Jason Patterson is an Illinois based artist whose work predominately deals with the African American condition and history. Patterson employs portraiture to chronicle lives, time periods and cultural significance, of the African Diaspora’s presence in The United States. He re-creates significant imagery with an original utilization of soft pastel. These works not only represent the people they depict, but also the visual media of which the original image was created. His work makes reference to the cultural and historical importance of photographs, film, and video. The technical tools we use to see and represent our past, and what we use to visually organize and archive culture.