Jonas Pequeno is a British/Brazilian artist living in East London.
Since leaving his Brazilian hometown of Arraial d’Ajuda at the age of 10, Pequeno has endeavoured, through his drawing and painting, to replace that ideal with a new paradise of his own making.
5th Base Gallery presents this young artist’s first solo exhibition.
‘Combat’ is an amalgamation of work that expresses the artist’s relationship with his image of paradise and the effect it has had on his personal and artistic development, being visual depictions of his thought processes that cannot be expressed by other means.
Interested in storytelling and the subconscious influences from his childhood, the artist surrenders himself to an abstract yet tangible world with tenderness and brutality, inviting the audience to read his works as one would a paragraph.
The representations in ‘Sun’ (2016) act as words to portray this vital yet fatal force. The sun being both a source of life’s creations, triumphs and euphoria - depicted by the dancing man in nature - as well as failure and tragedy, illustrated by Icarus’ death.
He further explores this Greek myth in ‘Searching for Flight’ (2016), which represents Pequeno’s fledgling steps in the quest for his nirvana by pursuing this exhibition. It describes his deep-rooted love and admiration for Brazil, but also his desire to move forward to ‘find my wings and attempt to fly’, like Icarus.
The exhibition features paintings and sketches as well as a book of the works.