Jocelyne Deschamps-Kus (Jideka)

Born in: 1948, France
Lives in: Lyon, France
Describe your art in three words: creativity, humor, originality, messages
Discipline: Painting, Illustration
Education: Bachelor's of Fine Arts from "Beaux-Arts" de Lyon, France and a Diploma in Graphic Art.
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"My aim is to draw thoughts and feelings of everyday life. I paint current events in their beauty as well as in their darkness, and various themes such as global warming, joys and sorrows, and I like to add a touch of humor to everything."

What themes does your work involve?
My work involve all themes and I am working hard on different topics to depict the common world. with humor and sensitivity.
Describe your creative process.
"The idea comes when I'm moved by news or touched by an important event.. I don't work in series. As for technique, after having worked extensively in charcoal and ink, I now paint exclusively in acrylic, sometimes including a structural gel to highlight certain elements. I start by making a number of sketches, then, when a drawing finally seems complete, I transfer it to canvas and color it. I consider the work finished when I put the canvas on the easel and, after looking at it for a few days, I think it's not too bad!"
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
I love the Impressionist painters and creators like Dali and Magritte. I'm touched by their creativity and interpretation. When people ask me why I paint, I don't know what to answer... I've always painted, ever since I was a child, and like any passion, I'll keep this means of expression throughout my life.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
It's hard to say what makes a painting beautiful, because it's so subjective. Some people like to see messages, others not.
What is the role of the artist today?
...but what makes a painting interesting, in my opinion, is its composition, the colors, the perfection of the drawing and layout, and of course its originality, which makes it unique.


This interview was published by Circle Foundation of the Arts. © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist