Who is JonOne? Depending on whether you just heard of him this year or have followed his career since his arrival in France in 1987- and even before-, you might not know the same painter.
Thanks to constant stylistic mutations and transformations, John JonOne Perello has produced a multi-faceted body of work. From his blue period to his oil paintings, pointillism, compulsive punishments and wild acrylic explosions, he has now mastered a very large range of techniques. And varied too: “it is the price of the evolution of my abstraction”, explains the painter.
“Only when freed from technique can an artist give in to expressionism. In fact, abstraction starts where control stops.” He gave birth to his new digressions in his small studio of the Lilas suburb of Paris, the “suburb of my mind” as he likes to call it. Along with his new experiments.
Made possible by the collaboration of galerists Martine Ehmer and David Pluskwa, the solo show entitled Abstracted Expressionism marks a whole new step in JonOne’s pictorial trajectory. As showed by new spurts of paint writing once again his infamous name “calligraphed in a jazzy vide, with a mere twist of the wrist”, comments the artist, or exclusive acrylic compositions with a density and concentration of colors never seen before in his work, JonOne is undergoing yet another mutation, another evolution in his abstract research.
“If only one voice had remain”, explains JonOne, “I’d like it to be that of my work and its many tones, before that of their author.”
With this exclusive French-Belgian exhibition, Martine Ehmer and David Pluskwa shed light on the diversity and incredible wealth of JoneOne’s work.