American Artist Austin “Ozzy” Jamieson’s “gamut of tessellation” pulls inspiration from the universe to create displays of chance—“Fate. Rolling dice. Flipping a coin. Employing these and other inventive methods to generate an unknown outcome,” reads his artist statement.
It continues: “This cognitive phenomena is a result of Jamieson’s unhindered theological process. Culture is removed as the artist joins the audience, creating physical space for his subversive art to develop. As process meets performance, a raw universal expression is formed to create something beyond human experience.”
28-year-old Austin Jamieson has a busy life of skateboarding, riding motocross, working as a ski lift mechanic, and mountain biking. During all of these activities, though, he is always looking for new and inventive ways to create something, and his wide range of materials makes each piece a learning experience.
Born and raised in Ogden, Jamieson remembers being fascinated by art and creation. In second grade, he was awarded 3rd place in an art contest in our very own Standard-Examiner. “I remember thinking at that point I would be creating stuff for life,” said Jamieson.
In 2017, Jamieson met Thaine Fischer, one of his biggest supporters, even before the existence of The Monarch. Fischer leased a space to Jamieson and his friends to create and show work. His first public showing as an adult was July 17 of 2017. “It was a proud moment for me because it had been my first experience curating. I have been reaching for the stars ever since,” he said.
“I’ve become pretty well known for my crazy, youthful art shows,” said Jamieson, adding that he’s always been a “face for counter culture” in Ogden. “I have a group of friends that I’ve been creating art with since I was in 7th grade. We’ve always done our thing and never changed. We’ve created a different art scene in Ogden.”
Jamieson believes his art to be different from anything that has ever existed, impacting the Ogden arts scene, and encourages others to explore the unknown. “One day I would love to see people around me making art that channels the random and the unknown and natural processes to really see where this idea can lead.” He credits much of his inspiration to his grandfather, Dave, his biggest supporter, who reads The Standard-Examiner everyday. “If you’re reading this, Grandpa, this is for you. Thank you for helping me believe I could do this. None of this would be possible without you,” Jamieson said. He also credits his great grandfather, Tony, also an artist, who inspired him with his wood carving and taught him the beauty of creating things from a very young age. “I am inspired by everything around me, my friends, nature, love, the unknown,” he said.