Nic De Jesus (b.1984) is a painter and art tutor living and working in Cape Town, South Africa. After honing his craft as a Staff Photographer and Art Director for an independent action sports magazine in his hometown of Cape Town, Nic emigrated to London in 2007. He spent the following years developing his painting technique in a shifting monochromatic pallet influenced by 19th-century photography and the practices and philosophies of the French Barbizon painters from that same era. It was Nic’s first sold-out solo exhibition in December 2015 titled Mare Incognitum in Brighton, UK that propelled him into his current drawing and painting practice as a both an artist and tutor.
His current body of work titled "Mare Incognitum" is divided into Cantos, illustrating the artist's affinity with the ocean and reactions to the way 'civilisation' impacts upon it.
“Infused within me from a very young age, was a deep respect and love for the ocean, it’s coastlines and bordering landscapes. Being a surfer and runner my connection to the ocean & land is a visceral one. As a result, it’s environment(s) has become a primary focus within my work.” - Nic De Jesus
This film, 'Moontide' is a recent composition which accompanies the ongoing Drawing series, 'Mare Incognitum'.
Music: James D Smith
Voice Over: Tom O'Bedlam
Poem: 'Love's Philosophy' by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792 - 1822)
The fountains mingle with the river
And the rivers with the ocean,
The winds of heaven mix for ever
With a sweet emotion;
Nothing in the world is single,
All things by a law divine
In one another's being mingle—
Why not I with thine?
See the mountains kiss high heaven,
And the waves clasp one another;
No sister-flower would be forgiven
If it disdain'd its brother;
And the sunlight clasps the earth,
And the moonbeams kiss the sea—
What is all this sweet work worth
If thou kiss not me?
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