Jason Arkles

Florence - Italy


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Jason Arkles was born in Washington, DC. In 1996, he travelled to Florence, where he met Charles Cecil, who heads a small, private atelier teaching studio art. Mr. Cecil hired Jason to assist in the construction and outfitting of a new studio for sculpture, a medium not previously offered to the pupils at the atelier. In January 1997, the sculpture room was completed, and Jason stayed on as studio assistant. In April of that same year, Jason became the department's head.

After having learned the main points of the Studio's techniques in drawing, Jason's task was to transpose this technique into a curriculum for three-dimensional work. In effect, the sculpture department at Charles H. Cecil Studios was an experiment in regaining a nearly lost sculptural tradition; the programme is the only fine arts school in the world offering this particular method of training.

In June of 2000, the National Sculpture Society awarded Jason the George Gach Prize, for his entry in the National Sculpture Competition, and the Gloria Medal for his meritorious body of work. Since then he has taken part in numerous national and regional exhibitions in the United States.

Since 2003 Jason has divided his time between his studios in Florence and the US, devoting his career to monumental statuary. His teaching atelier, Studio Della Statua, opened in 2010 in Florence where he passes on the tradition of figurative sculpture to a small number of students. Jason continues his own education, most recently by way of a Master's degree in Sacred Arts from a pontifical academy in Rome. He is currently working on the second edition of his handbook on the technique of sight-size sculpture.