Jason's paintings, drawings and illustration are visions of escapism. He creates open-ended narratives in vivid worlds that are populated by the kinds of characters you might have dreamed of as a child. His work is inspired by classic animation, as well as being infused with his love of the natural world and his fascination with the mysteries of the cosmos.

Jason Howe is a fine artist and illustrator whose work reflects not only his love of post-pop surrealism but also his appreciation of traditional drawing and painting techniques. While he is proficient with oils, water colours, pastels and charcoal, he is also comfortable with more contemporary media such as acrylic, spray, markers and digital painting.

Jason was born near the southern beaches of Sydney, Australia and started drawing at an early age in front of the TV. With one hand grasping a texta the other was dipping a spoon into his breakfast cereal while watching his favourite Saturday morning cartoons. More recently he has studied and practiced the fine arts and recently completing the Advanced Diploma of Illustration and Design at Enmore Design Centre, where he was privileged to win the coveted prize for Best Illustration Technique 2013. His first children's picture book, Congo Rock, was published in July 2014 and his second, Never Too Big For A Cuddle, published in 2015.

Now based in Thirroul, N.S.W, Jason Howe has exhibited in solo and group shows in several of Australia's major cities and the US. He is also a founding member of Sketch The Rhyme, an audio/visual performance collective that has taken its improvised speed drawing hip-hop shows around Australia, performing at the Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne Fringe Festivals.

With innocence and playfulness always present in his style, Jason Howe draws endearing characters in vivid worlds. And because of the combination of poignancy and playfulness in his illustrations, readers of all ages find that they are drawn by Jason.

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  • Publications

'A Yarn About Germs' Written by Tanya Perrin. Published by Whittlesea Council

'Never Too Big For A Cuddle' Written by Aly Walsh. Published by Aly's Books

'Congo Rock' Written by Janine Ashley. Published by Aly's Books

'Future Perfect' Magazine Issue 3, Editorial Illustrations

'Eagle Times' Magazine Issue 1, Front Cover

  • Awards

2013 Best Illustration Technique Award from Advanced Diploma of Illustration and Design (TAFE: Enmore Design Centre)

Artist Choice Award at 2011 Chalk Urban Art Festival, Church St, Parramatta, NSW

1992 Dux of Associate Diploma in Fine Arts, Southern Sydney Institute of TAFE.

  • Qualifications

2012-2013 Advanced Dip Illustration and Design (Enmore Design Centre)

1999-1999 BA Fine Arts (Wollongong University)

1991-1992 Dip Fine Arts (Southern Sydney Institute of TAFE)

1990 Cert Fine Arts (Gymea Institute of TAFE)

  • Solo Shows

August 2013 'The Mini Show' (All and Sundry, Wonoona NSW)

July 2012 'Fiery Tails' (Beanstalk Café, Thirroul, NSW)

May 2011 'Fiery Tales' (Monstrosity Gallery, Woolloomoolloo, NSW)

October 2010 'Fl Moon Toon' (At Large Gallery, Northcote, VIC)

December 2009 'Revenge of the Teddybugs' (At Large Gallery, Northcote, VIC)

May 2009 'Otherwise' (Little Fish Gallery, Newtown, NSW)

October 2009 'Artcoustic Sessions' (Abacrombie Hotel, Broadway, NSW)

July 2008 'Cosmic Things' (Little Fish Gallery, Newtown, NSW)

April 2007 'Parallax' (Little Fish Gallery, Newtown, NSW)

July 2003 'Sound of Round' (Knot Gallery. 107/342 Elizabeth St. Surry Hills, NSW)

July 2000 'Faces On Crown' (Crown Street, Wollongong, NSW)

  • Group Shows

December 2014 'Exhibition 9' (Matthew Gillard Gallery, Scarbourough, NSW)

August 2013 'Wild' (Hub Gallery, Newtown, NSW)

September 2011 'Emulator' (Bleeding Heart Gallery, Brisbane, QLD)

August 2011 'Fur' (Monstrosity Gallery, Woolloomooloo, NSW)

April 2010 'Two Sketchy' (with Claire Nakazawa, The Fortwenty Gallery. Fortitude Valley, QLD)

March 2007 'Erratic Art #3' (Long Gallery, Fauculty of Creative Arts, University of Wollongong, NSW)

Mar 2002-Jun 2003 'Various Group Shows' (Knot Gallery. 107/342 Elizabeth St. Surry Hills, NSW)

March 2002 'Soft Strokes, Nice Blokes' (with Paul Gilsenan and Alistair Nicol, Knot Gallery, 107/342 Elizabeth St. Surry Hills, NSW

July 2000 'Paint The World Anew' (with Suze Wright, Faces On Crown. Crown Street, Wollongong, NSW

February 2000 'A Pigment Of The Imagination' (with Paul Gilsenan, Long Gallery, Faculty of Creative Arts, University of Wollongong, NSW)

November 1998 'Flora and Fauna' (with Paul Gilsenan, Cloister Gallery, Faculty of Creative Arts, University of Wollongong, NSW)

August 1998 'Fluna and Faora' (with Paul Gilsenan, University of Wollongong East

  • Festivals, Performances and Installations

Sketch The Rhyme:
2013 Newtown Festival, Newtown, NSW
2013 Residency at The Mac Hotel, Sydney, NSW
2012 Residency at The Mac Hotel, Sydney, NSW
2011 TED X Talks, CarriageWorks, Eveleigh, NSW
2010 Woodford Folk Festival. Woodford, QLD
2010 Sydney Fringe Festival, Factory Theatre, Marrickville, NSW
2010 Sydney Comedy Festival, Enmore Theatre, Enmore, NSW
2009 Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, QLD
2008 Melbourne Fringe Festival, North Melbourne, VIC
2008 Peats Ridge Festival, Peats Ridge, NSW;
2008 Underbelly Arts Festival, CarriageWorks, Eveleigh, NSW

Chalk Urban Art Festival:
2011 Church St. Parramatta, NSW
2010 Church St. Parramatta, NSW

Jurrasic Lounge:
2012 Cartoon Workshop & Pasteup, Australian Museum, Sydney, NSW
2011 Live Painting, Australian Museum, Sydney, NSW