Originally from Northern.Ireland, Jason studied Fine Art Sculpture at the University of Northumbria. In 1994 he was fortunate to meet and work with the Japanese stone carver and Henry Moore Fellow, Hideo Furuta. Jason’s first trip to Carrara, Italy, was in 1996, assisting the British stone sculptor Paul Mason on several private commissions. He then returned to England and began an intensive period of five years as an assistant to the New Zealand stone sculptor, Hamish Horsley, at his London studio. Now based in Kent, Jason is an elected member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors. He exhibits in both group and solo exhibitions across the UK, with a variety of larger public works on display.
I’ve always been happiest when I can ‘take away’ rather than ‘add on’ material when making sculpture. That’s why for me, directly carving stone and the subtractive process seems the most instinctive and creative method for exploring my ideas. When I carve and obtain a form full of volume and weight, I am intrigued to know how much further I can take it. I continue to cut, drill, split and carve, removing segments of the stone’s surface as I go. The articulation of such fragments and forms continues to motivate my work, along with themes around archaeology and geology. I believe that whatever is saved is then what comes into existence.