Visual Artist Feature: Jonas Fisch

by Brandon Bogajewicz August 15, 2018

Visual Artist Feature: Jonas Fisch

An explosion of sounds deserves an explosion of sights, and, after listening to our mix for Volume 035, Jonas Fisch gave us just that. His original piece, More Boom Than A Dynamite Store, is jam-packed with figures, colors, shapes, and meanings. Naturally, we needed to know more. Join us as we explore the art and the artist. Despite the urban flavor of his art, Jonas hails from a small fishing village in southern Sweden. It was as a young child that he fell in love with drawing and painting. He was first encouraged to pursue art by his grandmother, Ann-Marie Sjowgren, an accomplished fantasy painter in her own right. Jonas eventually moved to Los Angeles, where he currently lives and works, exploring the city sprawl with his densely populated works.

Mechanical Sky

Jonas Fisch describes his style as 'Urban Abstract Neo Expressionism', citing Jean Dubuffet's "low art", Willem de Kooning's brand of expressionism, Jackson Pollock drip paintings, and Jean-Michel Basquiat's primitivism as major influences. Jonas also draws inspiration from Carl Jung's research, telling Saatchi Art: " My subconscious has a big influence on my work. Sometimes it’s past or present events that’ll become vibrantly buzzing commentary on society morphed into figures, words, and shapes. Other times it’s personal experiences and emotions that’ll flood my mind and drip onto the canvas. I try and not judge or censor what comes up, but at a certain point, it’s like the painting takes on a life of its own and reveals itself. It’s the point of no return and I have to paint it, whatever it is.". Jonas's works are often huge in scale, with paintings that take up entire walls. These massive pieces are full of figures, messages, and symbols that seem to rearrange themselves as you study them. Much like one's subconscious, layers shift in priority and meaning over time, but his use of color invites study instead of overwhelming the viewer. Whether studied up close or from afar, his paintings and drawings are immersive. They're content to lay passively on a wall: they demand attention.

Burning Air

Jonas's distinct style has placed him in exhibitions all over Los Angeles, as well as in Chicago and New York City. His appeal is international: many of his works are in private collections across the world, selling with online galleries such as MoMa UK, Saatchi Art, and Artspace Warehouse. Press and praise has come from Eventbrite, the LA Times, Art and Cake, Fervent Expressionism, and other key art blogs.

It's hard to find art that clearly draws from a strong lineage of modern artists while still maintaining a unique signature, but Jonas's use of figures, messages, and symbols are inspired without replicating. If you find yourself before one of his works in person, we recommend allotting plenty of time to find what it means to you. Better yet, get a copy of Volume 035 and see what happens as you study one panel...then the next...then unfold the whole thing and see how it all changes. Explore more of Jonas's work HERE.





Brandon Bogajewicz
Brandon Bogajewicz

Author



Also in The Vinyl Moon Blog

Headphones Shopping Guide
Headphones Shopping Guide

by Brandon Bogajewicz February 21, 2019

In our never ending mission to get people to get the most out of their music, we bring you a guide to finding the perfect set of headphones for your budget and listening needs. Besides the obvious advantages of being able to listen to music on-the-go, headphones also offer a chance to get some of the highest-fidelity listening without needing acoustically-treated listening environments and understanding neighbors.

View full article →

Alumni LP Highlight: MUNA -
Alumni LP Highlight: MUNA - "About U"

by Brandon Bogajewicz January 10, 2019

MUNA's fists-raised power pop is proud, drawing from 80's icons like Heart and Pat Benatar as well as more modern artists like Twin Shadow and Robyn. They exploded onto the scene when supporting Harry Styles on tour in 2017, but it was their first album that brought them into the public lens (and caught Harry's attention in the first place).

View full article →

Visual Artist Feature: Nate Harris
Visual Artist Feature: Nate Harris

by Brandon Bogajewicz January 04, 2019

Volume 039 is an introspective record that suggests a direction but lets you choose your path. The album's design needed to share that sense of self-guided meditation. The artwork of Nate Harris was a natural fit, with minimal linework, shapes and silhouettes giving your imagination room to run wild. Join us as we learn more about Nate's background and distinctive artistic style.

View full article →