Jonathan Meese Biography

Often known for his controversial and ambiguous political statements issued through paintings, sculptures, installations, and performances, Meese’s practice is routed in the German traditions of Dada and Fluxus, drawing inspirations from artists like Joseph Beuys. His provocateur disposition and the proclamation of ‘Dictatorship of Art’, often walk the fine line between provocation and blasphemy, catharsis and exorcism, or personal idolization and political criticism.

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Meese’s paintings, drawings, and installations, indebted to the German Neo-expressionism of the 1980s, are stylistically garish. His seemingly careless technique feigns then naivete of an enfant terrible. On his canvas, Meese applies tubes of acrylics, crayons, graphite, ink, and watercolour with complete rejection to preconceived notions of painting. His images are often collaged with found objects, original photographs of political figures (or of himself), and written as graffiti of political manifestos (or his own) in untranslatable German and English neologisms.

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ICH BIN'S: YEAH, KNACKIG UND A BISSERL' HEXENSCHISSIG! by Jonathan Meese contemporary artwork painting
Jonathan Meese ICH BIN'S: YEAH, KNACKIG UND A BISSERL' HEXENSCHISSIG!, 2023 Acryl und Caparol-Dispersionsbinder auf Leinwand
60 x 50 cm
Galerie Krinzinger Request Price & Availability
KAMPFPOST PONY! by Jonathan Meese contemporary artwork painting
Jonathan Meese KAMPFPOST "PONY"!, 2023 Two parts, acrylic on nettle
210.5 x 280.7 x 3.3 cm
Sies + Höke Request Price & Availability
FRAGRANCE ERZLAND! (ZEIGEFREUDIG) by Jonathan Meese contemporary artwork painting
Jonathan Meese FRAGRANCE "ERZLAND"! (ZEIGEFREUDIG)", 2023 Oil and acrylic on coarse untreated cotton cloth
240 x 360 x 4 cm
Templon Request Price & Availability
SEA SCAPE I (EIS) by Jonathan Meese contemporary artwork painting
Jonathan Meese SEA SCAPE I (EIS), 2014 Oil and acrylic on canvas
40.4 x 30.2 x 3.1 cm
Patricia Low Contemporary Request Price & Availability
PIZZA KATZE STINKI! (WECK‘ MICH EIN) by Jonathan Meese contemporary artwork painting
Jonathan Meese PIZZA KATZE STINKI! (WECK‘ MICH EIN), 2022 Acrylic, Caparol dispersion binder and mixed media on canvas
210.5 x 140.3 cm
Sies + Höke Request Price & Availability
WO BLEIBST DU, KUNST!? by Jonathan Meese contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Jonathan Meese WO BLEIBST DU, KUNST!?, 2022 Acrylic, acrylic putty and Caparol dispersion binder on canvas
50.3 x 40 x 3 cm
Knust Kunz Gallery Editions Request Price & Availability
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