Born in 1975, in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad W.I., Jason’s formal training in Art was at Trinity College in his native country.
He has been a freelance illustrator since 1997 working with publications like the Caribbean Beat Magazine and the Guardian and Express newspapers. He has worked with advertising agencies, illustrated books, CD covers, designed Carnival costumes and done private and corporate commissions.
His artistic style ranges from the photo-realistic to the cartoony to suit his diverse clientele, who are often amazed that the work comes from the same artist. His leaning towards fantasy art and Carnival subjects are evident in his work which he sees as one in the same. He works in various media but mainly acrylics.
He believes that artists/artistes in a young nation have a duty to engender in a populace the kind of place it can be. They are both the fortifiers and fabricators of identity. This believe guides him in the choice of subject matter he creates and his use of the far-reaching print media.
Apart from painting, he writes horror and crime fiction and is currently teaching English at a government secondary school. He works from his studio in Diego Martin where he also lives with his beautiful wife and two step-children.
Your work is excellent and I like them all especially since I love your use of lively Caribbean colours… It's my favourite Trinidadian Carnival art.
Raphael Luchmenarine / Paris, france
Something in the fantasy appealed to me – it’s hard to say exactly why, except that, on the whole, it avoided the stereotypes…
Anne Hilton / Newsday Newspaper
I want to say thank you!!! My boyfriend loves his piece!! And I certainly do too…I am Trinidadian. And I love my culture. It was such a pleasure to bring back with me to New York 2 of your pieces that I find very captivating.
Melissa Santana / New York, USA
The works are really not about the people in them but are about the viewer, they tend to remove us from the here and now and give us a feeling of inward looking – of reflection.
Your work was the first thing we unpacked. We still have it out on the table ready to take to the frame shop. We were admiring it this evening. I was entertaining the thought of sharing some of it with my mentor who helped me through medical school but I am having difficulty letting even one go.
Cecilia Hosam / West Palm Beach, USA
We really were impressed with your work and it's brilliant when a young, talented artist shows a lot of enthusiasm for his work and of course the history of his country…If more people showed the same pride for your country as you appear to have, it would be a far better place for all that live in Trinidad.
Mike Reid / Aberdeen, Scotland
He is a clean-cut young man who smiles constantly. The other three wore jeans, but he wore black slacks and a short-sleeved white shirt with a vest underneath.
Kevin Baldeosingh / Express Newspaper
Jason Jarvis is probably the most adventurous and engaging – not to mention technically sound - of the group…. The work isn’t cute, it is cutting.
Rubabiri Victor / Sunday Express Newspaper