B I O G R A P H Y
The photographic artwork of Jason DeBose began informally in the 1990s when he received his first non-disposable film camera as a present for his 15th birthday. Within weeks of enjoying being able to capture small observations made concerning his surroundings, he got in the habit of taking it with him everywhere he went, a habit that lives on to this day.
Following high school in his native Pasadena, California, DeBose enrolled at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, during which his studies in both film and sociology shaped his dynamic for watching the public with a documentary eye, both noting specific preferences for sharp sight lines of composition, a tendency to take note of visual symmetry and via sociology, an appreciation for how people related to and manage to appear as both integral building blocks and simultaneously products of their environment.
Moving to Stockholm, Sweden for a semester abroad sharpened his visual style as an American abroad for the first time discovering both architecture, public spaces and social environments that bore little resemblance to his American life, and allowed him to react to a sharp change in environment with extreme regularity in his travels through 14 countries in four months.
Since the acquisition of his first digital SLR camera in 2005, DeBose has been shooting as many as 65,000 photographs a year of the locales in which he lives, travels and exhibits his artwork. Following his first exhibition in Los Angeles in 2007, he proceeded to win invitations for his work from more than 40 hotels, restaurants, galleries and museums in seven countries and six U.S. states.
His work can best be distinguished for its soft details, bold colors and deliberately reduced resolution, which has often been mistaken in exhibition spaces for paintings by his audiences. This style has been the impetus of arts grants awarded to DeBose for several projects since 2009, including They Left 150 Years Ago, a documentary-style exploration of Finnish heritage in North America. Since 2016, his work has been represented by Art Nou Millenni Gallery in Barcelona and in autumn 2018, DeBose debuted the show Presidential at ARC Gallery in Chicago, which examines public depictions from 14 countries overseas of America's political leaders, as photographed since 2003.