By Annie Reuter
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Jason Gluskin has been drawing for as long as he can remember but it wasn’t until four years ago that he began painting.
“It all started as my own channel to express myself,” he said. “Coming to New York was a bit of a culture shock. Having grown up in Boston, New York City was a lot for me to absorb. I started painting just to make sense of it all.”
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Having worked in the heart of Times Square, Gluskin found inspiration among the cityscapes and energy of the City.
“I’m a pretty happy guy and like to keep things fun so I think that comes across in my work,” he said. “Friends of friends started asking about my art . . . that’s when I knew something was there. I just took it out of my apartment one day [and] started showing it and have been very flattered by the reception.”
Beginning Tuesday, Gluskin’s paintings will be showcased alongside photographer Mike Lindwasser. The vibrant show is dubbed “City Magic” and is located at a pop-up gallery space at 310 West 43rd Street. With over 40 combined pieces, Gluskin says he and Lindwasser’s styles complement each other well.
Gluskin said his artwork develops in several different ways, but it all begins with being inspired in some capacity.
“Sometimes it’s just a good mood, or I see a captivating setting or building, or I feel like I want to transcribe how some music makes me feel. Often I’ll look at other artists such as Picasso, Van Gogh, Expressionist or modern artists to take in some new influences on style and technique.”
While music is central to his world, Gluskin isn’t partial to any one genre.
“I love all kinds [of music] and love seeing live shows. I like everything from Punk to Classical, Reggae to Country and Hip-Hop. There is good stuff in every genre,” he said. “For my next series I want to paint classic soul musicians such as Smokey Robinson, Otis Redding, Al Green. I just need to find some time!”
City Magic’s opening reception is Tuesday December 6, from 5 p.m -7 p.m. and open to all. The show runs through January 2, 2012. For more on Gluskin, visit his Web site.
310 West 43rd Street
New York, N.Y.
Annie Reuter is a freelance writer and the founder of YouSingIWrite.com.