Jason Bard Yarmosky
Cheerleader, oil on linen, 36″ x 48″
Blame Elaine, oil on canvas, 36″ x 48″
Tight End, oil on linen, 36″ x 48″
Elaine, graphite on paper, 24″ x 19″
40 oZ, oil on linen, 36″ x 48″
Len With Swimmies, graphite on paper, 24″ x 19″
The Queen, oil on canvas, 36″ x 48″
Ballerina, oil on linen, 36″ x 48″
Jason Bard Yarmosky’s most current body of work Elder Kinder addresses the innocence at both ends of the generational spectrum. Yarmosky recruits his eager Brooklyn-born grandparents, two models very close to him, to pose in an assortment of playful costumes. Whimsical yet grounded in their age, each portrait finds a balance between vulnerability, empowerment, and pride. Using multiple layers of oil paint, Yarmosky employs dramatic lighting to create depth, literally and metaphorically. Each character’s stark pose accentuates the inconsistencies of age and appearance. Ranging from a shirtless cowboy to a pensive pink bunny rabbit, Yarmosky’s subjects explore the intersection of jaded seniority and the audacity of youth.
Yarmosky alludes to the entire life cycle in his work. Humor surges upon first inspection of these life-sized paintings’ eager and elderly participants. In graphite, Jason exquisitely renders delicate wrinkles or spider veins quickly making the inevitability of aging, both mentally and physically, overwhelmingly poignant. Chagrin dissipates in the wake of mortality’s resurgence. As Yarmosky’s first completed series since graduating from the School of Visual Arts, his images seethe with fresh audacity. He encourages his viewer to succumb to the revelry of life. Regardless of age or sentiment, it is never too late to reclaim the excitement of youth and denounce the stifling voices of maturity.