Jason Howe is a fine artist, illustrator and designer whose work reflects not only his love of post-pop surrealism but also his appreciation of traditional drawing and painting techniques. With a combination of poignancy, innocence and playfulness always present in his style, Jason draws endearing characters in vivid worlds. His painterly approach warrants a high standard in the production of cute characters for a wide use of subjects and is comfortable and competent in traditional and digital techniques, generating large-scale murals, vector work or watercolors.

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 crayon the other was dipping a spoon into his breakfast cereal while watching his favourite Saturday morning cartoons. Drawing on his passion for Warner Brothers and Disney cartoons, newspaper comic strips, the street art characters of Vaughn Bode and skateboard graphics of the 80’s and 90’s, these styles and influences have been swept up into his imagination and now, whether it’s ball point pen, oils, acrylics even Photoshop, these post-pop-hip-hop doodles dance their way onto paper, panel and pixel and reveal themselves as a delightful abundance of character driven fine art.

Now based on the south coast of N.S.W. Jason has exhibited in many solo and group shows in several of Australia's major cities and the US over the last 20 years. 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 festivals in Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. As well as studying and practicing the fine arts he has recently completed the Advanced Diploma of Illustration and Design at Enmore Design Centre, where he was privileged to win the coveted prize for Best Illustration Technique. His first of many children's picture books, Congo Rock, which he designed and illustrated, was published in July 2014.

Whether they be playful people, animals- anthropomorphic or otherwise, sprites and beasties of the faerie world, Jason’s drafting skills combined with his training in the fine arts, illustration and design will transport you to familiar situations, evocative realms and to places we have grown up with but were just out of reach. And because of these combinations 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