My name is Jon Cousins, I am currently an expat and teacher living in Tokyo, Japan.
Art and design have been part of my life for as long as I remember, be it academically or recreationally.
Anything that catches my eye or captures my interest, but the main theme running through my work is the notion of using iconography and semiotics and interpretation.
the use of a single color, shape or brush stroke can invoke emotion, be recognizable or just resemble a subject or theme deeper and more complex than the image alone.
hopefully I will explain this better as the portfolio takes shape.
I also enjoy sports and live music photography, and have taken photos of nature and architecture around the world.
My major influences are Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Mark Rothko and futurism.
Popular culture and Japan has become a prevalent subject matter in my painting.
While in England, I got my sports photography regularly published in a local newspaper.
While working on a ski resort in New Zealand, i was commissioned to do promotional photography for an extreme sports equipment company.
I think my processes are very organic, and I enjoy exploring the notion of negative space and in my painting I am experimenting with different psychical layers to produce the final image.
This is very much a work in progress, and I enjoy exploring my new surroundings and translating them in my work.
I would also love to hear from you if you are looking for a photographer- especially live music or promotional material.
Eigotaku (English geek)
All images (c) Jon Cousins. All characters portrayed are trademarks of their respective companies.