Jeanjerome’s artistic universe brims
Jeanjerome's artistic universe is a paradox
W ith bold colors juxtaposed with subtle work in halftones: a voluble geometry of burgeoning spheres in the midst of an explosion of forms. From this interchange, the paintings powerfully spread vital radiance far beyond their canvases.
As an adolescent, Jeanjerome explored the art of tagging, graffiti and sculpting. His references were, and remain, urban culture and hip-hop. His discovery of the book “Spraycan Art” and his relationship with his teachers, Patricia and Philippe Legendre-Kvater, who integrated him into the Ecole d’Art d’Etampes, were triggers to his approach. Their technique of “design through play” was among those he studied.
His starting point?
Street Art, of course. But not just Street Art; Art Nouveau as well. He appreciates the curves, daring colors and decorative appearance embodied in Art Nouveau. When we regard an artist we perceive that s/he addresses the canvas as though beginning the lengthy labor of a jeweler who ignores the outcome. Yet, in the finished canvas, the artist reveals a sense of composition, color balance and lines!
It is in this spirit of discovery for the viewer that Jeanjerome enjoys sharing his art through live performance.
This willingness with which he marks urban space with his aesthetic relates to the concept of Art Nouveau: every medium makes sense once it introduces the possibility of art into our daily lives. Out of his concentration flows a vitality and creativity which adapt to the textures of the support before him in an elegant and urban orchestral movement.
" Spraycan Art »* Henry Chalfant and James Prigoff
* Philippe Legendre-Kvater " I learn to draw through play », Edition Fleurus
Frank colors applied in flat tints, juxtaposed with a subtle work of halftones; a voluble geometry, an explosion of meticulously delimited forms, never completely framed. From this painting emanates a vital energy which spreads powerfully beyond the canvas, even in large format.
His adolescence, he spent in Etampes. He then discovered tagging and graffiti: salvaged paint, shoe polish, he managed to find something to express himself on the walls of the city. He also makes drawings on paper, which he sells. His references are then those of hip hop culture, from the Zulu Nation of Afrika Bambaataa to Mode2. Jeanjérôme's artistic trigger is also the discovery of a book, Spraycan Art by Henry Chalfant and James Prigoff. His luck, the Etampes School of Art and his meeting with Patricia & Philippe Legendre-Kvater (author of the books "I learn to draw through the game Fleurus edition), who take it under their wings.
His starting point? Street Art, of course, but also Art Nouveau. He appreciates the curves, the colorful audacity, the decorative aspect. He camouflages them, creates effects, plays with the multiplicity of possible readings. When we observe him at work, Jeanjerome approaches the canvas from a small corner, beginning a long work of goldsmith whose outcome he himself does not know.
And yet, the finished canvas reveals a consummate art of composition, of the balance of colors and lines of force. With a dazzling smile and a sideways glance, the artist plays on ambiguity as a master. Under the brush, a frenzied desire to live, to "get out of it". A dazzling positivism, like an insolent snub to all the impasses in which he could have gotten lost. The will of the graffiti artist, who marks the urban space with his imprint, joins here the concept of total art of Art Nouveau: any medium makes sense, which introduces the possibility of art into our daily lives.
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