Searching for reality in the unconscious, broadening the human logic with absurdity, following a philosophy based on irrationality – French artist Benjamin JeanJean draws the inspiration for his work from the surrealist movement. Surreal means 'unreal', something that only exist in our dreams, and it's those covert dreams that the 28 year old wants to bring to life with his drawings and photographs.
It's his passion for the unknown and the unusual that makes Benjamin JJ such a great artist,surfer, photographer and designer. He likes traveling to exotic surf destinations like the Congo, or experimenting with retro shapes. His art is the result of a constant search for an open mind. Deeply rooted in the surf and skateboard culture, Benjamin JJ follows life at his own pace on the French Atlantic coast: he drives a 1965 404 Peugeot; lives in an old house he renovated himself, packed with vintage furniture and art pieces; surfs on an old school longboard and takes pictures with a medium format analog camera.Time seems timeless for him.
Take a look inside: Benjamin JeanJean
Take a look inside: RVCA Europe Advocate Benjamin JeanJean Filmed by Pierre David and Edited by Pierre and Sebastien Zanella (Desillusion magazine) Music: Mountains - Living Lens, The Curse of Singapor Sling - No Soul Man, Taj Mahal - Stagger Lee
Desillusion x Benjamin JeanJean
Desillusion Mag teamed up with french artist Benjamin JeanJean to create this truly one of a kind surfboard, or rather piece of art. Benjamin JJ took inspiration from the mags motto "Death of Cool" creating more than 50 unique illustrations, then shaped and colored this surfboard. The board was shown at an exhibition last month in Biarritz France.