"A black sun streaks a cypress tree, Neo-Arcadia" (2018), Oil on paper
Jamie Jonathan Ball, Hamburg, Germany.
"I see this also as beyond declension, and not a commemoration of the invincible that changes itself as it proceeds, the past's extension, or the afternoon-long shadows that are the future's" - Derek Walcott "The Bounty"
The Chaos State paintings aim to examine the possible decline and eventual collapse of some strata of society due to factors including human-influenced climate change, border disputes, forced migration and displacement, social isolation and cultural exclusion, religious disagreements, over-consumption, food shortages, desperation, and a rapidly increasing gap between the rich and the poor. Flags, sunflowers, factories and a black sun are continually revisited themes within the imagery.
Aesthetically, and historically, the work largely explores the movements of Neo-Primitivism (from its formation in Russia, throughout the 20th century), Expressionism / Neo-Expressionism and Faux-Naif, with a heavy focus on building repetition in narrative.
Jamie Jonathan Ball (b. 1986 - Nottingham, UK), is a book designer and painter who currently lives and works in Hamburg, Germany. He attained a BA in Media Arts (first) from the University of Plymouth where he specialised in both traditional animation techniques and wrote an extended dissertation on sociopolitical influences in post-war German painting. Jamie has worked as a childrens book designer on over 30 internationally published titles, with subjects ranging from classical music, politics, history, space travel and food.