" My art is me, it is a set or scene that tells a personal
story for each to interpret
in his own way"!
MEPS, the artistic name for Marcus Antonius Jansen, was born in 1968 in Manhattan, New
York . The early part of his childhood was spent with his Jamaican mother, Audrey Lois
Hines, and his grandparents Sidney and Hermine Hines on Boynton Avenue, in the Bronx.
His father, of German descent, joined in the raising of his son at the age of one.
As a result, his ethnic and cultural roots are very diverse.
Jansen began his career as an artist at age six, when his painting of a male lion was
chosen for display in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan. At the age of ten, his
parents moved Jansen to Germany to escape life in the city and to provide him with
an opportunity to experience another culture and language. Racism and culture shock caused
Jansen to become withdrawn throughout his teen years, although his energy and need to
express himself seemed to help trouble find him. In 1983, he became involved in the
Graffiti arts scene and hip hop subculture. He showed his artwork in Europe and received
his first recognition from media and critics. In 1984, Jansen graduated from high school.
Soon after, he completed a three-year apprenticeship in painting, then studied
decorating and color for two years. He continued to show his artwork at every opportunity,
an opportunity in a different form of art: music. While pursuing his passion of
painting, Jansen made money by painting small commissions, designing and selling Graffiti
art on T-shirt's, designing logos and performing break-dancing in nightclubs.
In 1990, at the age of 21 he became a member of the US Armed Forces and was immediately
sent to serve in the Gulf War after basic training. He began painting again in his free
time and this time using different resources, a different attitude and creating a
different kind of art. In 1997, by then a Sergeant, he left the Armed Forces, after
serving overseas in Saudi Arabia, Korea and Germany Jansen, who still resides in Germany,
has since focused his time on developing his art and style of work. He has had over twenty
successful exhibitions in 1998, showing his work in Europe and the United States.
His next major
exhibition is in May 1999 at the Galerie Sued in Magdeburg, formerly East Germany.
Jansen's paintings reflect his past and present life experiences, as well as images of his
thoughts, visions, and feelings. Jansen uses primarily oil/lacquer spray-paint, with
spatulas and brush. Each piece is original; he makes no copies. "I use
anything that's available to complete a piece and let my emotions and feelings express
what I have to show".