The Art of Being Queer - Jason Carr

We are honoured to have two of Jason Carr’s original paintings showing in The Art of Being Queer Exhibition!

"American Mourning Dove" - Jason Carr

Artist Statement:

I am a New Zealand born artist who has lived in the UK for 20 years with my practice based in South Manchester . I am a figurative and portrait artist who's themes circulate around the light and dark of life.​ Through my work I strive to challenge myself and push my own boundaries while retaining honesty and rawness through the narrative.Expression through paint is therapy and gives me the freedom to tell mine and others stories in the hope people will relate and not feel alone. My favourite part of the process is listening to the viewers interpretation of these stories as they help me see things in my work that may have been buried in my subconscious.​ I have exhibited in London, Manchester and New Zealand.

Over the past few years I was chosen as a finalist for the Griffin Art Award 2015/Awarded the GFest/Magnum Visual Artist Award 2017/Awarded the Lady Petchey Award as a finalist for the Emerald Winter Pride Art Award 2018. Pre selected for Royal Society of portrait Painters Annual Award 2018.

"Five to Midnight" - Jason Carr

The Art of Being Queer Exhibition explores and celebrates queer artists and their work from around the globe. It provides an identity experience through which we assimilate the ongoing fight for queer representation not only in the art industry, but in mainstream media as a whole. This exhibition is curated by The Art of Being Queer, a growing organisation and podcast that highlights the censorship queer artists of all mediums face every day, and provides a platform on which these artists can showcase their work that is otherwise underrepresented, rejected, or hidden altogether.

The exhibition features multiple artists, all of whom have had different societal experiences and individual sets of struggles linked to their identity. Through art of many types, these brave artists demonstrate that identity, in its purest form, is not defined by biology or culture, but by what is felt within.

The exhibition takes place at Pineapple Black Gallery on the 27th, 28th and 29th of September during Middlesbrough Art Weekender. We would love for you to join us for our launch event on Friday 27th September, 5pm-8pm.

Middlesbrough Pop Up Pride is also taking place the same weekend. Throughout the afternoon, the Outdoor stage will be packed full of live performances. The line-up will be announced on the event page linked above! Alongside the performances, expect street theatre, arts and crafts, workshops and all the stalls and bars of Orange Pip Market. There will also be excellent nightlife events by Sapphires and Tiny through to the early hours.