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BLACK LIVES MATTER  Amplify Them marcusjansen.com  @marcus__jansen  “I’m not interested in ‘pretty’ painting or paintings of aesthetic value, but rather in the soul and character of today’s underlying contemporary topics.” —Marcus Jansen

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BLACK LIVES MATTER
“I’m not interested in ‘pretty’ painting or paintings of aesthetic value, but rather in the soul and character of today’s underlying contemporary topics.” —Marcus Jansen

 

It's Tuesday, so it's time to draw attention to a Black artist, Marcus Jansen. Jansen's paintings are rife with symbolism and expression. They make me think of Basquiat and Bosch at the same time while remaining stoic, emotive, and unique.

Jansen's full artist statement from his website is as follows

"My work examines various aspects of power structures through landscape painting. I’m interested in underlying elements that impact much of today’s society and continue to center my work around economic and global discourse drawing from my many decades of global travel and experience, often resulting in politically and socially charged criticism. I’m not interested in ‘pretty’ painting or paintings of aesthetic value, but rather in the soul and character of today’s underlying contemporary topics. The three dominant elements that influence much of my works are centered around, Economic, Psychological and Military warfare on today’s contemporary life."

—Marcus Jansen (Artist, Veteran)

Check out his website and/or Instagram for more details and to see his luscious use of paint. I don't want to infringe on anyone's copyright, so I'm not sharing his images here. Go look! It's worth it.