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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.”
方塊屋，就在市集旁，大力推薦。 The Cube house,just next to Markthal, Must see!!! Rotterdam, Netherlands.
1月29日中午，搭ICE火車由阿姆斯特丹前往科隆。 On ICE bullet from Amsterdam to Cologne.
在科隆選擇的是tripadvisor站上第一名的背包客棧Die Wohngemeinschaft Hostel，超棒！距離火車站步行20分左右。這是在附近的連鎖餐廳Vapiano拍的（後來發現原來已進軍台灣）。 I stay in Die Wohngemeinschaft Hostel in Cologne , its No.1 Hostel in Tripadvior, and it's really amazing! Nice location and cozy hostel. This is Variano from the central station to hostel. Only 20 minutes by walk..
抵達科隆火車站，出站就是科隆大教堂迎接你！ Cologne Cathedral, Germany.
科隆第一名背包客棧Die Wohngemeinschaft Hostel，附近全是年輕人聚集的餐廳和小酒館。而且到歐美根本不必擔心口味問題，滿街都是亞洲料理。從越南泰式到日本和香港料理！！！撐死你～～～這是在背包客棧的一樓拍的。他們一樓是咖啡廳，到了夜裡就是酒吧。隔壁是迷你電影院。大力推薦！客棧官網：http://www.hostel-wohngemeinschaft.de Die Wohngemeinschaft Hostel in Cologne is definitely the No.1 hostel , many cozy restaurants and cafes around, and also have their own cafe just in 1st floor. It become bistro and bar when night fall... that is the video ...
I still remember that night.. I feel dizzy and really really bad that night .. I can't sleep and keep shaking whole night.. I asked him what he put in milk tea ?Only weed? He said yes only weed.. but weed with milk will make me feel like LSD.. I wanna kill him when I heard that.. The guy keep apologize to me.. he said he was sorry... and ask me if I wanna take a walk in the night? fresh air will make me feel better. But what the hell its so cold! how can I walk out just for fresh air? I refuse him and keep shaking whole night... I ask him what if I die? he said: if you die I will tell the truth... If police come here I will say that asia woman wanna try some weed and there she goes.....
This man play bass and guitar with his friends, they have a band and doing some performances around. He told me he wrote some melody in the afternoon when I go out.. and when I feel stoned.. he ask me so many questions really inspired me but I forgot everything now..