jason has been a secondary Art Teacher for 17 years. He was Educated at Edinboro University and most recently at the world renowned School of the Art institute of Chicago on a full scholarship, where he would later become the studio instructor for Master of Fine Arts students. Recently he has been the online art teacher for the Seneca Valley School, where he also penned the current art curriculum with elementary and secondary art teachers. Woolslare has also engaged the community in teaching art to at risk students at Mars Home for Youth and the Freedom Night School Program, among others. As the Lead Artist for MLK Mural project to enhance the look of Pittsburgh's Hill District, Jason has worked alongside young people who were under requirement of a community service / work release program. Wow!

This sense of expanding what his personal experience and skill can proffer to benefit others, is rooted in Woolslare's heartfelt respect for freedom and the pursuit of opportunity. Growing up in Western PA, Woolslare found the post industrial ruins of the rust belt an enchanting landscape to explore with his brothers and friends. Whether it was by foot, hiking through the neighborhoods and into the woods, on rafts from creeks that led into the Ohio River, or exploring abandoned buildings and houses - engaging the freedom to indulge youthful wanderlust. Now matured, Jason still treasures that childlike feeling of freedom and free thought - complete and true. "Information belongs to the mind. It can be gathered, coded, processed and decoded for any number of purposes. Inspiration comes from the soul. It is an elusive spark, one that cannot be bought or sold nor artificially triggered. It is a gift. That the two can be combined into something quietly exciting is proven by any artistic expression."

With "Wild Abandon" Woolslare addresses these concepts of freedom, freedom lost, childhood exploration, common culture, and adventure. All of these floating thoughts and ambient experiences are synthesized in Woolslare's uniquely striking visual language. Pop art elements are writ large: A Lichtenstein-esque slice of the moment; images of daredevil men and dauntless women seem to invite you along for a wild ride. Toyish elements abound too: tin robots, cowboys, fast cars, and jet fighters, to name a few - a familiar sense of retro-future mid century toy and game packaging; the bold lines amped up and served with dazzling technicolor patterns and psychedelic textures. The lively montage is depicted beautifully in Jason's expert use of acrylics, aerosols, and mixed media elements, such as collage and stenciled details. These images excite the eye, summon you toward a visual adventure, and again awaken that childlike freedom found at the core of Woolslare's works.

Jason, on the works -

"Currently, for me, in a society where image overload is embedded in the daily routine, the inspiration needs to naturally culminate in layers of past, present and future experiences. Through juxtaposition of imagery, I try to emulate society’s visual noise in my artistic process."

Jason Woolslare lives in Pittsburgh with his wife Nikki, his daughters, Isabel and Scarlett and his dog Maizey.

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The Gallery 4 is committed to redefining the nature of a conventional gallery. We feature works from a variety of national artists and local talent. We also carry a variety of limited edition toys and clothing. Fine art should be within the reach of everyone, and at The Gallery 4 we are making this a reality.