J. Kesín


The artist J. Kesín was born in Germany. He has an MA in Cultural Studies and has lived the larger part of his adult life in the UK and Spain. He also spent extended periods of time in Russia and Uzbekistan in the years following the break up of the Soviet Union.

Originally self taught and experimenting with different techniques over the years, he went on to train formally, and is now fully concentrating on his art.

His work is influenced amongst others by the earlier period of abstraction and artists like Kupka and his ‘verticals’, and by abstract expressionism. Kesin usually works with different layers, sometimes involving colour fields, yet usually with a strong graphic, sometimes geometric aspect.

Current works are an attempt at creating abstract personal manifestations of the artist’s perception of different subjects. This is achieved by applying a number of layers, each partly covering the layers beneath. Often each layer represents a different aspect of the subject, in case of literature or a concept this may be in a sequential form. In case of a physical object like a place being involved this might include for example layers representing landscape, architecture, people, markets, events…. but always through the lens of personal memory, encounters, thoughts and emotions.
The choice of colours and their application is partly deliberate and analytical and partly intuitive. In the ‘Stripes’ series the application is mainly limited to vertical strokes and stripes, but some additional graphic elements may be used.
The preliminarily named ‘Horizon’ series so far focuses more on current affairs and general concepts, with more emphasis on the application of thin, transparent layers.

Latest Exhibition:

2021: Layered Perceptions, Solo Exhibition


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