Jana & JS /   Unknown

Austria 2007

Street Art


Jana & JS
August 11, 2014
Nina Karaicic is a journalist with experience in TV and radio media. Born in 1989, she had studied at the University of Belgrade – Faculty of Political Sciences (Journalism). Interests: Photography, Art, Film, Folklore, Video Games

Jana & JS are an Austro-French artist couple, whose work can be found both in urban as well as in a closed space. Jana & Js merge their work since 2007 around their passion for photography and their common sensitivity to the urban aesthetic. They met in Madrid, have developed their work in Paris and lived in Austria since 2010.

Inspired by the city and its architecture in the change of time, as well as the residents and their viewers, they spray urban landscapes, portraits and details of architectures (often photographed people) with a play of reflections and transparencies. They use the stencil technique (after artiste-Ouvrier, together collectively in WCA), where they work exclusively with their own photos. It is their practice of the photo that leads them to choose the stencil technique, ideal for making works of extreme minutiae from their own photographs on canvas and paper, but mainly on wood and recycled materials.

In 2012 Jana & Js started painting people who are enclosed in circles. When spending time in the forest with their little son, the tree trunks reminded them of their work and they decided to apply their characters to the wood. According to Jana & Js, it was very exciting exploring new support and seeing their  work in a completely new ambiance. It gave a totally new dimension to their  work. They have taken to the natural world for a series of suburban artworks painted directly onto the surface of trees. Set within a forest landscape, the creative duo find their canvasses inside circles formed from the cross-section slice of a halved or cut tree branch. The figures illustrated inside respond to their confines, lounging in the arc of rounded tree ring and even crunched within the rim of the ridged bark. Drawn in a stencil style, the portraits are of modern people, dressed in contemporary clothing — a juxtaposition to the organic scenery that surrounds them.

They state: “For us painting outside doesn’t mean finding the most visible spot but it is more about finding the perfect placement for a particular image. Usually our paintings are inspired by the city and integrated in urban environments. It was very exciting exploring this new support and seeing our work in a completely new ambience.”

They also carry the sculpture since 2010 and draw their own screenprints, particularly in the workshop of the father of Jana near Salzburg. Equally at home in a gallery than in urban areas, the Austro-French duo painted regularly the world’s cities from Vienna to Moscow via Salzburg, Shanghai and London.

Jana & JS currenlty live in Salzburg in Austria.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group 
2013It Doesn´t Matter Who They AreOpenspace Gallery, ParisSolo
2013We will always be togetherArt to Be Gallery, Lille, FranceSolo
2013Belles de mursNunc! Gallery, Grenoble, FranceGroup
201340° Urban Art Festival, interventions outdoorDüsseldorf, GermanyGroup
2012Urban BrainsGalerie Celal, Paris, FranceGroup
2012Le Mur de l'ArtEspace des Blancs Manteaux, Paris, FranceGroup
2012Sur papierGalerie Celal, Paris, FranceGroup
2012We love peopleGalerie Ligne 13, ParisGroup
2012Fifty/FiftyGalerie Mathgoth, ParisGroup
201244 De l'Art contemporain à l'Art UrbainGalerie Artfiler, Brussels, BelgiumGroup
2012Sand, Sea and Spray, interventions outdoorUKGroup
2012Bratislava Street Art FestivalBratislava, SlovakiaGroup
2011Jeux de constructions, exposition personnelleItinerrance Gallery, ParisSolo
2011Urban Tactics, interventions outdoor et exposition collectiveDesign Terminal, Budapest, HongrieGroup
2011Sans conservateur, interventions outdoor et exposition collectiveEspace Colod'artGroup
2011Zagreb Street Art MuseumDugave, Zagreb, CroatieGroup
2011Bratislava Street Art FestivalBratislava, SlovakiaGroup
2011Le MurParis, FranceGroup
2010JanaundjsGalerie Inoperable, Vienne, AustriaSolo
2010"Qui Vive?" International Biennale for Young ArtArtplay, exposition de Streetartists francais "No Limits in the Street", Moscow, RussiaGroup
2010Stencil OnlyBayonne, Pau, Lyon, Grenoble, Bourg-Saint-Maurice, FranceGroup
2010AncrageInauguration of the new center for contemporary art, the moon parachute, Epinal, FrnaceGroup
2010Exposition CollectiveGalerie Ligne 13, Paris, FranceGroup
2010Lézarts de la bievreParis, FranceGroup
2010Urban Arts MadridMadrid, SpainGroup
2010st-art 2010European Contemporary Art Fair, Itinerrance Gallery Booth, Strasbourg, FranceGroup
2010Stroke 02, Urban Art FairMunich, GermanyGroup
2009Jana & JSItinerrance Gallery, ParisSolo
2009librairie le Moniteur – Cité de L’architectureParis, FranceSolo
2009Exposition Collective WCAASA, Galerie Ligne 13Group
2009Urban Art AgendaBallarat, Brisbane, Sydney et Melbourne, AustraliaGroup
2009ArtcitéFontenay sous bois, FranceGroup
2009Lézarts de la bievreParis, FranceGroup
2009Festival MadposterMadrid, SpainGroup
2008Collective Exhibition WCA/ASAAtelier ASA Altona, Hambourg, AllemagneGroup
2008Exposition collective WCA /ASAPopular fathers, Paris, FranceGroup
2008Festival KosmopoliteBagnolet, FranceGroup
2007Jana and JSMange disque Bar, Paris, FranceSolo
2007Stencil History X TourParis- France, Vienne- Autriche, Barcelone- EspagneGroup
2007Vitrine Stencil History XLibrairie Flamarion - Centre Pompidou, Paris, FranceGroup