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Jesse Willems

Belgium Born in: 1984

Jesse Willems (°1984) has an interest in exploring the boundaries between the figurative and abstract aspects of street life. When his great grandfather left him a collection of 800 old National Geographic magazines, he started scanning them, looking for tiny abstractions in photographs from the fifties. Thus creating contemporary collages, while working with 70 year old materials. In both his photography and collage work, he works in this same manner. Scanning the streets for small fragments of everyday life, often overlooked, enlarging them until their beauty can no longer be overlooked. This first resulted in the series 'The future - and other jet age inventions', a very first solo gallery show in April 2017.

This first show was a pivoting point toward an even more abstract view on everyday life. Inspired by the avant-gardist movement of the interbellum, and the stoïc philosophy of Epictetus, his work took a more personal approach, closer towards the needs felt in 21st century life. His work got smaller, leaving more space for silence. Ultimately leading to the series 'Chresis ton phantasion'. The rational testing of different impressions, to see whether or not they deserve our assent. By eliminating all clutter, all that remains is the few fragments worth remembering.

Jesse's work is in the collections of the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the MAS Museum Antwerp, and has appeared in publications such as Billboard magazine (US), The New York Times (US), The Times (UK), De volkskrant (NL), …

His first book, Barak Friture was published in the fall of 2014, selling both in Europe as in the US, UK and Asia. The book was on display in stores such as Colette in Paris, and Tate Modern in London.

The collage he made for hip-hopartist Coely earned him a Red Bull Elektropedia Award (1st place, Best Artwork) and a MIA's nomination for best Artwork.

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Jesse Willems, Action-packed intellectual, Drawing

Jesse Willems

Action-packed intellectual, 2019
58 x 42 x 2 cm
Drawing

€ 2,650

Jesse Willems, Point fabril, Print

Jesse Willems

Point fabril, 2020
93 x 73 x 0.2 cm
Print

€ 3,800

Jesse Willems, Pocketful of spring (Left), Photography

Jesse Willems

Pocketful of spring (Left), 2018
127 x 86.5 x 0.1 cm
Photography

€ 3,500

Jesse Willems, Renaissance, Drawing

Jesse Willems

Renaissance, 2020
97 x 67.5 x 0.2 cm
Drawing

€ 3,800

Jesse Willems, The unending watchfulness (Part II), Drawing

Jesse Willems

The unending watchfulness (Part II), 2019
34 x 24 x 0.2 cm
Drawing

€ 2,200

Jesse Willems, Grus Grus, Drawing

Jesse Willems

Grus Grus, 2019
41 x 30 x 0.2 cm
Drawing

€ 1,950

Jesse Willems, Fading Magnolia, Drawing

Jesse Willems

Fading Magnolia, 2019
50 x 37 x 2 cm
Drawing

€ 2,650

Jesse Willems, Il più mondano dei mondani, Print

Jesse Willems

Il più mondano dei mondani, 2020
112 x 82 x 0.2 cm
Print

€ 4,600

Jesse Willems, Muzzles for missiles, Print

Jesse Willems

Muzzles for missiles, 2020
51 x 40 x 0.2 cm
Print

€ 2,600

Jesse Willems, Compact dreams, Drawing

Jesse Willems

Compact dreams, 2020
19.5 x 24 x 0.2 cm
Drawing

€ 1,650

Jesse Willems, Cabaret frisk, Drawing

Jesse Willems

Cabaret frisk, 2020
46 x 64 x 0.2 cm
Drawing

€ 2,850

Jesse Willems, Stock, sales, spirit, Drawing

Jesse Willems

Stock, sales, spirit, 2020
46 x 64 x 0.2 cm
Drawing

€ 2,850

Jesse Willems, Comédie sentimentale Américaine, Drawing

Jesse Willems

Comédie sentimentale Américaine, 2019
81 x 62 x 0.2 cm
Drawing

€ 3,650

Jesse Willems, Old Flamboyance, Drawing

Jesse Willems

Old Flamboyance, 2019
45 x 32 x 2 cm
Drawing

€ 2,450

Jesse Willems, Simulacrum, Drawing

Jesse Willems

Simulacrum, 2019
50 x 38 x 2 cm
Drawing

€ 2,950

Jesse Willems, Pocketful of spring (right), Photography

Jesse Willems

Pocketful of spring (right), 2018
127 x 86.5 x 0.1 cm
Photography

€ 3,500

Jesse Willems, Push-button Paradise, Drawing

Jesse Willems

Push-button Paradise, 2019
107 x 77 x 2 cm
Drawing

€ 4,600

Jesse Willems, The unending watchfulness (Part I), Drawing

Jesse Willems

The unending watchfulness (Part I), 2019
22 x 17 x 2 cm
Drawing

€ 2,200

Jesse Willems, Tokyo Calypso, Drawing

Jesse Willems

Tokyo Calypso, 2020
112 x 84 x 0.2 cm
Drawing

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Jesse Willems, The past is yet to come, Drawing

Jesse Willems

The past is yet to come, 2020
153 x 113 x 0.2 cm
Drawing

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Renaissance

Schönfeld Gallery

Renaissance
From August 30 To October 24, 2020

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