John Reuss fits extremely well into an artist whose paintings are alluring, strangely fascinating and demands your attention. He is among the most exciting Danish up-coming artists who, with his very personal expression in the paintings, know how to attract justified attention.
John Reuss himself says of his work: Terms such as "existential surrealism" or "psychological realism" have often been used. About my work - which I think describes it well. I aim to create art that not only tells about me, but also speaks to the viewer and is open to interpretation - which may contain meanings that I myself have not foreseen.
The main theme of John Reuss' work is the alienation of mind and body. In particular, the alienation of the body in relation to the surroundings is most obvious. After a long period of acrylic painting and its positive ability to maintain the clean surfaces, John Reuss has again switched to oil painting, which can add more textured surfaces to the paintings.
Body and space, such as the daybed, chair, table, etc., are the most important elements in the structure of the image surface. They support the body's most often lying position and at the same time create space and depth around the body. The abstract space and displacements of the pictorial elements, as opposed to the body's possibilities to break the frames and thus confuse the viewers, have a mysterious ability to make John Reuss' paintings magical. At the same time, one senses that the artist has strong emotions at play.
The motifs show a form of bodily loneliness, which hides an inner turmoil and the search for harmony. The harmony comes in the form of strong compositions, where the sharp edges and soft shapes play together around and up against the fragmented body parts that try to destroy the harmony. These are strong cases that make it interesting for the observer to decode.
John Reuss often works with the portrait or, in fact, the face. Here the compositions are simpler, yet they are unusually able to express how complicated emotions they individually store.
There is no doubt that John Reuss uses himself in his paintings. The individual paintings are the result of an inner dialogue, which triggers a process and then an adaptation of the psychology of the mind.
The works leave no doubt that there is a dedicated transmission of facts and mental experiences between the artist, the work and the viewers. It is psychology and transition at a higher level. For John Reuss, the exhibition is a personal highlight.
For the rest of us, it is a unique encounter with an artistic personality, which can make us want to study his paintings closely, and then acknowledge that we with John Reuss have an unusual Danish talent.