Jonas Fisch‘s paintings take on the mantle of Jean Michel Basquiat, his pictures a fervent expression of primitive markings and vibrant colours, motifs that bring street art, graffiti and Neo Expressonism together in a single frame. A pictorial space in which words and images bounce off each other, a juxtaposition that brings the artists feelings to the surface, a racing thought process that is both a commentary on society and a visceral expression of living in an urban materialist world.
With no preconceived ideas of what the painting is to be Fisch attacks the canvas with glee and a desire to simply express, to release pent up ideas; figures, words and strange forms coalescing to create a cacophony, a jazz riff that begins with a single note before floating off into a sub-conscious world in which the complexities of reality are given space to dream, to metamorphose into a mythological image that encapsulates all that he is thinking.
When looking into the strange primitive motifs of Fisch’s paintings you’d be forgiven for assuming he’s American, his work a subsumed by jazz, the Beats and street art yet he’s Swedish, from a small fishing village, an artist whose grandmother was the renowned fantasy artist and illustrator Ann-Marie Sjogren. And while it may seem incongruous – a Swede painting like a brash New York street artist – these paintings are a testament to the ubiquity of 20th Century American culture on the world. Here’s what he has to say about his work:
As a fundamentally introspective person I have an explosive need to express and communicate my innermost rays, reflections and shadows. The canvas, the brush and the paint allows me act out, throw up, confront and examine those innermost feelings. Painting becomes my outlet. At a certain moment, each shape, stroke, and color suddenly takes over and the painting reveals itself. It becomes an expressive personal collaboration of art.
I usually don’t have a preconceived image in my mind, rather a general notion of what I want to achieve. I put a lot down, I take a lot away, put some more down then take some more away. At the same time I’m open to changes, like waves, I know will come. My imagery is usually vibrantly buzzing with colourful commentary on society, past and present, morphed into figures, words and shapes.