Ilford artist launches Music for the Eyes exhibition in Valentines Mansion

PUBLISHED: 11:00 01 March 2018 | UPDATED: 11:07 01 March 2018

John Lennon by Jason Rose. Picture: Jason Rose

John Lennon by Jason Rose. Picture: Jason Rose


An Ilford artist is blurring the boundary between sight and sound at an exhibition opening at a gallery in Valentines Park.

Jason Rose at work in his Valentine's Mansion studio. Photo: Jason RoseJason Rose at work in his Valentine's Mansion studio. Photo: Jason Rose

Painter and pianist Jason Rose’s debut solo exhibition Music for the Eyes runs at Valentines Mansion, in Emerson Road, from March 4 and 27.

On display are eight original black and white portrait paintings, each featuring a colour effect made using musical vibrations, accompanied by an original soundtrack.

The Recorder spoke with Jason to find out more about his inspiration and unique painting technique.

“I started with painting. But I wanted the people in the paintings to be a part of the music”, he said, talking about his creative process.

Portrait by Valentine Mansion artist, Jason Rose. Picture: Jason RosePortrait by Valentine Mansion artist, Jason Rose. Picture: Jason Rose

“As I was sitting at the painting and was getting ideas on the keyboard as well.”

Jason drew inspiration from symatics - geometric shapes that can be created with sound under special scientific conditions.

“Seeing that really inspired me to come up with the idea to vibrate coloured paint with music and see what shapes come from the music,” he said, adding: “I placed different colours of paint on a canvas over a speaker and turned it on,”

“It was like watching the colours dance over the canvas, forming intricate patterns out of the chaos of sound.”

“It would create these really interesting, beautiful fractal patterns.”

In painting a portrait of his son Alex, Jason used a sample of the sound of sun recorded by NASA to vibrate gold sequins on his son’s jacket.

The Beatles 1967 classic I am the Walrus was used to vibrate paint in depicting the likeness of John Lennon.

On display in the gallery is also a video documenting Jason’s creative process.

Music for the Eyes focuses mainly on Jason’s family and friends, with John Lennon being an exception.

But in future Jason plans to portray more famous celebrities using his uniqiue technique.

As well as being resident artist at Valentines Mansion, Jason teaches art at Redbridge Institute in Gaysham Avenue.

The exhibition is open on Sundays and Tuesday from 11am to 4pm and guests can buy Jason’s music and artwork.

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