Inspired by Jean-Michel Basquait

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Art Journal, Artist Quotes


You might have read about my Art Stroll to the Basquiat: Unknown Notebooks Exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum. It was a very inspiring Art Stroll and so I started to try to implement some of Basquiat’s elements into my art journaling since I saw this substrate as the best fit for it.

– State of Mind –


Prominent in his work is the use of figures or heads …something I usually not do and though this really turned out weird and hilarious- it made me laugh in a good way and I like it a LOT. And hey, anything that puts a smile later on your face was well worth doing it – so this wasn’t wasted time.


I also used Basquiat’s way of layering paint on top of drawn or written areas, highlighting or hiding elements.


I was super intrigued by Basquiat’s way of writing the letter E with just three horizontal lines – I shamelessly copied that and love it a lot 🙂


– Full Circle –


Then one day I was really really unmotivated and as we say in German “bocklos” which doesn’t translate well – but kind of means” not being in the mood for anything”.  I thought of Basquiat’s way of jotting down overheard conversations and/or thoughts and I used snippets of my thoughts while working on the spread. It was actually quite fun and freeing.



While this is not a spread that I find particularly beautiful – LOL -I can read this as a diary entry and it got me over my uninspired mood. I might do this more often and will gave this particular way of art journaling the name  “Visual Brain Farts” . No worries- I won’t share all my visual brain farts with you 😉


– Coulda Woulda –


Ok …maybe I lied about not showing more visual brain farts 😉 But I actually combined the thought-jotting with my usual art journaling style. And I like the outcome a lot.


I also incorporated more collage elements as I saw with Basquiat’s work.


And repeated patterns and marks. And I might have “stolen” his signature crown.


I enjoyed this process – I was inspired by Jean-Michel Basquiat’s work and translated what inspired me into my own art work and I am keen on taking it further. I love how this rejuiced my Mojo!

Which artist do you think fits your style and could you take as an inspiration to get a new kickstart?



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Comments (5)

  • Terisa


    Impressionism – Van Gogh, Manet, Monet, Cezanne
    Natural settings, brilliant colors, purposeful brush strokes


  • Profile photo of GloZ



    Okay, I looked and was a little scared! His work seems angry to me. I like the written areas, but not sure how I am going to handle the scary faces! But I will give it a try. I like many of the mixed media with warm and cool colors and text partially hidden multiple layers peaking through and I usually like things with a theme. I also like Western landscape paintings by current artists Lorenzo Chavez and Frank Serrano.


  • Profile photo of FlorenceTurnour



    I like scary orange face guy. He looks maniacally happy.


  • Profile photo of Padkins



    I think this is one of my new favorites. I am loving the symbology and mark making. Thanks.


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