Jean-Jacques Stephen Alexis

About JanJak II

My work explores the relationship between the colors of my native Island and the desire to translate on canvas the Caribbean identity and the Marvelous Realism displayed in the works of Alejo Carpentier, Jacques Stephen Alexis and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. My influences are as diverse as Herve Telemaque, Ti Ga and Levoy Exil. New variations are pursued, but with every brush stroke, I aim to bring the warmth of the Island Sun and the desire to capture something of this unique but elusive Caribbean “essence”. Ever since I was a child, while taking art classes at “Poto Mitan” and the “Musee d’Art Haitien”, I have been fascinated by the marvelous colors of Raymond Olivier, the mysticism of Rose-Marie Desruisseau, the shapes of Patrick Vilaire, and the surrealism of Bernard Sejourne. In my work, I intend to render a fusion of all of these influences and trends, to deliver accidental magic, simple, strange, and powerful, like Jean-Michel Basquiat, innocent yet violent like Purvis Young, and wild like Indian bad boy MF Hussain. What starts out as a line, a portrait, or a still life, inexplicably takes a trip towards the unknown, and the surreal soon becomes manipulated into a cacophony of colors, leaving only a sense of confusion, yet attractive to the eyes. As temporal phenomena become distorted with interventions from dreams mixed with everyday landscapes, the viewer is left with a statement of joy and the feeling that working with colors suggests an authentic

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