JUN INOUE

Jun Inoue is a Japanese contemporary artist, born in 1981. Inoue’s unique style of live, adrenaline-charged performance painting displays the metaphysical dimension of his works.

Jun was raised in regional Kanagawa, where he studied traditional Japanese calligraphy, and where his grandfather, a Zen Monk, became a major influence on his philosophy and aesthetic vision. The solidity and grace of the forms in his paintings are evidence of the deeper philosophical foundation behind the gesture. Inoue has been creating since he was a boy. Highly influenced by American youth culture, including hip-hop music and fashion, his graffiti reflected this. It wasn’t until he studied art after high school that he began to identify with his Japanese roots and incorporate his culture into his art. At the time, Tokyo graffiti had become distinctively focused on sweeping movements and minimal abstract shapes. It was in this scene that Jun found the platform for his unique vision, adding to the vivid artistic dialogue that was buzzing across Tokyo’s streets and walls.

Jun is a key figure among current Tokyo street artists, and his work is a combination of two very different styles of art – shodo, traditional Japanese calligraphy, and raku-gaki, or graffiti. This mixture culminates in energetic, vivid and edgy pieces. By uniting the two styles, Jun has re-translated and revived traditional Japanese art to the younger Japanese population and to the western world.

Jun is a member of The 81 Bastards, a crew consisting of five Tokyo’s leading young painters, each representing a rebellious new wave of Japanese art, with a goal to redefine live performance painting. In the US, his art was used in Nike stores and on skateboards and sneakers. Most recently, it appeared in a collaborative range with Tokyo fashion designer Mihara Yasuhiro for Paris Fashion Week, where Jun also splattered the models before they walked the runway.

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SEBASTIEN PRESCHOUX

Sebastien Preschoux, born in 1974 in Paris is deeply touched by the optical art, but also by the values of the teaching of the Bauhaus lauding an instruction centred on the fundamental value of the manual labor.

Sébastien created indefatigably more and more complex drawings being able to compete with what a machine could produce in a few moments.

By this approach he knew how to create a visual confusion at the spectator who can bring this last one to wonder about the origin (human or mechanical) of his works. But only while approaching the spectator will have been able to identify the stigmas of the passage of the human hand, the attitude which Sébastien names the reward of the curious.

His work does not limit itself to a production in 2 dimensions, but finds a correspondence in 3 dimensions by means of thread installations, often realized in natural environment, so offering him a perfect freedom both in term of size and variety. For it he works in association with the photographer Ludovic LE COUSTER, who works with argentic cameras.

 

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SEVERIJA

Severija Inčirauskaitė-Kriaunevičienė, born in 1977, is one of the most famous Lithuanian textile artists and well-known in the international artistic arena.

After graduating from Textile studies (2003) in Vilnius Academy of Arts (VAA) and acquiring the degree of Art Licensee, she has been teaching in the Textile Department of VAA since 2005. Original thinking and technique has earned Severija international recognition. She has won many awards and her works were acquired by significant art and design museums (design museum Rohsska (Gothenburg, Sweden), Leicester Art Museum (United Kingdom), Museum of Civilisation/Les Musees de la civilisation (Quebec, Canada), and private art collectors.

The author’s works were displayed in exhibitions along such famous artists as Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, Erwin Wurm, Marina Abramovich, Damien Hirst, Jenny Holzer, Banksy… etc.

 

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