Jonathan Meese (b. 1970) first appeared on the international art scene back in 1998 and is now one of contemporary art's most successful, trend-setting proponents.
He works with almost superhuman energy, creating his works in series. His creative process resembles a performance in which he progresses from one work to another, adopting a mix of pre-prepared patterns and themes and purely spontaneous material. The oeuvre as a whole, however, is based on his drawings, in which he creates the figures, symbols and objects which populate the mythological universe of his work, drawing in the beholder as if by force.
Meese has a reputation for unfolding material in a large format in which he positions his mythological figures, collage elements, fields of color and quotations in a powerful, expressive fashion. Meese's citations often use words and literary quotes that refer to history or constitute ideological and political statements.
Back in 2005 he exhibited a total installation entitled "MOR [“Mother”] in collaboration with Tal R at Statens Museum for Kunst, Denmark's national gallery. The work of Jonathan Meese is represented in numerous public collections, including Museum of Modern Art, New York; Centre Pompidou, Paris; and Louisiana – Museum of Modern Art in Humlebæk.