Jason D'Aquino is a miniaturist. The majority of his works are minute and meticulously detailed graphite renderings on vintage matchbook and other found surfaces. White hilites are introduced using watercolor undiluted with a single hair brush. The search for these found "canvases" has led him to strange corners of the world and to some unique treasures. He recently unearthed a hand-quilled, illustrated whaling manuscript from St. Petersburg Russia, which made its way to Christie's auction house in New York City.
"The matchbook was a canvas I fell in love with because it carries with it a universally recognizable built-in scale reference. Often collectors will first encounter my work through a blog or magazine article, and this makes it difficult to effectively convey scale...but once they see the matches, they can put the whole thing quickly in context. I also love the matchbook because it is a nostalgic, gritty, cheap little souvenir. I enjoy taking such a worthless surface and turning it into a coveted piece of art," states D'Aquino.