When I spot a poster of Providence designed by hand and printed by hand, I feel like I live someplace famous.
The subject matter is clearly important to the artist. Jean took the time to study this iconic image of Providence. He learned the lines and slight curves of this cityscape by re-creating these lines on paper. His own interpretation was given to the scene in the form of composition and color. His acts are much more deliberate than a simple photograph.
Jean is passionate about his city, he cares about preserving events. His images allow one to display their celebrations, inviting the community to join in. Once the event is over it still lives on in Jean’s posters. He leaves behind mementos of fond times.
To appreciate this body of work we don’t need to have a relationship to the event. Just an appreciation for the artist’s vision, his interpretation presented in these colorful images. (As an aside, I enjoy how the event’s details are fit ever so snugly into the clapboard on the side of this house in the “Blood From A Turnip” print. It is quite impressive.)
Jean also works with his own agenda. Taking time to make work which will spread his cause, making his vision known.
Aside from Jean’s posters and prints for sale in his secret store there is a great portfolio of work in the posters and projects section of Secret Door Projects site. I am amazed at the array of work Jean Cozzen has to offer. His body of work ranges from political pieces, advertisements for events to wedding invitations. Take a peek and be impressed.