Roskow, the artist from San Sebastian, is the author of the poster for the 58th San Sebastian Jazz Festival. Accompanying the poster titled Free Jazz are another three illustrations to appear on the banners hanging throughout the city during the Jazzaldia. 58 copies of the poster and of each banner are now available for purchase in NFT format.
Roskow previously created the poster for the Jazzaldia in 2017, with an illustration representing a concert in the Plaza de la Trinidad.
Six years later, he has once again created the poster and the three illustrations that go with it.
The idea for the poster comes from a small painting made by Roskow some years ago, a sketch on paper representing the ‘cubes’ of the Kursaal with the figure of a woman in the forefront. Later, the artist decided that the woman would be a saxophone player and included a percussionist and bass player to complete the band. The concept is simple, a Jazz trio playing in the street at dusk for what could be a celebration or meeting at the entrance to the Victoria Eugenia Theatre, where we imagine there is an audience listening to them. In the background, veiled in the nocturnal cloak so closely linked to Jazz music, is the true protagonist of the poster, the city, with a view of the bridge and the Kursaal.
To accentuate the feeling of a short story, somewhere between fiction and reality, and designed to lend variety to the banners, Roskow has produced another three illustrations. Each features the musicians individually, posing in photocall mode against the same backdrop of the bridge and the Kursaal.
Roskow is the artistic pseudonym of Fernando Huarte Campión, an artist from San Sebastian who lives and works in his home city. From his “operations centre” in the district of Egia, he creates and produces his artistic work with a do-it-yourself approach to production and creative independence: painting on canvas, engraving, digital illustration, silk screening…
Trained as a sculptor in the 80s at the Applied Arts schools of San Sebastian, Seville and La Palma in Madrid, his work is, in the main, pictorial, with the odd foray into engraving, illustration, album and book covers, and poster design.
Roskow’s paintings and engravings have their own easily recognisable style and take their inspiration from illustration, comics and the iconography of punk and new wave in the 80s and 90s. He is also passionate about the Middle Ages, Romanesque art, gothic paintings, the Flemish school and 20th century avant-garde painting. One of his main sources of inspiration is San Sebastian, “a city that just keeps on giving”. As he says: “I love painting San Sebastian, especially its architecture”.
Today he shares a space with the team of illustrators, photographers and artists at Lance&Malone. He is also preparing a major exhibition for the Galería Arteko, with which he has been working for several years.
In addition to these activities, Roskow has a more relaxed musical side that he loves and enjoys. It all started in the 80s with a group called the Elásticos, who later became the Rígidos and finally Los Hormigones. Today he continues to compose, recording and performing countless own numbers.
Roskow’s artwork can be found here: www.roskow.com
And his musical production, here: www.loshormigones.com
58 copies of the poster and each of the banners for this edition of the Jazzaldia are now available for collectors and aficionados. The 4 works can be purchased in euros, either separately or at a discount of 20% for all 4. Every person buying an original NFT published for this year will have an additional reward: two free tickets to a concert at the San Sebastian Jazz Festival by Los Hormigones, the group fronted by Roskow, at a place, date and time still to be decided.
All related information can be found on our website, where you will also find explanations and information on NFTs, what they are and how they work.
In view of the success enjoyed by last year’s poster in NFT format, we now offer a second opportunity to use this technology as a service for those wishing to purchase and collect this type of artistic creations, in digital format and with their corresponding certificates.
To create and launch this process, we have worked with the company Bakarts and the posters can be purchased from their website (https://bakarts.io/). For the process of creating the NFTs we have worked with the Polygon blockchain network. This network’s technology means that the energy consumption for the transactions and process involved in the creating these NFTs is extremely low. The energy required to generate an NFT with this platform is the same as paying for a transaction with a credit card.