Meet local artist Jason Shiver, born in New York he moved to Florida when he was 10 years old. On a return trip to New York he visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art and MOMA it was then that he decided to be an artist and began weaving a path to making that is profession. Upon return to Florida he visited the Dali Museum and the St. Petersburg Fine Arts Museum that also became influential to his artistic endeavors. After graduating high school he attended college for a year but left to raise a family and work a host of various jobs. He began as a graphic artist, printing, corporate sales management but left the corporate world behind.
Working with his hands began when Shiver started painting on the side whilst nurturing a career at Tampa Bay Ship Building and Repair and was taught welding through the Ranger Program. He started steel sculpting and this was his way to learn the craft. While ship-fitting and supporting himself through commissioned works in oils and murals, Shiver began welding for himself and gathering up the equipment he would need.
Jason just finished installing a sculptural installation at Eco Oaks a green LEEDS certified facility that is a shelter for women veterans. This has garnered national attention and set him on the path towards his goals of putting his sculptures in blank public places to share with everyone. Jason’s sculptures have been mostly nature themed and created out of scrap steel with a great deal of gesture and movement in order to bring the “Thing” to life. Shiver enjoys sculpture because of the aura or as he put it “bubble” that encompasses the space around said sculpture.
The subject matter in Shiver’s paintings reflect his various interests. He likes to focus on Florida wildlife and landscapes and after a recent visit our west is currently working on wide open spaces themes. These are an attempt for the artist who sees something so beautiful that the artist cannot contain oneself and has to commit to canvas.
Shiver also has an Allegorical Human Condition series he views as his Masterwork. Themed on man’s evolution and that we as humans are laboring under the misapprehension that we automatically evolve. He feels man’s condition isn’t based upon discoveries and that is just a testament to our intelligence but not necessarily our evolution; that intelligence is what we are using to provide more comfort and not using that intelligence doesn’t further ourselves as a species.
Jason also has a heart for volunteerism and started to volunteer teach at Brandon High School where he taught the kids to weld and had access to their equipment this also led him to get involved with the Ybor Art Association which he is currently serving as President.
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