the art of UK artist Dan Juskus

Dan Juskus’s paintings are so modern yet could be ancient symbols or even tribal.  They are exquisitely simplistic of form and everything is stripped back, apart from what is necessary to draw you in and keep you there.  He paints, draws and sculpts from his studio in Gloucestershire… 

Hi Dan, what’s your inspiration?

I find shapes in everyday objects and am constantly snapping whatever grabs my attention.  I take photos so out of context that I often forget the original source.  With several sketchbooks always on the go, I work with anything that produces a line – pencil, felt-tip, oilbar, pastel, ink.

red life form

Above: RED LIFE FORM    pastel on paper   20 x 15 cms

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Above:   SEMAPHORE  pigment marker on Indian rag paper 42 x 30cms

ORANGE HYPNO

Above: ORANGE HYPNO    acrylic on board    65 x 65 cms

What about your artistic influences?

Definitely Ellsworth Kelly, Alexander Calder, Dan Flavin, Bridget Riley, Donald Judd and Agnes Martin.  But I’m also a huge fan of Instagram and am particularly excited by emerging, experimental young Japanese artists as well as kids’ art.

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Above:   FLAG 2     oilstick on Langton Prestige paper   60 x 85 cms

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Above:   BLUE WAVE     pigment marker on Indian rag paper   30 x 30 cms

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Above: THREE MOONS   oil sticks on handmade  Indian rag paper 30 x 69 cms

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Above: GALAXY  acrylic on lead  41 x 20 cms

Tell us a little about yourself…

My mum was Italian and my Dad Lithuanian so I grew up with a diverse heritage and lots of pasta!  I’m heavily into music and hi-fi and own several valve amps and build my own speakers.  I have hundreds of cds and even more vinyl(!) mostly electronic – drum ‘n bass, techno – but also accoustic if it has attitude and an individual voice.

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Above:   FROOT     acrylic and ink on Indian rag paper   42 x 30 cms

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Above:   FLAG 3     acrylic on Indian rag paper   30 x 30 cms

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Above:   PAGODA     acrylic on paper   58 x 79 cms

om-pom-gallery-dan-juskus-ta-rah 42 x 30

Above:   TA-RAH     pigment marker on Indian rag paper   32 x 40 cms

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Above:   ROW     acrylic on Indian rag paper   32 x 40 cms

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Above:   JACKDAW MOUNTAIN     acrylic on paper   58 x 79 cms

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Above:   PINK SMOKE     pigment marker on Indian rag paper   42 x 30 cms

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Above:   LIFE FORM 2     acrylic on paper   58 x 79 cms

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Above:   DICEMAN     acrylic on paper   58 x 79 cms

grey hypno

Above: GREY HYPNO   acrylic on wood     58 x 58 cms

om-pom-gallery-dan-juskus-cage 42 x 30

Above:   CAGE     ink on Indian rag paper   42 x 30 cms

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Above:   UMBRELLA     acrylic and ink on Langton Prestige paper   60 x 85 cms

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Above:   FLAG 1     oilstick on paper   60 x 85 cms

Yellow birdAbove:    YELLOW BIRD  pastel on paper   42 x 32  cms

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Above:  BROWN GRID  oilstick on Indian rag paper  21 x 30 cms

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Above: WE FOUR   oilstick on tracing paper, paper-backed    84 x 60 cms

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Above: IO   oil stick on tracing paper, paper-backed   60 x 85 cms

 

dropAbove: DROP 1   marker pen on Indian rag paper (study)   15 x 11 cms

Thanks, Dan.  What music would you like to sign out with?

I’d like I SCARE MYSELF by the wonderful Dan Hicks.  So sad to lose him earlier this year…

You can follow Dan on instagram @danjuskusart and see his website here http://www.danjuskusart.com

words: CAND JUSKUS and DAN JUSKUS

images: DAN JUSKUS

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