MARCUS JANSEN: ART BORN OUT OF TRAUMA
MODERN URBAN EXPRESSIONISM
Marcus Jansen: “Foreclosure”
I was introduced to MARCUS ANTONIUS JANSEN’S work in 2013, it immediately brought to mind the British artist, Francis Bacon. Bacon produced some of the most iconic images of wounded and traumatized humanity in post-war art. Jansen’s work is also post-war art expressed as the result of trauma and the socialization of urban living.
Marcus Jansen: “Healthy Shopping”
We are going to look at the world of Marcus Antonius Jansen — A DISTURBING URBAN STORYTELLER.
Jansen is noted as a pioneer of urban landscape paintings. He started painting in the early 1980′s during the emerging graffiti art movement in New York.
Jansen, a veteran, was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and was sent to Walter Reed Hospital in Washington D.C. for treatment through art therapy.
Marcus Jansen: “Behind Closed Fences”
After Jansen was discharged from the army he returned to art. He experimented by crossing street elements with abstract art techniques.
Marcus Jansen: “Property 246”
While showing largely in Europe, Jansen’s works evolved into a unique language of politically and socially charged imagery. Though his work makes viewers uncomfortable, it provokes thought and addresses a transforming society that has been moved by world events.
Jansen was commissioned by Warner Brothers (Hollywood) to create an interpretation of the 1939 story of “The Wizard of OZ”.
Marcus Jansen: The word on the street is …
“From Robert Henri, Willem de Kooning, Arshile Gorky to Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jansen is an American, or better a New Yorker, to the marrow. I think he represents, together with British artists, Cecily Brown and Peter Doig, the best part of the great contemporary art, that is rising, in terms of criticism, audience.”–Paolo Manazza, Art Critic, (Founder of Artslife.com), Milano, Italy –
P.S. First date for Jansen’s Museum World Tour will start in Milan, September 7, 2016 at the La Triennale di Milano Museum in Italy.