Painter, Photographer | United Kingdom

jay rechsteiner

Jay Rechsteiner - Painter, Photographer
"Staying true to myself and having integrity is important to me. I don't produce art for the masses, nor have I any desire to ride on the band wagon of current trends."

Jay Rechsteiner is a Swiss multi-disciplinary artist who is today based between London and Margate, UK. Working with painting, photography, video and performance, his works often tackle anarchic and political themes in a frank and sometimes startling manner, drawing attention to the absurdness of his subjects.

The Storyteller

Three integral aspects of Rechsteiner’s work are process, zeitgeist and peripatetics, and most of his artistic production can be applied to one of these categories. It is important for him that his works reflect the journey that they have made. Through a constant critical analysis of his work, he often revisits pieces, allowing them to take new directions. The themes and subject matters of his work are explicitly relevant to the culture of today, and though his viewers may not be of the same opinion, his works are active conversations, undoubtedly inciting reaction and response.

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The Damn Right Ugly

Through his “Bad Painting” series, Rechsteiner illustrates the barbaric and foolishness of contemporary society. “Six guys beating a transsexual woman to death” or “The assassination of Donald Trump”, might make the viewer feel highly uncomfortable, but these poignant scenes with wrongly proportioned bodies, limited perspective and cartoon-like faces, also make us confront and question the ugliness of the world today.

Exhibiting Among the Greats

Jay Rechsteiner has exhibited internationally with exhibitions at many notable museums and galleries, including the Venice Biennale, Fukuoka Art Museum, the Whitechapel Gallery and Tate Liverpool. Rechsteiner once formed half of the artist duo Sardine & Tobleroni, who gained an increasing reputation between 2007 and 2012, exhibiting worldwide.

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Bad Painting

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Bad painting number 01: Angry men & women beating the hell out of black, yellow, brown, gay people & hairdressers on a lovely Tuesday afternoon. | Painting

Bad painting number 01: Angry men & women beating the hell out of black, yellow, brown, gay people & hairdressers on a lovely Tuesday afternoon.

2013 / Painting / Historical and Political / Naïve / Acrylic painting
80x100cm / $2,640

Bad Painting number 02: People with slightly darker skin are being hacked to death | Painting

Bad Painting number 02: People with slightly darker skin are being hacked to death

2013 / Painting / Historical and Political / Naïve / Acrylic painting
90x90cm / $2,640

Bad Painting number 04: Three boys & two girls are torturing, beating disabled girl & making her drink urine. | Painting

Bad Painting number 04: Three boys & two girls are torturing, beating disabled girl & making her drink urine.

2013 / Painting / Historical and Political / Naïve / Acrylic painting
20x25cm / $1,320

Bad Painting number 03: House of Torture: Prisoners being boiled alive, electrical shocks, sexual assaults, pulling out fingernails from Mondays to Sundays... & solitary confinement without food or drink | Painting

Bad Painting number 03: House of Torture: Prisoners being boiled alive, electrical shocks, sexual assaults, pulling out fingernails from Mondays to Sundays... & solitary confinement without food or drink

2013 / Painting / Historical and Political / Naïve / Acrylic painting
76x76cm / $2,640

Bad Painting number 05: Boy stabbing a boy on a sunny day in July | Painting

Bad Painting number 05: Boy stabbing a boy on a sunny day in July

2013 / Painting / Historical and Political / Naïve / Acrylic painting
20x25cm / $1,320

Bad Painting number 06: A husband cutting off his wife's fingers | Painting

Bad Painting number 06: A husband cutting off his wife's fingers

2013 / Painting / Historical and Political / Naïve / Acrylic painting
20x25cm / $1,320

Bad Painting number 07: Two men setting a gay wheelchair user on fire | Painting

Bad Painting number 07: Two men setting a gay wheelchair user on fire

2013 / Painting / Historical and Political / Naïve / Acrylic painting
20x25cm / $1,320

Bad Painting number 08: an angry member of the EDL hitting an Indian man with a bottle on the head | Painting

Bad Painting number 08: an angry member of the EDL hitting an Indian man with a bottle on the head

2013 / Painting / Historical and Political / Naïve / Acrylic painting
20x25cm / $1,320

Bad Painting number 09: husband gouged wife's eyes out and biting off her nose on yet another sunny day | Painting

Bad Painting number 09: husband gouged wife's eyes out and biting off her nose on yet another sunny day

2013 / Painting / Historical and Political / Naïve / Acrylic painting
20x25cm / $1,320

Bad Painting number 10: husband stamping on wife's head | Painting

Bad Painting number 10: husband stamping on wife's head

2013 / Painting / Historical and Political / Naïve / Acrylic painting
20x25cm / $1,320

Bad Painting number 11: man keeping three females as prisoners in the basement of his house, he occasionally rapes them | Painting

Bad Painting number 11: man keeping three females as prisoners in the basement of his house, he occasionally rapes them

2013 / Painting / Historical and Political / Naïve / Acrylic painting
20x25cm / $1,320

Bad Painting nubmer 12: pregnant girl being raped in a pub on a Monday night | Painting

Bad Painting nubmer 12: pregnant girl being raped in a pub on a Monday night

2013 / Painting / Historical and Political / Naïve / Acrylic painting
20x25cm / $1,320

Bad Painting number 13: Two men beating up a Chinese man on a lovely day | Painting

Bad Painting number 13: Two men beating up a Chinese man on a lovely day

2013 / Painting / Historical and Political / Naïve / Acrylic painting
20x25cm / $1,320

Bad Painting number 14: Two boys kicking and stomping on toddler, throwing bricks at him & placing batteries in his mouth & finally killing him with a 22 pound iron bar | Painting

Bad Painting number 14: Two boys kicking and stomping on toddler, throwing bricks at him & placing batteries in his mouth & finally killing him with a 22 pound iron bar

2013 / Painting / Historical and Political / Naïve / Acrylic painting
20x25cm / $1,320

Bad Painting number 16: Boy throwing object at boy, killing him in off licence | Painting

Bad Painting number 16: Boy throwing object at boy, killing him in off licence

2013 / Painting / Historical and Political / Fine Art / Acrylic painting
20x25cm / $1,320

Bad Painting number 15: Girl tortured by a group of kids, led by a 37-year old woman. Covered in bruises & over 100 cigarette burns. Peeled off skin. 3 branded on her chest + burned onto belly: I'M A PROSTITUE AND I'M PROUD OF IT. | Painting

Bad Painting number 15: Girl tortured by a group of kids, led by a 37-year old woman. Covered in bruises & over 100 cigarette burns. Peeled off skin. 3 branded on her chest + burned onto belly: I'M A PROSTITUE AND I'M PROUD OF IT.

2013 / Painting / Historical and Political / Naïve / Acrylic painting
20x25cm / $1,320

Bad Painting number 17: Three men having a great time while two dogs are savaging a fox in a cage | Painting

Bad Painting number 17: Three men having a great time while two dogs are savaging a fox in a cage

2013 / Painting / Historical and Political / Naïve / Acrylic painting
20x25cm / $1,320

Bad Painting number 18: Two year old girl battered with a metal bar, repeatedly locked in a cupboard, dumped in a bin. Broken arm and legs, covered in bruises. A one-month torture | Painting

Bad Painting number 18: Two year old girl battered with a metal bar, repeatedly locked in a cupboard, dumped in a bin. Broken arm and legs, covered in bruises. A one-month torture

2013 / Painting / Historical and Political / Fine Art / Acrylic painting
20x25cm / $1,320

Bad Painting number 19: Four men publicly executed. One-hundred-thirty-five people watching. | Painting

Bad Painting number 19: Four men publicly executed. One-hundred-thirty-five people watching.

2013 / Painting / Historical and Political / Naïve / Acrylic painting
20x25cm / $1,320

Bad painting number 20: Mother & daughter cyberbully 14-year old girl & drive her to commit suicide. | Painting

Bad painting number 20: Mother & daughter cyberbully 14-year old girl & drive her to commit suicide.

2013 / Painting / Historical and Political / Naïve / Acrylic painting
20x25cm / $1,320

Bad Painting number 21: Broken ribs, broken back, mutilated fingertips, missing fingernails, watching porn. A lovely family home. | Painting

Bad Painting number 21: Broken ribs, broken back, mutilated fingertips, missing fingernails, watching porn. A lovely family home.

2013 / Painting / Historical and Political / Fine Art / Acrylic painting
20x25cm / $1,320

Catholic Vantage

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Conflicted Intimacy 1 | Other media

Conflicted Intimacy 1

2016 / Other media / Religion / Figurative / Digital
100x100cm / $3,940

Conflicted Intimacy 2 | Other media

Conflicted Intimacy 2

2016 / Other media / Religion / Figurative / Digital
100x100cm / $3,940

Conflicted Intimacy 3 | Other media

Conflicted Intimacy 3

2016 / Other media / Religion / Figurative / Digital
100x100cm / $3,940

Glory of Fanfare 1 | Other media

Glory of Fanfare 1

2016 / Other media / Religion / Figurative / Digital
100x100cm / $3,940

Glory of Fanfare 2 | Other media

Glory of Fanfare 2

2016 / Other media / Religion / Figurative / Digital
100x100cm / $3,940

Glory of Fanfare 3 | Other media

Glory of Fanfare 3

2016 / Other media / Religion / Figurative / Digital
100x100cm / $3,940

The confusion of Mary 1 | Other media

The confusion of Mary 1

2016 / Other media / Religion / Figurative / Digital
100x100cm / $3,940

The confusion of Mary 2 | Other media

The confusion of Mary 2

2016 / Other media / Religion / Figurative / Digital
100x100cm / $3,940

Offer of an Angel 01 | Other media

Offer of an Angel 01

2016 / Other media / Religion / Figurative / Digital
100x100cm / $3,940

Offer of an Angel 02 | Other media

Offer of an Angel 02

2016 / Other media / Religion / Figurative / Digital
100x100cm / $3,940

Offer of an Angel 03 | Other media

Offer of an Angel 03

2016 / Other media / Religion / Figurative / Digital
100x100cm / $3,940

Offer of an Angel 04 | Other media

Offer of an Angel 04

2016 / Other media / Religion / Figurative / Digital
100x100cm / $3,940

Delphine & Jay: the concrete and the abstract

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Delphine & Jay: Painting 06 | Painting

Delphine & Jay: Painting 06

2017 / Painting / Abstraction / Fine Art / Mixed technique
102x102cm / $5,250

Delphine & Jay: Painting 07 | Painting

Delphine & Jay: Painting 07

2017 / Painting / Abstraction / Fine Art / Mixed technique
102x102cm / $5,250

Delphine & Jay: Painting 03 | Painting

Delphine & Jay: Painting 03

2017 / Painting / Abstraction / Fine Art / Mixed technique
102x102cm / $5,250

Delphine & Jay: Painting 05 | Painting

Delphine & Jay: Painting 05

2017 / Painting / Abstraction / Fine Art / Mixed technique
102x102cm / $5,250

Delphine & Jay: Painting 02 | Painting

Delphine & Jay: Painting 02

2017 / Painting / Abstraction / Fine Art / Mixed technique
102x102cm / $5,250

Delphine & Jay: Painting 14 | Painting

Delphine & Jay: Painting 14

2017 / Painting / Abstraction / Fine Art / Mixed technique
102x102cm / $5,250