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Today we’d like to introduce you to Marcus Jansen.

Marcus, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
My story started in New York City in 1968. We lived in the Bronx and later in Queens NY where I had my first show at 6 at the Lever House in Manhattan. I later moved to Germany where I spent my teen years and went to art school and was influenced by the graffiti art scene in NY. I joined the US military at 21 and after my first combat assignment in the Gulf War, I was diagnosed with PTSD after my return and then placed in Walter Reed for art therapy which got me back to painting.

I started selling works on street corners in Soho NY after my discharge and fairly quickly got Gallery attention. I started with urban landscape sceneries like no one had painted them before which got the attention of the art world. Ever since we have shown museums around the world and have worked in some of the most important collections.

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I create because I feel it’s our inherit chore of being. It’s something I do because I have to, like drinking or eating. It comes to me. My art has always been social and politically influenced and in part challenges and rails against today’s ideologies and many political agendas. The message of a work of art is always what you get out of it. This depends on what you yourself bring to the work intellectually and spiritually.

I’m hoping the work sparks discourse and intellectual challenge which today is needed, due to constant propaganda and information that becomes overwhelming. The paintings allow people to think at their pace and dissect things in their time as well as feel rather than just consume. My work is currently in a traveling museum exhibition in the United States and Germany currently showing in Berlin at the Museum Zitadelle.

What do you think it takes to be successful as an artist?
Success is not being a celebrity, let’s get that clear. Celebrity has nothing to do with real art. Success is how you fair during hard times. This can be on any level. As an artist and during an artist’s career this is a constant challenge as we know. This is probably not a field for everyone at least not on a professional level.

I think you must need to do it, rather than just like it. An essential ingredient is a talent of course but talent alone is not enough you need willpower and drive endless drive and in these days I would argue as unfortunate as it is, you need strategy and move strategically just like in any other professional field.

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
Our work can be seen at our studios in Fort Myers Florida or at any of dealers at Weinstein Gallery in San Francisco, Galerie Kellermann in Germany or in London at Steve Lazarides Gallery Lazinc. Other than that my next Florida Museum appearance is at the Baker Museum in Naples in 2019. We also just released rare limited edition prints of some of my most award-winning work that are signed and numbered to the public which I’m excited about. People can visit our website for more information and get on our waiting list.

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Image Credit:
Artists Rights Society, (ARS) New York, NY, VG – Bild Kunst Bonn

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