When you’re around Jason Blower you are surely going to laugh and without a doubt, you’ll learn something new about our great city. This quirky, full-time artist is full of fun and passion and, while he may come off as a big kid, Jason is incredibly intelligent and driven.
Much of Jason’s passion for Edmonton is showcased in his whimsical illustrations and paintings of city landmarks. You may already be familiar with Jason Blower's art and if you haven’t yet been exposed to it, it won’t be long until you are. I know that I’ve seen Jason’s work around local shops like Tix on the Square and the Art Gallery of Alberta, at On the Spot Pop Ups and in friend’s homes and businesses. I’ve been pining for my first Jason Blower piece for a while now, trying to decide which Edmonton scene speaks to me most.
You will find Jason’s art inviting you in to lululemon Southgate. The façade is decorated with Jason’s familiar design elements crafted out of wood. In your travels, perhaps in the most unlikely of places, you will discover one of Jason’s latest commissions at the Skypark Parking Garage downtown (102 Street at 100 Avenue), adding life to an otherwise drab parkade. Jason had the honour of being included in the 2014 Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts and he is a fixture at many art and craft events, often with his parents at his side, assisting. Lately Jason has been focused on his newest project, #helloyegbook, an Edmonton based children’s activity and colouring book that is in the last few days of a successful kickstarer campaign.
Jason’s family is his inspiration and his love. His historian father and author, James, has fostered the appreciation of learning about where you live. Mom, Linda, has clearly inspired Jason as well, as she is an educator and is generous with her time, love and spirit.
There is much to learn and appreciate about Jason. Jason is grounded in solid roots, boasting an education degree that marries well into his love for Edmonton. He is inspired to educate our littlest Edmontonians.
“The more you know about your city, the more you love it. The more you love it, the more you participate in it. And the more you participate in it, the more you make it better” -Jason Blower
Jason’s Big Dream
Jason jokes that you’ve made it in Edmonton when you’ve had a street named after you. In addition to a street, Jason envisions a Jason Blower section within the children’s section of book stores as he continues to create projects to inspire little Edmontonians to participate in their city.
In short, Jason’s Big Dream is to reach more people in different ways, through the art and projects he is involved with.
In the next five years, Jason will:
- Be growing his business, expanding to take on employees while creating comfortability and stability in the work that he does
- Go travelling: backpacking and living abroad
What helps Jason achieve his dreams and goals:
- The generosity of the people around him, friends and family who are always available to help
- The determination to keep moving forward, to just take the next little step
- His Dad’s interest in the past, combined with the generosity and kindness of both his Mom and Dad, has Jason aspiring to do what they do
- Illustrators in general, as there is something to learn from all of them, and specifically, Calef Brown and Kris Pearn
Jason is reading:
Naming Edmonton: From Ada to Zoie – City of Edmonton
Beauty Tips from Moose Jaw: Travels in Search of Canada – Will Ferguson
Jason’s favourite things about Edmonton:
- The River Valley: Jason loves walking his dogs on the trails. The space is so long and vast that it is a total break from the city
- The beginning of the fall season when the weather is crisp and refreshing and the light and leaves are changing daily