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5 x 5 Daniel Jensen 'Oak Leaf Pink' (2017), Oil Pastel and Acrylic Ink on Paper by dateagleart
5 x 5 Daniel Jensen 'Oak Leaf Pink' (2017), Oil Pastel and Acrylic Ink on Paper by dateagleart

Daniel Jensen, Oak Leaf Pink, 2017, Oil Pastel and Acrylic Ink on Paper © Daniel Jensen, Courtesy of BEERS, London

Could you explain this work?

This work is part of an ongoing series of paintings and drawings where I’m working quickly and intuitively to give an element of action and movement. I’m moving back and forth between abstraction and figuration in order to create works where the different elements are not related in any narrative sense.


What does this piece deal with? 

I’m interested in how you piece together the different components of a fragmented story to make sense of it. Like when you hear a person on the subway talk on the phone in a language you don’t know. Suddenly you might hear single words you do understand, a glimpse of figuration in the abstraction, and you immediately start to imagine what the conversation is about. 


What medium and techniques did you use?

It’s oil, pastel and acrylic ink on paper.


What were the struggles of making it?

No struggles, except maybe in the process of selecting and discarding work.


What is the purpose behind this work?

This piece was made while I was planning a new series of paintings. My paintings are deeply rooted in drawing and they are executed in a very similar way as my drawings. Since I often work quickly and intuitively, I usually don’t work with sketches for paintings but I make drawings to figure things out.



Daniel Jensen is part of "75 Works on Paper" on view until 23 December 2017 at BEERS, London, 1 Baldwin Street, EC1V 9NU, London.



written by Martin Mayorga 

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27 November 2017