Jwan Yosef b.1984
With a background in both painting and video art Jwan proceeded in combining the two different practices in a complementing manner. Where the image sources for his painting initially came from his own video work, focusing on a still yet moving image. This became a focal point in making rigid images in motion.
Focusing on portraiture this relation to painting became the focus
of my practice, wanting to work with a classical medium of painting but at the same time resisting its most “heavy”
foundation that is canvas.
This is where the actual process of the painting became central. Working towards conceptual painting with a performative behaviour, yet still portraiture, I moved on to working on canvas. At this stage a blank canvas would represent my reluctance to working on it. Where my initial fear or pressure of “making art” was again brought up in the surface of, and portrayed in, the making and unmaking of a canvas painting.
” Art is a kind of language; one needs to know how to read it in order to grasp it. In periods I look at art as a divine way of communicating, a way of speaking directly to the soul. “
Photographs and text courtesy of the artist