Jonathan Muret, or “Johnny’ as he’s known amongst friends, is a 21-year old Swiss-American painter, born in Los Angeles, that was raised by his adoptive parents in Zurich, Switzerland. Very early in his childhood he felt the need to express himself creatively, something that can be difficult in a creatively restrictive society like Switzerland. In his early teenage years he discovered the works of Basquiat, to whom he immediately felt he could relate, not only in terms of the raw emotion that he saw in the pieces but also the essence of troubled youth that was embodied in his work. Only a few years later at the Museum of Art in Basel, he was introduced to the works of Picasso, whose elements of cubism fascinated him especially. Then, at the age of 18, John broke with the traditional structure of the Swiss educational system, a structure that his friends and family had followed so fervently before him, and he discovered his passion for painting.
His parents gifted him his first few canvases and within a year he began dedicating his time, often between 1 and 7 AM in the dark hours of isolation, to begin to work to create his unique style. He utilized the inspiration provided by the artists he felt he could relate to in the earlier years, integrating elements of expressionism, pop-art, and cubism into his early sketches and ultimately his artworks. By blending these with the emotional disconnect that he felt with the social structures around him, he quickly engaged in a series of neo-expressionistic paintings that later developed into his unique, structured way of working. The style Johnny chose to represent his emotional output best, which was using vintage newspaper adverts in combination with images inspired by certain artists he believed to have ‘changed the game,’ led him to his distinctive signature technique and style. He truly recognized not only the beauty in the works of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Pablo Picasso, Keith Haring, and even Andy Warhol, but also their roles as revolutionaries in the art of each respective creative time period. Besides his own signet of a ‘cross-faced’ sun, which he integrated into each of his earlier works, often times regarded as the light in the dark of each of these works, these artists meshed uniquely with Jonathan Muret’s socio-emotional circumstances into what we today can call his style and format of painting. This passion, which helped create this style, quickly resulted in two successfully created and well-received series of paintings and, ultimately, their according exhibitions.
Through his two collections ‘Abimes Colores’ and ‘The Beginning,’ Johnny found a way to express his passion for art alongside his emotional standings for any audience to see. John had never read any works of Sigmund Freud, and likely still has not, but what he said still holds true that “unexpressed emotions will never die.” We have come to believe that the paintings of Art Muret have embodied this very concept by breathing life into the suppressed emotions of a young artist through the outlet of a skilled synthesis of revolutionary artworks and the abilities of his own. Choosing to work only at night can in some ways be seen as an idiosyncrasy of his work, but has also come to represent, to Johnny at least, the only time of day during which he can truly open himself and bring those emotions back to life. As soon as his surroundings become quiet, he lets the world in, and his expressions become the loudest.
Today, we are proud to announce his next collection of paintings, currently still in creative production, that intend to explore the boundaries of tolerance between different cultures and religions. Please feel free to explore these and older works under the ‘Creations’ tab.
Written by. Lawrence Howell
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