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.
Above: RED LIFE FORM pastel on paper 20 x 15 cms
Above: SEMAPHORE pigment marker on handmade paper 42 x 30cms
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.
Above: FLAG 2 oilstick on paper 60 x 85 cms
Above: BLUE WAVE pigment marker on handmade paper 30 x 30 cms
Above: THREE MOONS oil sticks on handmade paper 30 x 69 cms
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. I also sing and play the guitar and harmonica.
Above: FROOT acrylic and ink on handmade paper 42 x 30 cms
Above: FLAG 3 acrylic on handmade paper 30 x 30 cms
Above: PAGODA acrylic on paper 58 x 79 cms
Above: TA-RAH pigment marker on handmade paper 32 x 40 cms
Above: ROW acrylic on handmade paper 32 x 40 cms
Above: JACKDAW MOUNTAIN acrylic on paper 58 x 79 cms
Above: PINK SMOKE pigment marker on handmade paper 42 x 30 cms
Above: LIFE FORM 2 acrylic on paper 58 x 79 cms
Above: DICEMAN acrylic on paper 58 x 79 cms
Above: GREY HYPNO acrylic on wood 58 x 58 cms
Above: CAGE ink on handmade paper 42 x 30 cms
Above: UMBRELLA acrylic and ink on paper 60 x 85 cms
Above: FLAG 1 oilstick on paper 60 x 85 cms
Above: BROWN GRID oilstick on handmade paper 21 x 30 cms
Above: WE FOUR oilstick on tracing paper, paper-backed 84 x 60 cms
Above: IO oil stick on tracing paper, paper-backed 60 x 85 cms
Thanks, Dan. What music would you like to sign out with?
I’d like to choose I SCARE MYSELF by the wonderful Dan Hicks. So sad to lose him earlier this year…
words: CAND JUSKUS and DAN JUSKUS
images: DAN JUSKUS