It’s Day 341 and I really had a great time with today’s painting. I love the style and somewhat therapeutic effect it had on me. Please join me in honoring Len Jessome today. I couldn’t find a photo of him online so I decided to use a self portrait.
Canadian artist , Leonardo Jessome was born in 1963 in Hamilton, where he lives and works. He left his career in 2000 to devote himself full time to his artistic activity. Its very singular work is already present in many private collections in North America and Europe.
His work is based on the human condition and man’s place in contemporary society . He painted portraits of rare intensity in a unique graphical style .
His inner demons led him naturally to the raging street art but it’s
not the bomb attack that the artist but his canvases with brushes in a raw style , powerful and free.
i have a manic need to create—my work is based on the temporality and fragility of life and all the experiences life may encompass. i use whatever medium is available to express an idea. sometimes i use house paint, industrial rust paint and / or mix these with artists paints, each has a unique property and express ideas differently.
flowing industrial paint achieves different results than artists oil. as in life not everything mixes as perfectly as one might hope, exceptions are made to the exclusion of others. as a result my work may patina and change over time.
It is the capturing of the idea that is key. the patina records the passage of
time. the style of my work changes often, expanding my awareness and perceptions.
i like that my paintings live in many parts of the world. snippets of my thoughts and feelings scattered around this earth that will remain when i am no longer here.