Jafet Blanch(https://www.jafetblanch.com/ ), born in 1977, Barcelona, Spain. Now in Taipei for his first exhibition in Asia. The YIRI ARTS contact him about 2 years ago, and he started to painting more than one year for 20 artworks in this exhibition call “Durbec”.
Is that normal for an artist doing 20 paintings over a year? How can an artist focus on art but not another daytime job to support their passion for art? Talking about money and art, that’s what Jafet told me: “ I have something to say, not something to sale. The reason I am painting is more like how I live.. I want to express myself.. to bring you come to me. ”
In his website we can see all the artworks during these years. His painting style is keep moving and changing . In 2014 “P.I.G.S”, there are more sharp and critical…like spirit of graffiti —And Jafet really into graffiti in his early years. For example, “VOGUE” use the elements “ Mona Lisa “ from Leonardo da Vinci with a strange mask . In “Sheep’s got talent” we can see Jesus with a shiny neon lights shows the word “superstar”.
VOGUE by Jafet Blanch
And move to 2015 “Isolated” like he wrote on website “Being or feeling set or kept apart from others.” Its more interesting, and keep searching something deep inside. We can see in “Happy End” there’s a Asian beauty with a frog reminds us a fairly tale “the frog prince” . “Pet ＄how” just like the title use “$” not “S” for a smart pun. And in these artworks we can also see some oriental elements.
His first solo exhibition was in his hometown Barcelona 2017 call “FETEN”. And for now this year in Taipei, he said: “ I want to focus the beautiful moment of our life.” And now his painting more romanticism and classicism, feel like sweet dreams.
“Yes the life is changing. For me ,now I prefer to capture the beauty of our life. Because a lot of bad things, suck things happen everyday. I want to capture the beautiful moments into my painting, just like a bird in the cage. People catch a bird in the cage just for hear the bird singing. Its a bit strange but I can doing that for art like this: capture the beautiful moments from our life and keep it in my painting. So you can watch it again and again. And that’s why I named this exbihtion call Durbec. ”
Talk about this exhibition , he also named each painting the title with different kind of birds name. “When I painting , I can feel every painting have a different song from them. So every painting have their own name which from different kind of bird.”
What make Jafet being a painter? In fact he doing a lot of different jobs for many years. Working at animate company, graphic design, interior design, art teacher.. “Life is too short. One day I found that I always work for other people's ideas, why not work for myself? I should work for my own ideas.”
I wonder how he keep moving and painting until now. Never feel tired ? “ Painting is like a process. Its just like you want to climbing a mountain, you can see the mountain is there, just keep climbing.”