Jason Brown: Collector, Curator, International Man of Intrigue
What characteristics do you most like about yourself?
Honesty, attention to detail and my work ethic. I enjoy my imagination and like to spend a lot of time lost in it.
And what do you like least?
My inability to fit into smaller clothes. I can also be impatient. Next question, please!
Who would you most like to meet?
I’m sorry I never got to meet my Uncle Arthur. He perished in a plane crash coming back from his honeymoon. A tragic story.
What about you would most surprise people?
I accidentally met Pope John Paul ll as I was trying to find a bathroom in the Vatican. I greeted him with a “Shalom.” He was very gracious.
Who has most inspired you?
My friends and artists that I’ve worked with along the way. Without them I have nothing to collect and nothing to curate.
Who is your favorite artist?
The British artist Prunella Clough, who could turn an old pipe into a thing of beauty. Locally, I find Robbie Hunsinger, Jim Sherraden, and the performance artist Matthew Marcum very interesting.
What are you most proud of?
My three-year Cab Gallery project that gained international recognition and the invitation to become a member of the Chelsea Arts Club.
I first visited fourteen years ago for the incredible music; then I met Lori and the rest as they say is . . .
What do you like most about the city?
The sense of community and the collaboration. The potential is enormous.
What do you like least?
It’s growing so fast, which is great, but I hope it retains the small-town charm that drew me here.
What’s your mantra?
Get on with it.
What’s it like being you these days?
If you stepped inside my head you’d hear carnival music. It’s a fun ride.
What is your most treasured possession?
Possibly my 1936 “Picasso” postcard that I’ve been researching for many years.
What is your greatest regret?
I feel strongly about not having regrets. Of course I have made mistakes but no regrets.
What music do you listen to?
Classic Country, Americana, and Bluegrass.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
One of them was taking Hatch Show Print to London for the first time. It was a big success!
What is your greatest extravagance?
Since my first paycheck it has always been art, manuscripts, and travel.
You have five minutes left to live. What are you going to do?
I would be in the Picasso museum in Antibes in the South of France looking out the window at the Mediterranean with a fatty, salt-beef bagel in one hand and a Rusty Nail cocktail in the other and smile and think . . . it’s been fun.
What do you want to be remembered for?
Being interested and interesting.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
More of a natural ability with other languages.
Are you happy with where you are heading?
I have no idea where I’m heading, but I’m happy to take the journey.
What other profession would you consider?
As long as I’m doing something I like, I’m happy.
What film have you seen recently?
I enjoyed Saving Mr. Banks. I was fortunate to meet Robert Sherman in London. A talented man.
What was the last book you read?
Factual Nonsense by Darren Coffield. A great read with references that inspired me.