Scarborough-based artist Jehan is to showcase his photomontages for the first time in a solo exhibition titled Recur at Malton’s contemporary art gallery Duckett & Jeffreys.
Jehan’s work depicts personal struggles such as alienation, depression and loss, as well as wider environmental and social issues. His art is grounded in the punk and DIY ethics of the late 1970s. He creates his art instinctively in many different media.
In his photomontages we see the welcome of the threatening dogs; skeletal witnesses to fake 1950s passion; grotesque portraits; and figures in imagined northern landscapes. Recurrent themes in his art include the irresponsibility of childhood and its passing as an adult, and visions of a post-oil world.
Check out some of the accolades Jehan has attracted: 'In a world of bullshit, fashion and mumbo jumbo it is a relief to know that an artist as strong and humble as Jehan is creating simple beauty with such diligence and madness. Time will tell the unknowing that this is a very real and serious artist.'
Robert Lloyd, Singer/Songwriter, The Nightingales
'The images and content are powerful and arresting. The work holds it's own with a self-confidence that is interesting and aggressive.'
April Gertler, Artist, Berlin
‘Recur’runs at Duckett & Jeffreys Gallery from 11 January to 11 February.
Old Maltongate, Malton, North Yorkshire YO17 7EG
Opening times 11am – 5pm, Wednesdays to Saturdays.
- Published in Visuals: Features