Oil painting on canvas.

Jason Stopa, Last Garden City (2023). Oil on canvas. 23 x 28 in. Photo Credit: Adam Reich.

My paintings are composed of geometric and architectural compositions. I am interested in creating a sense of space and place that is idealistic. My paintings use structural and arabesque shapes composed of thin washes of oil paint, alongside ornamentation such as lattice, to create works that hint at a physical existence yet remain flat, dimensional forms on canvas. Throughout my practice, I have used the language of color and abstraction to mine and undermine the concept of utopia.

Jason Stopa (b. 1983, United States) is a painter and writer living in Brooklyn. He received his BFA from Indiana University Bloomington and his MFA from Pratt Institute in NYC. Recent solo shows include DIY Paradise at Assembly, Houston, TX (2023), Garden of Music at Diane Rosenstein, LA (2023) Joy Labyrinth at Morgan Lehman in NYC (2021). Recent group exhibitions include Intuitive Nature: Geometric Roots & Organic Foundations at The Schneider Museum, Ashland, OR (2023) Wayne Thiebaud Influencer: A New Generation, at Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at UC Davis, CA (2021), Light (curated by Rico Gatson) at Miles McEnery Gallery in NYC (2021), What's It All About at Jenkins Johnson Projects in Brooklyn (2021). Stopa is Assistant Professor of Fine Arts at FIT and a contributing writer to The Brooklyn Rail, BOMB, Hyperallergic, Momus, and artcritical, among other art journals.

About Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program

The Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program awards rent-free non-living studio space to 17 visual artists for year-long residencies in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Its mission is to provide working studio space and community for artists. Artists are selected annually based on merit from a competitive pool of applicants by a professional jury comprised of artists and members of the SWSP Artists Advisory Committee.

The Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program is the new face of the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation Space Program, developed for artists, by artists in 1991. In 2014 the program was renamed the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program to honor the legacy of Marie Walsh Sharpe and reflect the new sponsorship and commitment of the Walentas Family Foundation.