Based in: Montreal
Self-taught artist, born in Montréal in 1977, Jonathan Séverin paintings explore chromatic interactions through the illusion of transparency and sequencing of the different colours. The gradient eects of brightness, radiance and depth result from the precise mixing and assembly of different tones in his pictorial space. The straight and precise lines eliminate distractions to let the colours express their full potential. His works are intended to be a transposition of human experience that seeks to arm the energy of the individual’s capacity to see rather than to describe the world that surrounds us. The general aspect of the paintings is intended to be minimal to allow human sensitivity to access optical instability as a mirror of the experience of seeing. By removing the barriers that limit our ability to see, his work unveils new perspectives on the phenomenon of visual sensations. It invites us to take note of our visual means and to enter into contact with the artist’s consciousness in order to maintain a relationship as a logical continuation of the multiple relationships that the artist strives to establish.
Jonathan Severin In The Studio
The creation part of my paintings are always a mess. So many colors to mix test and retest. The end result is always clean crisp and perfect!
More About Jonathan Severin
What inspires you?
Color is what inspire me. How colours change depending on lighting and perspective. The way we perceive colour, and how unstable it is in the eye of the viewer.
What are 3 words that best describe your work?
Crisp, modern, colorful.
Who are some artists that have influenced your work?
Artist that have influence me the most are artist like Carlos Cruz Diez for is research on colors. Ellsworth kelly for the boldness of his paintings and Molinari who is a Montreal artist that has made alot of research on colors and rythms
What is the most important tool when creating your work?
What is the best piece of advice you have been given?
Be confident, you have what it takes!
Where do you go for inspiration?
Where ever i look i'm inspired. Only have slow things down, focus and really take time to see.