Spray paint artist Jason Naylor’s colorful murals inspire NYC

Studies show that both creating and observing art can reduce cortisol, the stress hormone. 

New York-based creative Jason Naylor is doing his part to calm and uplift the spirits of his community by designing larger than life murals with inspiring messages, using what he believes to be the most cathartic of all tools: spray paint.

‘Right now, more than ever, people need to be reminded that there is hope, there is light, there is love and that things are going to be OK,’ said the artist.

 ‘And sometimes, just seeing that message on the street is what empowers a person to make things OK, even it’s just a mind shift or change of perspective.’

Fashion for good: Artist Jason Naylor has collaborated with many fashion brands including GUESS, Schutz Shoes, MAC Cosmetics, Rag & Bone and most recently Coach

Fashion for good: Artist Jason Naylor has collaborated with many fashion brands including GUESS, Schutz Shoes, MAC Cosmetics, Rag & Bone and most recently Coach

Fashion for good: Artist Jason Naylor has collaborated with many fashion brands including GUESS, Schutz Shoes, MAC Cosmetics, Rag & Bone and most recently Coach

Positive thinking: 'Right now, more than ever, people need to be reminded that there is hope, there is light, there is love and that things are going to be OK,' said the artist

Positive thinking: 'Right now, more than ever, people need to be reminded that there is hope, there is light, there is love and that things are going to be OK,' said the artist

Positive thinking: ‘Right now, more than ever, people need to be reminded that there is hope, there is light, there is love and that things are going to be OK,’ said the artist

Hello: 'Murals and public art are unique because unlike a gallery or digital platform, they are somewhat in your face'

Hello: 'Murals and public art are unique because unlike a gallery or digital platform, they are somewhat in your face'

Hello: ‘Murals and public art are unique because unlike a gallery or digital platform, they are somewhat in your face’

Jason has collaborated with many fashion brands including GUESS, Schutz Shoes, MAC Cosmetics, Rag & Bone and most recently Coach.

Taking safety precautions during the protests after the death of George Floyd, the luxury accessory company boarded up the windows of their Soho location. 

It took a full day to complete but Jason’s temporary exhibit lifted the spirits of each passerby.

‘When things get dark, it is human nature to seek out some light, and I believe that my murals provide that for people. I mean, I really hope that they do!’

Jason has several other store murals in the works, including Coach’s 5th Avenue location.

‘But I am also stepping aside on some to make room for other artists to spread their messages as well,’ he said.

‘The world has quickly become a gallery and also a platform for important messages to be spread, and there are so many powerful things being painted and created out there. 

‘I’m thrilled to watch it come to life and of course, honored to be part of it.’ 

Vibes: New York-based spray paint artist Jason Naylor is doing his part to calm and uplift his community by designing larger than life murals with inspiring messages

Vibes: New York-based spray paint artist Jason Naylor is doing his part to calm and uplift his community by designing larger than life murals with inspiring messages

Vibes: New York-based spray paint artist Jason Naylor is doing his part to calm and uplift his community by designing larger than life murals with inspiring messages

Size matters: 'A colorful painting on a canvas has nowhere near the impact that the same design on a 30 foot wall can have,' said Jason

Size matters: 'A colorful painting on a canvas has nowhere near the impact that the same design on a 30 foot wall can have,' said Jason

Size matters: ‘A colorful painting on a canvas has nowhere near the impact that the same design on a 30 foot wall can have,’ said Jason

Hope: 'When things get dark, it is human nature to seek out some light, and I believe that my murals provide that for people. I mean, I really hope that they do'

Hope: 'When things get dark, it is human nature to seek out some light, and I believe that my murals provide that for people. I mean, I really hope that they do'

Hope: ‘When things get dark, it is human nature to seek out some light, and I believe that my murals provide that for people. I mean, I really hope that they do’

‘Even if just for a moment, if someone is walking down the street, worrying about rent or their loved ones, or the stock market or whatever, and they look up because something colorful catches their eye, and completely forget their woes because the color overtakes them and the message resonates… well then I feel I’ve done my job,’ shares Jason.  

‘Murals and public art are unique because unlike a gallery or digital platform, they are somewhat in your face. 

‘So if a new mural goes up on a busy street, now everyone who walks down that street on their way to work, every single day, has to interact with that mural.’ 

Jason takes this into consideration and designs with the goal of creating art that will positively affect the neighborhood. 

‘And I hope that my work anchors the community with a reminder that there is love and kindness in this world. I hope my murals provide a source of joy for everyone who passes them.

 ‘By making myself vulnerable and sharing my heart on the street, I hope that people can feel it, and thereby feel empowered to be vulnerable themselves, and embrace these feelings of love, kindness, and hope, so that together we can actually make a dent in this universe.’

Open canvas: 'The world has quickly become a gallery and also a platform for important messages to be spread, and there are so many powerful things being painted and created out there'

Open canvas: 'The world has quickly become a gallery and also a platform for important messages to be spread, and there are so many powerful things being painted and created out there'

Open canvas: ‘The world has quickly become a gallery and also a platform for important messages to be spread, and there are so many powerful things being painted and created out there’

Mood booster: 'I love fluorescent colors because they feel electric, and a message of kindness, love or positivity, in my world, is not a passive message'

Mood booster: 'I love fluorescent colors because they feel electric, and a message of kindness, love or positivity, in my world, is not a passive message'

Mood booster: ‘I love fluorescent colors because they feel electric, and a message of kindness, love or positivity, in my world, is not a passive message’

Grit: 'Visually, street art has edge to it, which I love. The juxtaposition of bright happy colors with the grunginess of spray paint on a brick wall is perfect to me'

Grit: 'Visually, street art has edge to it, which I love. The juxtaposition of bright happy colors with the grunginess of spray paint on a brick wall is perfect to me'

Grit: ‘Visually, street art has edge to it, which I love. The juxtaposition of bright happy colors with the grunginess of spray paint on a brick wall is perfect to me’

‘A colorful painting on a canvas has nowhere near the impact that the same design on a 30 foot wall can have,’ said Jason.

‘Just the scale alone gives it that power. And using that scale to spread something uplifting is quite powerful, and I believe it does provide a really positive effect on the world. 

‘As for myself, knowing that something I am doing might have some positive effect on others is exactly what drives me to keep doing it. There is no greater joy for me than knowing I’ve put a smile on someone’s face with my art.’

Messages: Phrases like You Are Not Alone, Here Comes The Sun and You Have Always Been Essential are brought to life with an expressive color palette

Messages: Phrases like You Are Not Alone, Here Comes The Sun and You Have Always Been Essential are brought to life with an expressive color palette

Messages: Phrases like You Are Not Alone, Here Comes The Sun and You Have Always Been Essential are brought to life with an expressive color palette

Bold: 'I love fluorescent colors because they feel electric, and a message of kindness, love or positivity, in my world, is not a passive message'

Bold: 'I love fluorescent colors because they feel electric, and a message of kindness, love or positivity, in my world, is not a passive message'

Bold: ‘I love fluorescent colors because they feel electric, and a message of kindness, love or positivity, in my world, is not a passive message’

Flow: To balance out the bright tones and create a hierarchy for the composition of the piece, black is also heavily used

Flow: To balance out the bright tones and create a hierarchy for the composition of the piece, black is also heavily used

Flow: To balance out the bright tones and create a hierarchy for the composition of the piece, black is also heavily used

Jason’s work is driven by messages, whether they are literally the subject for the piece or just the inspiration, the messages are always positive and upbeat. 

Phrases like You Are Not Alone, Here Comes The Sun, and You Have Always Been Essential are brought to life with an expressive color palette.

‘Bright colors really support and enhance the messages in a way that feels synergistic to me, like they go hand-in-hand,’ said the artist.

‘I love fluorescent colors because they feel electric, and a message of kindness, love or positivity, in my world, is not a passive message. 

‘It is a bold, confident proud message and can only be conveyed properly with the electricity of a spectrum of vivid colors.’

To balance out the bright tones and create a hierarchy for the composition of the piece, black is also heavily used.

‘First you see color, then you glean the message in whatever way it resonates for you. 

‘And visually, street art has edge to it, which I love. The juxtaposition of bright happy colors with the grunginess of spray paint on a brick wall is perfect to me.’