I just love seeing inspiring, awesome chaotic workspaces. This time from painter Jaybo Monk in his studio in Kreuzberg, Berlin. His little universe unfolds on the first floor of a narrow brick house in a Berlin backyard. A world filled with color, canvas, spray paint and plenty of other utensils.
Only two spotlights seem to provide enough light for him. There is no radiator in the studio and in the video below Jaybo describes how he tries to keep his hands warm using a blow dryer during winter. Originally he is from France, born in Paris ‘by accident’. Back in the days he came to Berlin out of love for a woman and decided to stay. For Jaybo, painting is like an escape from daily life and reality, a desire for dreaming, ‘first of all I wanted to draw’. That was how he got to do graphic design and graffiti. Today he tries to go back to his roots, thus concentrates on painting since about seven years by now. He is filling the canvas with an unexpected, chaotic beauty that takes shape in feminine bodies or animals, in faces and twisted legs, in smiles and grimaces. Afterwards, Jaybo breaks in with his hazardous brushstrokes, taking the risk of messing up the work and making mistakes, but at the same time this risk is a chance to let the unexpected happen and realize that an apparent mistake has turned into something beautiful.