|Marcus Jansen, ‘Grand Chessboard‘, Oil Enamels, Spray Paint and Oil Pastel on Canvas, 60 x 48 Inches.|
With museum exhibition credits in Italy, Germany and the United States mounting, New River Fine Art proudly welcomes Marcus Jansen to South Florida for a selling exhibition. Jansen’s art responds to politically charged issues and their effects on the human condition with highly expressive, gritty, inescapable grace and beauty. The painterly complexity of his haunting post-apocalyptic style landscapes and still lifes has critics hailing Jansen as one of the most important American painter of his generation. Meet Marcus Jansen and see his socially critical works of art at the opening reception for Merchants of Babylon. Jansen’s art is rooted in the New York Graffiti scene, but years spent in Germany garnered influence from the Expressionists to develop a language that speaks of a world in turmoil with isolation, threat, war, surveillance and greed in competition with innocence, hope and humanity.
|Marcus Jansen, ‘The Desert and Its Tales‘, Oils and Mixed Media on Paper, 19 x 20 Inches.|
“Jansen has been called the cartographer of conflict” stated Lisa Burgess, owner of New River Fine Art. “His colors, textures and calligraphic marks imbue an intensity and power to his large-scale paintings that render the human figures seen in many of his works as humbled within the chaos of the surrounding imagery.” Jansen is no stranger to this type of chaos. A veteran of Desert Storm and Desert Shield, he has seen the ravages of war first hand and the experience left an indelible mark on the artist and informs his work.
|Marcus Jansen, ‘The Rock In My Hand‘, Oil Enamels, Spray Paint, Oil Pastel and Collage on Canvas, 84 x 72 Inches.|
Gallery Director Wissam Elghoul says “Jansen uses light and color to convey a sense of hope in his post-apocalyptic style landscapes. Despite the turmoil, there is a sense that humanity may prevail”. When asked about his own work, the artist comments, “A Painter’s conflict first takes place from within. What you see on canvas is the outcome of decisions based on an intellectual and visual combat. I don’t see my work as political paintings, rather as critical social commentary opposed to political rhetoric.” Political or not, critics are hailing Marcus Jansen as one of the most important American painters of our generation.
|Marcus Jansen, ‘Faceless Jackass‘, Oil Enamels on Canvas, 74 x 50 Inches.|
The exhibition includes 20 works of art created between 2011 – 2019. A full color exhibition catalog is available. The opening reception for the artist will take place on April 25th at the gallery from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. New River Fine Art is located at 822 East Las Olas Blvd in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
|Marcus Jansen, ‘Water Rising‘, Oil Enamels, Mixed Media on Canvas, 48 x 48 Inches.|
New River Fine Art is a world class gallery filled with museum quality art. As South Florida’s oldest and most prestigious fine art gallery, New River Fine Art presents original works and fine prints from Impressionist, 20th Century, Post War and Contemporary Masters, Mid Career and Emerging Artists. Located in the heart of historic Las Olas Boulevard, the gallery infuses its impressive selection of Masterworks with fresh offerings from contemporary painters, sculptors and glass artists to create a collection that is both historically important and current with today’s art market. For more information, to schedule interviews or for high-resolution images, please visit www.newriverfineart.com