Born in 1978 and originally from South Africa, JJ immigrated to England in the early eighties. Whilst in Cape Town, JJ studied graphic design and was constantly painting and spent some years in marketing. With a background as a tattoo artist, JJ now primarily works within a digital medium where he can test colours and layer combinations with ease. JJ mixes his own colour pallet and often photographs textures to incorporate into his digital piece.
Madonna, Marylin Monroe and Mohammed Ali. JJ transforms the norm by combining familiar images or iconic landmarks with modern devices, for example he covered Princess Diana in tattoos, taking a selfie. The execution and combination of imagery needs to be perfect to enable the viewer to believe that Princess Diana was really covered in tattoos! Sometimes this takes many attempts. His work blurs the lines between pop art, photography, and digital art. It can be humorous and arresting, particularly when we see Marylin Monroe taking a selfie, Blondie swearing and a naked Donald Trump.
Most of his artworks are produced as part of a series but JJ creates originals as well as many commissions. The artist has exhibited across the UK and his work is seen in galleries who have been steadily representing him for years. JJ's latest series, 'Make Art Not War', consists of old fashioned bomb sculptures with famous brands advertised on the front. He has made bombs with logos of McDonalds, all the way to Prada, he calls them 'Art Bombs'. No doubt he will continue to impress his numerous collectors with exciting artworks.