JWAN YOSEF, UNTITLED, 2019, (JY02)
Edition of 999
Printed on velvet
Unique artwork on each side
20 x 20 ins / 50.8 x 50.8 cm
Jwan Yosefs works explore both formalism and autobiographical themes. His subject matter plays around the notion of dualism, a constant search for approval and the process of an initiation. Working within the frame of in-between states, identities and the (un) importance of belonging. Our perception of medium and material is Yosef’s main concern. He consciously uses materials from different spheres— applying high status oil paint to low status acrylic glass. By combining a material commonly associated with fine arts with a plastic material normally found in construction, Yosef plays with the contrast between synthetic and authentic. Yosef’s works are strikingly contemporary, painfully political, critical, and yet: aesthetically, so beautifully simple.