Jason Astorquia
Oakland, California

Jason Astorquia recognizes that money is important to the way we think, act, and relate to one another. His “Impressions” series is made up of abstract paintings that are created using the impressions of pennies. Like the mark of consumption on society, Jason repetitively brands his canvases with the mark of physical money. There is a Pop Art element to the work in its bold primary colors, geometric sense of design, and conceptual meaning. His work is as close as you may get to hanging actual money on your wall, a concept that Andy Warhol introduced and played with in his own work. It is evident that there is a lot of planning and precision that goes into each piece. The compositions are like binary code, repeating forms in organized rows to create one large cluster of information. The work is very different up close and from far away. Viewed up close, you can see the layers of texture left by each impression. Each penny has left behind a variable amount of information and color, creating a surface full of uniform irregularities.

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Gumballs & Wonder Bread

Acrylic painting on stretched canvas
Signed on front

60" h x 48" w x 1.5" d
18 lbs. 0 oz.


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This piece is from my Impressions series. All pieces in this series are created using the impressions of painted pennies. Money, in intent and consequence, impresses us. Subtly, imperceptibly, it leaves a mark. Materially worthless, it has been awarded great value. It compels us to action, it compels us to wit. A model for equality that feeds on necessity and desire, that rewards innovation and toil, that rewards slight of psychological hand. A zero-sum game without fixed supply. The manifestation of the minds of men. Allocation transcends generations and, more often than not, dictates lot.

The impressions series – figurative, literal – explores the subconscious impact of an abstract concept. Money’s impression influences perception.

This piece is on a gallery wrapped canvas with finished edges. It comes ready to hang. 

Acrylic painting

Acrylic paint was made commercially available in the 1950’s. Acrylic is a fast drying paint that can be diluted with water, but becomes water-resistant when dry. Acrylics can be applied in thin layers and washes to resemble watercolor paints, or they can be applied in thick layers, built up for texture. The main difference between oil and acrylic paint is the drying time. Oil dries slowly, allowing more time to blend colors and apply glazes. Artists who use acrylic paints typically work faster than those who use oils. Additionally, acrylics offer more versatility and are often used for mixed media work. Artists can mix different materials into the paint, such as sand or rice. They can also apply other media on top of the dried acrylic, such as pastel or pen.

Stretched canvas

Canvas is a heavy-duty fabric used as a painting surface. When a canvas artwork is labeled stretched, it means the canvas has been wrapped around a wooden frame (the ''stretcher''). Stretched canvases typically do not require framing.


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