All Along the Watchtower
Jim Avignon: All Along the Watchtower
Acrylic on Paper
320 x 220 cm
« When I moved to Berlin 1987, the Berlin Wall was still standing. At that time, I had mixed feelings about it. Of course it felt strange and frightening but I was also fascinated to live in a kind of gated community with all those funny freaks who made West Berlin so unique in the eighties.
I painted the characters of Dante and Virgil out of Delacroix famous painting "The Barque of Dante" (1822, Musée du Louvre) in a kind of frozen positon, during their hell ride on top of the wall in a sort of limbo situation. It is clear that the vessel will fall down but yet it remains to be seen on which side! There is also a little man in the right corner doing a shit in the shadow of the wall who is a reference to Marc Chagall’s painting « Over the City“.
About the artist
Jim Avignon is a painter, illustrator and conceptual artist. Always ready to confront the establishment he is torn between pop art, street art, Picasso on acid or simply being the fastest painter in the world. His signature style consists of vivid colours, a biting humor, unpretentious materials and a mind numbing output. His art works like pop music in DIY mode.
According to the legend, the artist became stranded in the Provence city of Avignon at some point in the ’80s when his car unexpectedly broke down. He resorted to painting Dali images onto pavements, gradually raising money to repair his car. The name stayed.
In the early 90s, he became an ubiquitous painter of the techno movement in Berlin, designing makeshift clubs and Love Parade trucks.
By creating a colorful flood of affordable, rapidly-produced works, Jim disrupts the well-oiled art market and pervades it with black humor and self-irony. Avignon’s images caricature the modus operandi of the art market and are also aimed at people who are bored or deterred by the gold-framed aura of so-called high art. « Good Artists Go To The Museum, Bad Artists Go Everywhere ».