A group of stray cats walking towards the viewer just proud to be able to wander the streets without any sort of fear or judgement. A bunch of old friends going forward unconcerned about all of the uncertainties of the past two years. Painted with daring colour combinations directly inspired by Peranakan ceramics to fit the style of the neighbourhood and heritage shophouses.
About Didier “Jaba” Mathieu
Futuristic abstract mathematics, alphabetical constructivism and facial cubism, brutally refined. The art of Didier.
Jaba Mathieu grows from his extensive travels and background as a graffiti writer, which is evident in the complex alchemy of his illustrations and digital paintings. Born in Armenia, Colombia, Jaba moved to Liege, Belgium at the age of 14 to further his studies at St. Luc Institution of Arts specializing in Illustration. He exhibited widely in art galleries around Europe and South America before relocation to Singapore to join Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), a division of Lucasfilm Ltd where he worked as a concept artist and digi-matte painter on feature films such as Transformers, Iron Man and Star Trek.
Jaba continues to practice on multidisciplinary levels and participates in countless graffiti performances all over Europe, South America, Africa, and Asia. As an extension to his enthusiasm and energy for illustration, Jaba also lectured at Nanyang Polytechnic, Singapore, focusing on Matte Painting, Environment, and Character Design.
In 2015 he released ENEMIES, a graphic novel published with Ankama Editions France. Jaba just graduated with Master of Arts, Fine Arts at Lasalle College of the Arts in Singapore in 2018.