Anyone can paint, what Jason does is enchant. His drive to balance the straightforward documentation of his subject with the power of capturing its essence is evident in every one of his paintings. For Jason it's not just about putting paint to paper--it can't be, otherwise there's no emotion, no magic, no purpose. There's life in what he depicts, be it the twinkle in a dog's eye or that moment of the day when the perfect light falls into a room--there's more than just paint at work. Be it in the rigor of his technical work or the whimsy in his more fantastical paintings, there's always an underlying earnesty to his art.
Jason dreamed of being a marine biologist--until he realized that he just liked painting fish. He was told artists don't make a living until they're dead--so he took to architecture. After painting and drawing his way through college, Jason spent the next 14 years creating ornate jewel box apartments, estates that rival Mir-a-Lago and top-to-bottom custom hotels.
After 9+ years in traditional Architecture firms, Jason Co-Founded Atelier & Co., a design firm focused on bringing things to life through drawing and painting with Richard Cameron--expanding their already successful interiors and building design company into branding, illustration and art.
Jason then went on to launch The Jason Grimes Co.--a one man (and one dog) design and illustration studio, striving to balance the rich intellectual history of architecture with Jason's insatiable curiosity for the peculiar.
PRESS, PRINT & CLIENTS
Jason's illustrations have appeared in Elle Decor, Town and Country Magazine, Womens Wear Daily (WWD), Lucky Magazine, and Traditional Building Magazine. His Architectural work has appeared several times in Architectural Digest and numerous digital formats from today.com to variety.com. His illustration clients and collaborations have included COACH, Aerin, Macklowe Properties, Jayne Design Studio, Delphine Krakoff, Billy Cotton, Livingston Builders and Ferguson & Shamamian Architects--I can keep going if you'd like.
His work has been published in Life at the Top: New York's Exceptional Apartment Buildings by Kirk Henckels and Anne Walker, New Traditional Architecture: Ferguson & Shamamian Architects by Richard Guy Wilson, and The Art of Classical Details by Phillip James Dodd.
Jason was born in Southern Ohio, raised in Naples, Florida and educated at the University of Miami (B.Arch.). He now lives and works in New York City. In addition to his architectural watercolors and design work, Jason is currently illustrating his first children's book and has upcoming collaborations with PAOM , Nusa Indah Surfboards, and Trinket Films.