John John Jesse is a mixed media artist who draws inspiration from his punk rock beginnings as the bass player in seminal New York City crust punk band Nausea. Since the dissolution of Nausea, John John Jesse went on to show in countless galleries around the world as well as find his work featured in the pages of magazines like Juxtapoz, Rolling Stone and many more. Fresh off of his recent show at Opera Gallery we caught up with John John Jesse as he talks about his latest print Super Villains, his early influences and more...1xRUN Thru Interview
Super Villains by John John Jesse
1xRun: Tell us a little bit about this piece "Super Villains"
John John Jesse: The Heath Ledger Joker Cat is the opiate dealer as you can see. My work is my autobiography and it is an interpretation of my life long battle with addiction. The good news is I am 13 years clean and sober.1xRUN: When was this piece created and with what materials ?
John John Jesse: I painted this piece in 2012 at my home studio in New Hope, Pennsylvania. It was made with gouache, graphite, ink, acrylic and spray paint on thick wood birch panels. Super Villains was part of my recent show "The World of John John Jesse" at Opera Gallery. The show featured more than 25 new paintings, drawings and more as it was a actual installation of my work studio.