jabart – Jarrod Andrew Becker
(B 1968, Kentucky)
Lives and works out of Erlanger, KY (Greater Cincinnati, OH area)
His work resides in private collections throughout the United States
The Kroger Company
21C Hotels, Cincinnati
Covington, Louisville, and Union, KY
Cincinnati, Columbus, and Dayton, OH
Oklahoma City, OK
Newport News, VA
2017 – BLDG Gallery, Covington, KY
2015 – Covington Arts, Covington, KY
2015 – Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY
2014 – BLDG Gallery, Covington, KY
2013- South Street Gallery, Wilmington, OH
2010 – High Street Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
2008 – Red Tree Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
2007 – Southgate House Gallery, Newport, KY
2006 – Cincinnati Fringe, Cincinnati, OH
2003 – Dicere Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
2002 – Gallery 109, Covington, KY
2001 – Art Omnibus, Cincinnati, OH
1999 – The Cove, Cincinnati, OH
1998 – Base Art Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
1995 – Thornapple, West Chester, OH
1995/1994 – Base Art Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
1994 – The Attic Gallery, Newport, KY
Grants, Awards & Honors
Great Meadows Foundation Artist Grant recipient, 2018
Great Meadows Foundation Artist Grant recipient, 2017
Northern Kentucky Scholarship Exhibition, Third Floor Gallery, Northern Kentucky University, 1994-95
“AEQAI Art Review”, 2015
“William and Mary Review” College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA, 2009
“Citybeat Magazine” “bruder” show review, 2007
“CaGzine.com” Interview, 2007
“CityBeat Magazine”. Articulations: Inside Artists’ Heads, 2006
“William and Mary Review”, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA, 2005
“The Licking River Review”, NKU Publication, Highland Heights, KY, 1995
Somewhat Of A Bio
Jarrod Becker presents and shows his work under the name, jabart.
While he has studied painting & fine art at Northern Kentucky University, Anthropology at the University of Cincinnati, and Political Science at Thomas More College, Becker does not hold a formal degree of any sort.
Being a bit pig-headed and self driven, Becker felt he had more to gain through a path of personal experiential education. He is currently still in that school.
He has done everything from selling boutique wines to working a horse farm, to acting as a supernumerary for the Cincinnati Opera, to photographing muscle cars, to building backdrops & staging at a scene shop before delving into the world wide web and design, working in television media for a LOCAL CBS affiliate for 11 plus years. In that same time, never one to keep still, he founded an art & craft collective and market event based out of Rabbit Hash, KY called Folksiders while also partnering on a digital publisher called Willow Frog creating digital interactive children’s books for which he illustrated and hand painted the pages.
He currently works as a fine artist for BLDG (www.BLDGrefuge.com), an art and design firm in Covington, KY. He has worked on well over 30+ murals, designing, illustrating and/or painting them. These murals can be found in Covington and Louisville, KY, Indianapolis, IN, Columbus, OH, Newport News, VA, Oklahoma City, OK, and Memphis, TN.
Jarrod lives in Erlanger, KY on the railroad tracks in an old 1880’s wood frame monster that lovingly sucks him dry of money, muscle, & effort while he refuels himself with good drink, fine fare, wonderful company, and his art.
Inspiration: All can & will inspire.
The potential is present in everything: a word, the scent of warm wool, painted lines on a roadway, the tilt of a person’s head, milk in one’s cereal bowl.
You have to create inspiration, you have to search for it, design it; you have to want it. There must be a need to be dazzled, intrigued, overwhelmed, interested.
You have to take yourself on little crusades of curiosity and fulfillment.
You have to dig in the dirt to find it, you have to enjoy scratching the surface, you have to sift the sand to find those things that many never see. Here lies the marvel of life.
The marvel is not in the luck of occurrence or the waiting to be hit over the head by surprise, but that which is found through your own personal search and thirsts for wonder.
And if you set about on this search, you will find that inspiration can be the beginning step of a path one cannot stray from.
Because the most important step lies beyond inspiration, and that step is the process of creation. For it is there that lies salvation and one’s definition as an artist and a human being.