Mr Jago - In front of one of his pieces - Photo via Artelgallery

Mr. Jago/ Duncan Jago

United Kingdom 1972

Urban Art

www.mrjago.com

Mr. Jago
Duncan Jago
Male
United Kingdom
1972
February 23, 2017
Jean is researcher and author for Widewalls. jean.gallard@widewalls.ch

Duncan Jago, better known as Mr. Jago, comes from the UK, and is considered a veteran of the street art and design community. Coming from the world of graffiti, the artist started his studies in illustration, but soon turned his interest to more abstract colorful paintings. He had the honor to design and create artwork for some of the biggest international brands. His works represent the deepness and latitude of nature, and its interconnection with people through intensity of colors, textures and forms. Jago dismissed strict rules, shapes and norms and chose leisure flow of paint to determine his style, which emphasizes the problems of warfare, biosphere, and climate change that surround us.

Mr. Jago - mark privacy editions print - photo via Artbleat
Mr. Jago – Nil, 2015, Installation view – photo via Artbleat

From Mimic Work to a Renowned Painter

Mr. Jago was born in 1972, in a small village of Eye in Suffolk, where he spent his childhood surrounded with animals and beautiful landscapes. From an early age he was addicted to sketch books like comics. He graduated illustration at the University of West England in Bristol in 1998, which he thought would help him find his own aesthetic. Instead, considering his tutor’s tips, he decided not to be deterred with previous experience, so he started experimenting with new methods, and finally found himself in the abstract world. The author is one of the pioneers, beside Will Barass and Nick Walker, of the Scrawl Movement.

From an early age he was addicted to sketch books, especially comics and graffiti characters

Mr. Jago - home print of 2016 London policy shows
Mr. Jago – Do Not Disengage, 2015, Installation view

Style and Inspiration

Throughout 1990’s and early 2000’s, Jago’s orientation has shifted, and gradually developed towards abstract art. During this transition robot and droid-like figures were constantly part of his creativeness. Even today when using oil, acrylic colors, or spray paint for paintings and canvases, he thinks there are some elements that remind on his previous pieces. Regardless of the number of people artist met during the years, he strongly believes that the biggest inspiration for him comes from nature and environment with all their adversity. Mr. Jago has taken spray paintings to a completely new level, giving them a sophisticated and expressive look that is hard to forget. The similarity of his prints with the outer space, allow viewers to enter parallel universe where everything is different from what it seems like. Painting is a therapy which Jago uses to deal with his anxiety and everyday worries. For him the best thing about abstraction print is its accessibility and openness.

The similarity of his works with the outer space, allow viewers to enter parallel universe

Mr. Jago - search for contact home print privacy policy
Mr. Jago – 140 grams, 2015, Installation view

Message to the World

By using trembling and sensibly composed colors that leave striking and evocative effect, the author wants to influence the society on a much noticeable way. His mission is to make the audience environment friendly and socially responsible. His prints, paintings and other artworks have been displayed in numerous editions around the world like at the Don Gallery in Milan or at the Gallery 1988 in San Francisco. In 2016 he also participated in a group exhibition called W/K Show at the Fousion Gallery in Barcelona. His show from 2015 named NIL, that was held in London, represents two opposite processes, the beginning and the end, the start and the finish.

The artist is represented by the Fousion Gallery, in Barcelona.

Mr. Jago lives and works in Bristol, UK

Featured image: Mr. Jago – In front of one of his pieces – Photo via Artelgallery
All other images copyright of the artist

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016K/W-ShowFousion Gallery, Barcelona, SpainGroup
2015NILUnit Gallery, London, UKSolo
2014NEW COORDINATESnnWHITE WALLS GALLERY, SAN FRANCISCOSolo
2014AFFORDABLE ART FAIRMETROPOLITAN PAVILION, New YorkGroup
2014L'AVENIRWhitewalls Gallery, SFGroup
2013POTSE 68CIRCLE CUTURE GALLERY, GERMANYGroup
2013PILTDOWN TACTICSTHE OUTSIDERS, NEWCASTLESolo
2013OUT WITH THE OLDLIBRARY STREET GALLERY, DETROITGroup
2013M.E.S.S. - MR JAGO, BEN EINE, SHOE & SICKBOYGALERIE LE FEUVRE, PARISGroup
2013GRAFFUTURISMSOZE GALLERY, LOS ANGELES, USAGroup
2013WIDER THAN A POSTCARDBREEZEBLOCK GALLERY, PORTLAND , USAGroup
2013Exhibit ZLIBRARY STREET COLLECTIVE, DETROITGroup
2012PAPER PARTYGALERIE LE FEUVRE, PARISGroup
2012HUMAN FOSSILWINTERLONG GALERIE, LE PILORI, NIORTSolo
2012FUTURISM 2.0BLACKALL STUDIOS, LONDONGroup
2012..& FRIENDSGALERIE LE FEUVRE, PARISGroup
2011IMPETUSTHE JOSEPH GROSS GALLERY, ARIZONAGroup
2011ADIDAS PERFORMANCEWEST BERLIN GALLERY, BERLINGroup
2011ABSTRACTIONSOPERA GALLERY, NEW YORK CITYSolo
2011RUDIMENTARY PERFECTIONRECOAT GALLERY, GLASGOWGroup
2011THE STREET ART SHOWOPERA GALLERY, LONDONGroup
2011ARCHETYPESTHE VIEW ART GALLERY, BRISTOLGroup
2010NEVER JUDGESTOLENSPACE GALLERY, LONDONGroup
2010OVERSEAS & UNDERTONESABV GALLERY , ATLANTAGroup
2010SUMMER GROUP SHOWSTOLENSPACE GALLERY , LONDONGroup
2010SLEIGHT OF HANDRECOAT GALLERY , GLASGOWGroup
2009RE-UPGALLERY 1988 , SAN FRANCISCOGroup
2009MODART CURATED SHOWTHINKSPACE GALLERY , L.AGroup
2008BURNING BRIDGESTHE BRICK LANE GALLERY, LONDONGroup
2008WAKE UPTHE DON GALLERY, MILANGroup
2007SPACE JUNKTOURING SHOW - GRENOBLE, BOURGE ST. MAURICE & BAYONNE, FRANCEGroup
2007MR JAGO X OPUS UNDERGROUNDOPUS, NEWCASTLE, UKGroup
2006THE DECONSTRUCTION PROCESSGALLERY 1988, LOS ANGELES, USAGroup
2006GHOSTS VS. ROBOTSCOMPOUND GALLERY, PORTLAND, USAGroup
2006CUSTOM SUG SHOWCOMPOUND GALLERY, PORTLAND, USAGroup
2006ELEPHANT TECHNIQUESHOREDITCH, LONDON, UKGroup
2006BRAVE ARTWHISTLER, CANADAGroup
2006JEWELLERY EXHIBITIONFIERA MILAN, MILAN, ITALYGroup
2006MR JAGOWORKSHOP, BRISTOL, UKSolo
2006MR JAGOLAZYDOG, PARIS, FRANCESolo
2005IN THE VICINITY OF A LOCATIONALICE GALLERY, BRUSSELS, BELGIUMGroup
2005WORDLESSTONAREAL, ZURICH, SWITZERLANDGroup
2005URBAN EDGESPAZIO, MILAN, ITALYGroup
2004GRAPHICDREAMBAGS, LONDON, UKGroup
2004SCRAWL COLLECTIVEBOXFRESH STORE, LONDON, UKGroup
2003PAINTURA PROJECTPARCO, TOKYO, JAPANGroup
2003AREA 2010SURREY HILLS, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIAGroup
2003ART IMPROPRIAGALLERIE MERAVIGLI, MILAN, ITALYGroup
2002ART MEETS WINDOWSHANKU STORE, OSAKA, JAPANGroup
2001NIGHT VISION GOGGLESHOUSTON GALLERY, SEATTLE, USAGroup