Marcus Jansen's upcoming documentary: Examine & Report

14 August 2017

Marcus Jansen is giving us a rare insight into his life and career as an artist in the upcoming documentary; Examine and Report.


The artist was originally influenced by graffiti on the subway in the 1980s, a medium that was not often featured in galleries at that time, but Jansen continued to break the boundaries until his canvases were on the walls of a variety of both galleries and museums.


“Marcus is the innovator of Modern Expressionism. What initiated it for him, was the graffiti on the side of the subway trains when he travelled from the Bronx to Manhattan to sell his work on the street. This is somewhat reminiscent of Jackson Pollock learning to kneel with Hopi Indians and throw sand to make sand pictures. That innovation may have been the beginning of Abstract Expressionism”

– Jerome A Donson, Director of the American Vanguard Exhibitions, MOMA New York



This unique documentary has created an opportunity to follow Jansen’s story and the movement of “Urban Expressionism” from the very beginning. The film features a variety of influential figures that were involved in Marcus Jansen’s career, from art critics, to gallery directors; including our very own Steve Lazarides.


“Jansen insists on the freedom to be subjective, to breach the social expectations of a fixed canon. The objects experience the freedom of subjectivity in the work of art, so that abstraction breaks into realism and reality, in turn, becomes abstract.”

– Prof Dr Dieter Ronte, Former Museum director of the Kunstmuseum Bonn



The film will be released on Tuesday 15th August as a ticketed event and we are all very excited to watch the final piece. We even managed to catch-up with Marcus Jansen to ask him a few questions…


As an artist, it must have been quite difficult to put your art into words and speak to a camera, how did you find it?

 I agree, and generally speaking I let others do the talking who can do it much better than I can. A painter becomes a painter because he chooses not to communicate verbally. I find a broader access to information and deeper understanding communicating through imagery.



We have had a sneaky look at the film, it looks amazing. Do you have a favourite part?

The story’s conclusion. I think it’s a great story and relevant in particular in these times.


We cannot wait to watch it! 

For more details please visit Marcus Jansen’s website, if you can’t wait and want more already, why not watch the trailer below:



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