Justell Vonk "XXI The World"

Justell Vonk "XXI The World"
Justell Vonk "XXI The World"

Justell Vonk "XXI The World"


Justell Vonk (Moscow)

XXI The World, 2017
8" x 10" ink on paper
framed to 12" x 15"
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Justell Vonk is an occult and folklore-inspired illustrator.
Mostly self-taught, Justell began her self-education with copying acknowledged masters of graphic art like John Ruskin, Hans Holbein the Elder, Theodor Kittelsen, etc. First and most powerful influences were Jean Fouquet, Francisco Goya, Giovanni Batista Piranesi, Salvador Dali, and Max Ernst, along with the Northern Renaissance artists Albrecht Dürer, Lucas Cranach the Elder. The Internet helped her a lot in finding necessary information on getting primary drawing and painting skills, and subsequently led her to Gage Academy of Art in Seattle.
During her art studies in the grunge capital of the world Justell had an opportunity to learn from acknowledged contemporary American artists, and to get inspired by the atmosphere of the city. Old American buildings, the gloomy weather, and underground scene have influenced her perception of the world and fueled her passion for drawing and painting. She experimented with different media like acrylics, oil paints, soft pastels, charcoal and watercolour. Black ink appeared to be the perfect medium for instant expression of the artiste's visions.
She managed to combine her childlike worldview with the sarcasm of an adult person, mixing the magic and the mystery of a fairy tale with the grotesque humour of harlequinade. Her drawings look like the artworks of Alice just returned from Wonderland with The Sisters of Mercy playing in the background.
Gothic, Black Metal, and the Underground music also made certain impact on the bizarre creations of the artisté, added a scent of brutality to her artworks staring at which the viewer becomes absorbed by the dark side of the 'Alice in Wonderland' world.

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