Benjamin JeanJean | Artist Network Program

IT’S HIS PASSION FOR THE UNKNOWN AND THE UNUSUAL THAT MAKES BENJAMIN JJ SUCH A GREAT ARTIST, SURFER, PHOTOGRAPHER AND DESIGNER. DEEPLY ROOTED IN THE SURF AND SKATEBOARD CULTURE, BENJAMIN JJ FOLLOWS LIFE AT HIS OWN PACE ON THE FRENCH ATLANTIC COAST: HE DRIVES A 1965 404 PEUGEOT; LIVES IN AN OLD HOUSE HE RENOVATED HIMSELF, PACKED WITH VINTAGE FURNITURE AND ART PIECES; SURFS ON AN OLD SCHOOL LONGBOARD AND TAKES PICTURES WITH A MEDIUM FORMAT ANALOG CAMERA.

TIME SEEMS TIMELESS FOR HIM


WIN A SIGNED ARTWORK FROM BENJAMIN JEANJEAN @RVCA_EUROPE


WHAT COMES TO YOUR HEAD FIRST


COME FROM "I COULD SAY THAT SUPER BASIC SENTENCE ‘I GREW UP DRAWING’ WHICH IS SUPER CHEESY BUT TRUE AT THE SAME TIME“

FIRST CONTACT WITH ART WAS IN THE SKATESHOP SPENDING HOURS DISCOVERING DIFFERENT PRINTS


NEXT PROJECTS DOESN’T TALK ABOUT UPCOMING PROJECTS, I AM SUPERSTITIOUS ABOUT THAT. IF YOU TALK TOO MUCH ABOUT A

FUTURE PROJECT IT WON’T HAPPEN“


FAVORITE MATERIALS LOVES MOVING FROM ONE MATERIAL TO ANOTHER – "IT IS ALL ABOUT NOT GETTING BORED“

BUT THE MAIN STYLE IS DRAWING FINE LINE. STICKING TO THIS STYLE AND SWITCHING MATERIALS - FROM SKIN TO WALL TO EDGING

(A WAY OF REPRODUCING AN IMAGE) INNER CONFLICT CONCERNING YOUR ART : “EVERY TIME I FINISH AN ARTWORK I SEE THINGS THAT I WANT TO CHANGE OR IMPROVE BUT I ALSO GET INSPIRED FOR FUTURE ARTWORKS. THAT’S HOW YOU GROW AS AN ARTIST”


WHAT INSPIRES YOU EVERYTHING "REALLY EVERYTHING“ ART SHOWS, BOOKS, MAGAZINES AND SOCIAL MEDIA

“GETTING INSPIRED BY EVERYTHING AND PUTTING IT ON CANVAS”

HE STARTS WORKING MORE AND MORE ON THE CONTENT WE ALL GET ON OUR PHONES – LIKE CHEESY INSTAGRAM FEEDS


MUSIC AS LONG AS IT’S NOT ELECTRONIC I CAN LISTEN TO EVERYTHING“ USED TO LISTEN TO FRENCH HIPHOP A LOT

MUSIC DOESN’T INFLUENCE HIS ART - WHILE HE IS PAINTING HE KNOWS WHAT KIND OF MUSIC HE HAS TO LISTEN TO

THERE ARE SUPER PERSONAL THINGS HIDDEN IN HIS PICTURES BUT ONLY PEOPLE WHO KNOW HIM REALLY WELL, LIKE CLOSE FRIENDS,

WILL DISCOVER THIS SMALL DETAILS. HE LIKES PUTTING MORE AND MORE PERSONAL SYMBOLS ON CANVAS WHICH HE WAS AFRAID BEFORE

(BENJAMIN LAUGHS - "KIND OF A PSYCHOTHERAPY“)

"IT’S REALLY HARD TO TELL WHAT YOU ARE DOING IN AN INTERVIEW BECAUSE EVEN WHILE YOU ARE DOING ART IT ISN’T CLEAR WHAT

YOU ARE DOING“







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