Jason Bryant grew up in rural North Carolina. Art was always around Bryant, encouraged by his mother, who would often draw comic book figures for him as a kid. At around age six, Bryant would observe with anticipation the joy his uncle derived from creating drawings for him and from watching Bryant create images. These memories serve as seminal moments for Bryant’s development as an artist at an early age.
As Bryant grew older, movies and drawing became a way for him to escape the realities of a difficult childhood. Bryant’s fascination with drawing was replaced by a love for painting, which was encouraged in him by his mentor Paul Hartley during his years at East Carolina University, where Bryant received his BFA in 1999. While painting, Bryant would listen to the soundtrack of different films, letting himself be completely absorbed in the emotions and images the music evoked and translating the energy into images on his canvas.
Upon graduation, Bryant moved to Baltimore, where he secured an internship with the Mayors Advisory Committee on Art and Culture. It was through this experience that he was introduced to other working, contemporary artists. He further developed his place within the artistic community when he was accepted to the Maryland Institute College of Art, where he received his MFA in May 2004 from the Mount Royal School of Art.
After completing his MFA, Bryant moved to Brooklyn, New York. In addition to developing his own work, Bryant has worked as an artist assistant in a variety of studios, including that of celebrated contemporary artist, Kehinde Wiley.
In the past four years, Bryant’s paintings have been published in such publications as Thrasher Magazine Juxtapoz, The Baltimore City Paper, The Philadelphia Inquirer Link Magazine, Direct Art Magazine volumes 5 and 7, New Art International, NY Arts magazine. Studio visit Magazine., Flavorpill, and American Artist.