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Jason Koen Bio

Jason Koen, Co-Founder

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The Box Company Co-Founders, Jason and Nancy Koen

The Box Company Co-Founders, Jason and Nancy Koen

JASON KOEN

Bio

As early as 12 years old, Jason worked at Camacho Box... driving forklifts, driving delivery trucks, making sales calls and doing every day operations of the box company. In the early 1990s, Jason’s parents took over Camacho Box, but with the fast and massive production ability of companies, like Georgia Pacific, their family business couldn’t compete and, by the late 1990s, Camacho Box Company closed their doors.

Jason was an avid skateboarder throughout his childhood. And in 1995 Jason and his friend, Danny Sandoval, opened a skate shop called Chrome on Parry Avenue in Expo Park. There, Jason struck up a friendship with neighboring gallerist David Quadrini of Angstrom Gallery. Jason looked up to Quadrini as a mentor in the art scene and began to explore the art world as a fine art professional. Soon thereafter, skateboarding friend, James Cope, mentioned to Jason an opening at the Goss Gallery, which, at the time, was transitioning into the non-profit, The Goss Michael Foundation. Jason took the job as Exhibitions Coordinator in 2008 and worked closely with a long list of British artists including, Damien Hirst, Richard Patterson, Tracey Emin and Marc Quinn along with Michael Craig Martin, who was their professor at Goldsmiths University in London in the 1980s.

Jason left the Goss Michael Foundation in 2011 to start his freelance career in art-related services and exhibition contracting but kept a close relationship with Kenny Goss and Joyce Goss. Because of his history of working directly with artists’ studios on pieces like Marc Quinn’s blood heads, Damien Hirst’s formaldehyde works, Tracey Emin neon works, and Tim Nobel and Sue Webster’s pieces, Jason has been sought out by art collectors throughout the United States as their go-to for their similar works. This catapulted his freelance career once he left the Goss Michael.

Jason also serves on the board of 4DWN, a non profit skateboard park, who’s mission is to foster personal development, education and opportunity to underserved youth through skateboarding and related arts. Located around the corner from The Box Company, 4DWN is an organization who is also helping to rebuild culture and community for the neighborhood.