There is no mistaking a Jonas Jeque painting. Each picture is an explosion of colour and movement. Whether the subject matter is abstract or figurative, Jonas’s bold acrylic paintings have two things in common, enormous energy and passion.
Jonas paints from his life experiences, particularly life in Kenya where his parents fled during the Mozambique Civil War in the 1970’s. His bold, colourful paintings capture the warmth and vitality of his homeland. Jonas’s love of colour is also reflected in his portraits of recognizable personalities including Nelson Mandela.
Jonas moved to Canada as a young man fifteen years ago. He now lives in Victoria with his young family. His ambition is to, once again, be a full time artist. “I love abstract painting and carving more than anything,” he says. “My goal is always to challenge myself with different stylistic approaches and not to be afraid to make mistakes.”
A self-taught artist, Jonas started drawing at a young age “ever since I could hold a pencil in my hand.” He also loves carving in wood, particularly arbutus and oak. He explains that his love of carving is deeply rooted in the style of the Makonde tribal woodcrafters of Mozambique – a form which embodies traditional spiritual beliefs and family life. Jonas’s family is from the Makonde tribe.
A selection of Jonas Jeque’s paintings and carvings will be on display at Imagine That Artisans’ Designs in downtown Duncan for the month of May. Don’t miss it!
251 Craig St, Duncan.