John Reuss is a visual artist born in 1973, in Germany. Being a self taught artist, John Reuss comes from a professional background in graphic layout & design, marketing and communication – and with a BA in Computer Science from the University of Aalborg, Denmark. His work has been exhibited in numerous group and solo exhibitions mainly in Denmark. He is living and working in Denmark.
In his own words:
My work is characterized by contrasts – the juxtaposition of opposites on several levels – which is recognized throughout my paintings. Fine detail, drawn lines and meticulously painted shapes clash with bold brushstrokes, spatters and blurred contours. Soft organic shapes and multifaceted figures meet hard, calculated geometric abstractions. The world I depict is not a physical location in space and time. It is an inner world, a world where thought, emotion and raw cognition defines not only the figures, but also the space they inhabit. For me the creative process is a key to that inner, psychological world – balancing on the border of the conscious and subconscious and revolving around themes like how we relate to the world we live in, the definition of “self” contra the surrounding world, our bodily integrity and mortality. My work often deals with issues such as alienation, loneliness and the pursuit of an unattainable inner harmony. In general I am very interested in the inner life of people and that carries through in the way my figures turn out. Their various disfigurements, missing body parts and multiple angles is a symbol of their psychology and cognitive mechanisms. Labels such as “existential surrealism” or “psychological realism” have often been used about my work – which I think describes it well. I aim to make art that not only tells about me, but also speaks to the viewer and is open to interpretation – that can contain meaning that I myself have not foreseen.
This is a sample of his work
All images © John Reuss