PHOTO BY GUILLAUME ZUILI
JONONE SOLO EXHIBITION “A BEAUTIFUL MADNESS” AT FABIEN CASTANIER GALLERY
SPECIAL PREVIEW NOVEMBER 1, 7 – 9 PM (OPEN TO PUBLIC)
OPENING RECEPTION NOVEMBER 3, 7 – 10 PM (OPEN TO PUBLIC)
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC NOVEMBER 3 – DECEMBER 2
12196 VENTURA BLVD., STUDIO CITY, CA 91604
Fabien Castanier Gallery is proud to present A Beautiful Madness, the first solo exhibition in the USA by JonOne. Though raised in New York, JonOne has lived in Paris since the mid 1980’s where he has established himself as an artist, building a career that has spanned over 20 years.
From his early days as a youth, tagging the streets of Harlem, JonOne has always emphasized a painterly approach, bringing brushes instead of spray cans to tag subway trains. Drawing from the energy and freedom of painting in an urban landscape, he translates his roots as a graffiti artist into paintings that are a completely unique form of abstract expressionism. Akin to Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning, JonOne¹s pieces exhibit an enormous sense of movement and color. His compositions combine freestyle, precise strokes, repetition and texture for a uniquely balanced yet dynamic visual experience.
³…my life is very fast-moving and intense, and I hope I convey that energy through my work. [My paintings] represent me but in a different dynamic from when they were linked to a street context. The way I present my work has changed but I can¹t deny my roots or my schooling. Even so, I don¹t see myself as a street artist because I don¹t feel that need to go out and do stuff. I¹m not committed to a cause. I¹m someone who¹s converted the negative to positive and today my work is done in the studio.” JonOne, Transformations
(Interview with Marie Maertens, March 16, 2012)
JonOne¹s paintings represent a new era of contemporary artists who have moved beyond their roots as graffiti writers to establish themselves as painters. Recognized internationally for his urban contemporary paintings, JonOne has stayed true to his artistic vision. From Paris to Shanghai, Casablanca to Hong-Kong, he has exhibited in galleries and art fairs around the world, resulting in a tremendous response from both the public and collectors as well as at auction.
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