I must confess: to make a selection of Javier Jaen’s work for this article was a hard one. I would place, at least, half of his portfolio here.
The whole thing grows every day, and the personal part is a loud hymn to the LESS IS MORE. So I felt like I had to select, but javierjaen.com is like this inspirational visual book you place on the living room table, easy to access, because you know you will, again and again.
He offered me an interview, long, long time ago, and I lost the recording. And there is not a day I don’t regret that, having green tea in my moody mug or when his creations appear on Instagram and boost my creative side.
So I decided just to write about him. He is one of these heroes that remind you: not everything is done yet. Talking with him was incredibly motivational. Actually, this image is the one that made me want to know him better, because, if it would be a postcard, I would have sent it to everybody yet.
I won´t go with the list of clients he´s been creating for (well, The New York Times and Penguin Random House deserve a place in these brackets), but I’ll take the liberty of copy pasting this fragment from his bio:
He has still not written a child, planted a book, or given birth to a tree.
Everything is waiting to be done.
And this illustrates quite well his way of work: spot these every day details, objects, words, textures to contrast and cook some brilliant visual metaphors.
The time is now, as in this century we are living: everything happens at the same time. He knows how to take advantage of this over connected world keeping only the essential. The results are visuals that suit perfectly the message.
Browsing his portfolio, you feel this inside knowledge explosion: frustration of not being able to follow all the paths, read all the articles, books, attend the festivals. And your neurons are not flirting, they are falling in love. They create bridges that are here to stay. All the fields are covered: ecology, politics, culture, science, history, psychology.
He wanted to be a journalist –in a way, he is getting there– and became a visual artist, yes. But in my opinion, he is a PLAYER: the game is LIFE and he is good at it. Taming constant stimulation and improvising connections. Isn’t this creativity?
All images: © Javier Jaen