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b. 1970, Japan

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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'FULLE: TELESKOP-BOY IM TOTALSTEN GEMÄLDE!' by Jonathan Meese contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Jonathan Meese'FULLE: TELESKOP-BOY IM TOTALSTEN GEMÄLDE!', 2021Acrylic and caparol dispersion binder on canvas
210.5 x 140.3 x 3.3 cm
Galerie Krinzinger Contact Gallery
MEIN BLUT FÜR DEN MELONENKÖNIG MABUSIS! (ABRIDGED) by Jonathan Meese contemporary artwork painting
Jonathan Meese"MEIN BLUT FÜR DEN MELONENKÖNIG "MABUSIS"! (ABRIDGED)", 2021Acrylic and caparol dispersion binder on canvas
210.5 x 140.3 x 3.3 cm
Galerie Krinzinger Contact Gallery
BIST' KUNSTSCHWANGER, ODER AUCH!?! by Jonathan Meese contemporary artwork sculpture
Jonathan MeeseBIST' KUNSTSCHWANGER, ODER AUCH!?!Mixed media
132 x 50 x 45 cm
Galerie Krinzinger Contact Gallery
Nonninei in Ahrensburg by Jonathan Meese contemporary artwork painting
Jonathan MeeseNonninei in Ahrensburg, 2006Oil on canvas
365 x 200 cm
Gary Tatintsian Gallery Contact Gallery

Jonathan Meese Recent Exhibitions

Jonathan Meese Represented By

Templon contemporary art gallery in 30 rue Beaubourg, Paris, France Templon Brussels, Paris

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