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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, Il più mondano dei mondani, Print

Jesse Willems

Il più mondano dei mondani, 2020
44.1 x 32.3 x 0.1 inch
Print

$ 4,779

Jesse Willems, Pocketful of spring (Left), Photography

Jesse Willems

Pocketful of spring (Left), 2018
50 x 34.1 x 0 inch
Photography

$ 4,401

Jesse Willems, Action-packed intellectual, Fine Art Drawings

Jesse Willems

Action-packed intellectual, 2019
22.8 x 16.5 x 0.8 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$ 3,332

Jesse Willems, Cabaret frisk, Fine Art Drawings

Jesse Willems

Cabaret frisk, 2020
18.1 x 25.2 x 0.1 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$ 3,584

Jesse Willems, Stock, sales, spirit, Fine Art Drawings

Jesse Willems

Stock, sales, spirit, 2020
18.1 x 25.2 x 0.1 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$ 3,584

Jesse Willems, Comédie sentimentale Américaine, Fine Art Drawings

Jesse Willems

Comédie sentimentale Américaine, 2019
31.9 x 24.4 x 0.1 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$ 4,590

Jesse Willems, Fading Magnolia, Fine Art Drawings

Jesse Willems

Fading Magnolia, 2019
19.7 x 14.6 x 0.8 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$ 3,332

Jesse Willems, Simulacrum, Fine Art Drawings

Jesse Willems

Simulacrum, 2019
19.7 x 15 x 0.8 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$ 3,710

Jesse Willems, Push-button Paradise, Fine Art Drawings

Jesse Willems

Push-button Paradise, 2019
42.1 x 30.3 x 0.8 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$ 5,785

Jesse Willems, Point fabril, Print

Jesse Willems

Point fabril, 2020
36.6 x 28.7 x 0.1 inch
Print

$ 4,779

Jesse Willems, Muzzles for missiles, Print

Jesse Willems

Muzzles for missiles, 2020
20.1 x 15.7 x 0.1 inch
Print

$ 3,270

Jesse Willems, Grus Grus, Fine Art Drawings

Jesse Willems

Grus Grus, 2019
16.1 x 11.8 x 0.1 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$ 2,452

Jesse Willems, Pocketful of spring (right), Photography

Jesse Willems

Pocketful of spring (right), 2018
50 x 34.1 x 0 inch
Photography

$ 4,401

Jesse Willems, Renaissance, Fine Art Drawings

Jesse Willems

Renaissance, 2020
38.2 x 26.6 x 0.1 inch
Fine Art Drawings

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Jesse Willems, Tokyo Calypso, Fine Art Drawings

Jesse Willems

Tokyo Calypso, 2020
44.1 x 33.1 x 0.1 inch
Fine Art Drawings

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Jesse Willems, Lido, Print

Jesse Willems

Lido, 2020
25.6 x 26.8 x 0.1 inch
Print

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Jesse Willems, Compact dreams, Fine Art Drawings

Jesse Willems

Compact dreams, 2020
7.7 x 9.4 x 0.1 inch
Fine Art Drawings

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Jesse Willems, The past is yet to come, Fine Art Drawings

Jesse Willems

The past is yet to come, 2020
60.2 x 44.5 x 0.1 inch
Fine Art Drawings

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Jesse Willems, The unending watchfulness (Part II), Fine Art Drawings

Jesse Willems

The unending watchfulness (Part II), 2019
13.4 x 9.4 x 0.1 inch
Fine Art Drawings

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Jesse Willems, Old Flamboyance, Fine Art Drawings

Jesse Willems

Old Flamboyance, 2019
17.7 x 12.6 x 0.8 inch
Fine Art Drawings

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Jesse Willems, The unending watchfulness (Part I), Fine Art Drawings

Jesse Willems

The unending watchfulness (Part I), 2019
8.7 x 6.7 x 0.8 inch
Fine Art Drawings

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Renaissance Part II

Schönfeld Gallery

Renaissance Part II
From October 24, 2020 To November 29, 2020

Renaissance

Schönfeld Gallery

Renaissance
From August 30, 2020 To October 24, 2020

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