Jim Avignon

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Jim Avignon, TYPO Berlin 2014
Photo Hreinn Gudlaugsson
Jim Avignon, TYPO Berlin afterparty 2014
Photo Hreinn Gudlaugsson

Jim Avignon (born February 28, 1968 ) is a German pop art artist and representative of the modeste art . Avignon works as a painter , musician , illustrator and concept artist. The center of his work is Berlin , especially the clubs of the techno scene there . Jim Avignon is known for the fact that he often sells his pictures, which he has produced in large numbers at high speed, at very low prices or even gives them away. Because of this, his art has already been called Cheap Art . From 2006 Avignon lived in New York. He is currently living in Berlin again.

Before his career as an artist, Avignon worked as a programmer, geriatric nurse and school bus driver, according to him.

Artistic work

Jim Avignon began his official career as a painter in the early 1990s with decorations and sets for rave events. The central motif in the art of Jim Avignon is speed, the expression of the “attitude towards life of the techno generation ” and “the failure of the individual” in a constantly accelerating world. This is also evident in his productivity, which, according to his own statements, averages 4.37 plants per day. For example, in the 1980s, he painted all the exhibits for an exhibition in a week. Despite the implementation based on pop culture, Avignon's images often refer critically to contemporary problems such as bribery and corruption (“the man behind me”) or the lack of real communication in the so-called information society (“communication disaster”, “interview situation” or “ the press conference ").

Avignon's projects include a performance during Documenta X , in which - outside of the official exhibition program - he painted a new picture every day and then destroyed it again, and the production of a painting with an area of ​​2800 m², which was presented on the occasion of The reopening ceremony of the Berlin Olympic Stadium was carried into the stadium by 132 athletes. Another well-known, publicly accessible work by Avignon is a section of the longest surviving section of the Berlin Wall, the East Side Gallery , which he painted . In October 2013, Avignon painted over his own, listed wall painting from 1991 in a publicity campaign with the support of several art students without having a permit. The artists ' association Künstlerinitiative ESG eV criticized the action and examined criminal proceedings against Avignon. The monument protection authority examined the imposition of a fine. A little later, the new picture of the wall could be seen as a backdrop in the credits of a Telekom commercial.

Work as a designer

Jim Avignon also designed Swatch watches, painted a German BA airplane , Rover cars and illustrated a cookbook ( Hoch die Dose , 2006). On the occasion of the Buddy Bear Berlin Show 2001 he designed a bear that stood in a prominent place on Kurfürstendamm for over a year. Jim Avignon has published several books as well as the art and graphics magazine attack delay .
For the 2005 film One Day in Europe by Hannes Stöhr , Avignon designed the film poster together with Neil Reynolds .


With his "1 man home electronics band " Neoangin , Jim Avignon released several albums. In addition, there are international appearances in clubs where Avignon both makes music and paints. According to Avignon, the name Neoangin is a reference to the sweet sore throat pills of the same name.

His musical style can be located in the broadest sense of the word in electronic music. Neoangin plays electropop , which quotes 60s pop , chanson , new wave , electroclash and hip-hop , among others . His pieces of music are often relatively short (around two minutes) and are characterized by accessible melodies and harmonies.

Work as an illustrator

The first book illustrated by Jim Avignon was published in September 2013.


  • Mission Incognito: Jim Avignon , ZDF 2014

Bibliography (selection)

  • Jim Avignon: Me and the Establishment , Onkel & Onkel, Berlin 2011 ISBN 978-3-940029-87-4
  • Jim Avignon / Neoangin - Scratchbook , Favorite Song Records George Lindt ISBN 3-938818-07-7
  • Jim-Avignon [cover title] / Jim Avignon [inside title]: World and knowledge, pictures and stories , with texts by Florian Thalhofer and many others. Verbrecher Verlag, Berlin, 2003
  • Tom Combo, Maybe only part-time , Berlin 2001 (Illustrations)
  • Jim Avig [sic] & Lisa Brown : Non Radioactive , Paris, 2000
  • Jim Avignon, TV made me do it , Verbrecher Verlag, Berlin 2000
  • Jim Avignon, Busy , Berlin 1998

Web links

Commons : Jim Avignon  - Collection of Images, Videos and Audio Files

Individual evidence

  1. Martina Wimmer and Stella Bettermann: “Ihr Bilderlein kommet” , in: FOCUS Magazin 1997, No. 52
  2. Suzann-Viola Renninger: “Incorrectly calculated. The Pop Art Artist Jim Avignon ” , in: Swiss Monthly Issues , September / October 2004
  3. "Jim Avignon - The fastest painter in the world" , in: KuBus Magazin No. 61, 2004
  4. ^ Artist from the East Side Gallery faces criminal complaint from Berliner Morgenpost from October 22, 2013
  5. Guy de Maupassant / Jim Avignon: Strong as Death , translated from the French by Caroline Vollmann and with an afterword by Hermann Lindner; Edition Book Guild ISBN 978-3-86406-029-8