Jason Hicks was born in Wanganui in 1973. He attended Victoria University in Wellington and graduated in 1997 with a Bachelor of Design, majoring in photography. He has become known for his paintings, and has exhibited widely.
Jason’s work is spiritually and socially aware, exploring New Zealanders affinity with the land and our sense of identity. His imagery at the same time references our past and invites contemplation of the future. Jason loosely draws his images in pencil and then over paints in oil, creating a layering effect. This culminates in work that is both formally rich in texture and robust colour and also conceptually profuse with meaning. Such richness captivates at first glance and sustains a fascination over time. “In each layer a level of meaning can be scratched away, revealing home truths…” His recent works use recycled timber which adds to these layers while further evoking a certain nostalgia and strength. Hick’s work has featured in many New Zealand publications and his works are held in major private and corporate collections, both nationally and internationally. He has been selected for several major art awards, including the Norsewear and Waikato Art awards and the Rosl art UK travel scholarship.