JP Meyer was born in 1960, grew up in the Free State and matriculated in 1978. After military service he joined S.A.A. where he worked as an international flight attendant for 15 years.
In 1996 he swapped corporate life for that of a full-time art student at the Foundation School of Art in Cape Town, graduating four years later with as Diploma of Fine Art (Painting).
His first solo exhibition was held at the Association of Visual Arts in Cape Town in 2003 and since then he has mounted 11 solo exhibitions, 6 joint exhibitions and participated in many group shows.
His work is in the collections of SASOL, DIDATA, Rand Merchant Bank, Hollard, Nandos UK and McMillan Publishing.
He currently lives and works in Porterville.
I randomly use and juxtapose images and symbols from popular culture, classical and world mythology, medieval manuscripts, tattoo culture, comic strips and many other sources in order to create paintings, drawings and prints that have very little pre-determined narrative or intent.
I recently swapped oil paint for acrylic paint. Its’ quick drying properties allow me to work faster and it makes layering and adjustments easier. I enjoy the flat, contemporary feel and association of acrylics.
I have become less concerned with realism, artistic skill and the formal elements of art and more interested in fantasy, expression, intuition and spontaneity.
Artists that continue to inspire me are Philip Guston, A.R. Penck, Jean-Michel Basquiat, William Hawkins, Mary T. Smith, Mose Tolliver and contemporary artists Tal R, Rose Wylie and Danny Fox.