Jeremy Demester's (b. 1988) painting is action, vision and prose. In search of the world's new possibilities, the painter probes experience through intuition. It is his guide. In front of the artwork, it favors astonishment to assertiveness and pushes the painter to approach the impossible.
Art history engages with human history towards new incorporations, free impulses, and sharpened desires. "Painting is a body in which thought and unknown desires are embodied", says Demester. The young painter does not pursue a path paved with anecdotes but seeks the paths towards the very essence of reality. His work appears plural, heterogeneous and changing.
Beyond the words he has invented and the customs he may have inhabited, the human being is in an adventure. It can shape itself towards wider utopias, seal itself to more lively brotherhoods, and lose itself in wilder universes. "I walk among men as if among fragments of the future: of the future I see," said Nietzsche's Zarathustra*.
These fragments are visions, that is to say, passages that Demester goes through "in moments of absence or ultra-presence". Through his painting, he unbalances reality; quiet and lucid, he experiences instinct.
* Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathoustra, 1883-1891
Image: FTW #1,
oil on canvas,
300.5 x 201 x 3.5 cm.; 118 1/8 x 78 3/4 x 1 3/8 in.
Selected Institutional Exhibitions
Gros-Câlin (solo show)
Fondation Zinsou, Ouidah
10 January – June 2021
After gathering and studying numerous oral myths from the Tzigane community, he started this journey to Vaudoo’s birthplace to understand the imaginative power linking Vodun society to the travelling ...