Jean Gfeller: 2/1,60M

Jean Gfeller

Artwork’s Title: ‘2/1,60M’

Materials Used: Acrylic on Canvas

Year: 2019

Studio Based: Nantes (FR)

Jean Gfeller, 2/1,60M, 2019, acrylic on canvas

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Can you tell us about the process of making your work?

Jean Gfeller

In my paintings, I try to explore the depths of figuration. Each composition becomes a story itself. All alone, I consider them fragments, artifacts but when I hang them altogether, they speak and answer each other. They also form one and the same entity. I would also like to speak about layering. Because when I paint, the first layer always have some imperfections. So because of that, I create several layers with different opacity. But I always have in mind that I want to let the first layer to be viewed. This process allows me to be more genuine and shows the evolution of the story told through my painting. The aim is to show symbols such as words or colors which create in itself a hidden narrative or a missed attempt but an assumed one. It usually leads me into questioning myself about the process of creation.

How would you define your work in a few words (ideally in 3 words)?

Folk, Brut, cryptic.

Would you use another three different words to describe the 2/1,60M’ painting?

Politics, Familial, Humoristic.

How did you come up with this painting idea? Is there any story behind this painting?

My work is all about the updates of Swiss figures of folk imagery in old collective values. And particularly the influence of the banks in all cultural and political spheres. This painting talks about the difficulties that the independent farmers in Switzerland usually face. It also reflects the daily pressure that the banks put on them for more profitability.

What colour is used the most in this painting?

The color white because I covered it several times.

What would be the best way to exhibit your work?

I would say in a secret bunker lost in the Switzerland mountains.

Can you mention any artists you, lately or generally, take inspiration from?

At the moment my inspirations are Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Erich Heckel, Hodler and Honoré Daumier.

How do you know when this painting was finished?

When I feel satisfied with it I guess.

What about the place where you work? What’s your studio space look like?

I work in a 8 m2 studio. There is painting and pictures everywhere, fake plants and full ceramic breasts looking at me.

Is there any particular message that you wish your viewers can take from this painting?

I want everyone to have his own interpretation of the subjects that I focus in my art, in any case I am not trying to moralize anyone. I only try to represent my vision of Switzerland as it is today with it’s pros and cons.

Which exhibition did you visit last?

The museum of Fine Arts of Nantes.

Which are your plans for the near future?

I would say start my Master next year, produce more creations and see where the wind blows.

Additional Works

Jean Gfeller, Zürich Reich, 2019, acrylic on wood,100 cm x 70 cm
Jean Gfeller, Basel Reich, 2019, acrylic on wood, 100 cm x 80 cm
Jean Gfeller, untitled, 2019, acrylic on wood, 40 cm x 30 cm

© All images are courtesy of the artist

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