Thomas Iser, born september 1987 in Metz – France, is a self-taught performer, photographer and painter.
He wishes with his art to inspire people to use their suffering to fuel the accomplishment of their dreams.
His project Universal humanity include an impressive number of personalities and artists like Pharrell, Nicole Scherzinger, Bob Sinclar, Gianluca Vacchi, Romero Britto, Alec Monopoly, Mark Seliger, Sara Sampaio, Saltbae, David Lachapelle just to name few. He collaborates in 2016 with Jean-Claude Jitrois on two unique dresses.
His art is widely inspired by graffiti and is directly related to his personal journey.
Thomas Iser is definitely making a name in the art world putting all his energy into travelling, meeting people, creating and connecting the dots to build a masterpiece.
BECAUSE WE ALL SHARE THE SAME SPARKLE
Though best known for his globe-spanning performance art project ‘Universal Humanity’, French artist Thomas Iser is also making a name for himself as a painter.
Using acrylic and spray paint on canvas, there is a wilful sense of naivety to his works, where Iser seems to be channeling a childlike exuberance through his playful use of colour and expeditious application of paint to the canvas. He is clearly inspired by the energy and swiftness of graffiti art, and these works seem to sit somewhere between a packed wall mural and one of Takashi Murakami’s brimming Superflats. They include many of the same tropes of both: bright and contrasting block colours, repeat patterns, recurring characters and motifs (clouds, flowers, bricks).
On a surface level, the paintings may seem to be unnecessarily chaotic, but closer inspection reveals a wealth of symbolism and menacing tones that undercut the intense colouration. They are deeply layered, with images merging into one another like a palimpsest. There is a dichotomy between the symbols used: stylised flowers and butterflies are placed next to skulls with bleeding teeth, the word ‘chaos’ is written in brightly coloured ‘bubble letters’. Such a use of visual metaphors to explore issues of life, death, and rebirth must come from a deeply personal place.
Kurt Beers / Beers gallery
BECAUSE WE ALL SHARE
THE SAME SPARKLE!