Jules Disso (b.1995, Cameroon) is an emerging Cameroonian visual artist. Since 2018, he has represented the Fine Arts of Nkongsamba in competitions like the FACUD (Festival of Arts and Culture of the University of Douala) where he collected the first prize in the painting category. Between academicism and the professional environment, he is maturing his plastic language based on the art of portraiture with a ballpoint pen on canvas that questions the mechanism of childish fulfilment in our urban cities.
Disso explores the childhood mind, the processing of emotions and how they experience reality. Central to the works is the use of teddy bears and dolls, which serve as vehicles for externalising a child’s internal emotional life, while also helping them to re-enact scenes around them to better understand their place within the physical world and the actions of the adults whom they mimic. Disso was inspired by typical family photos from the 1980’s and the work of the Sheffield born artist, Craig Davidson. This series, ‘In the Parent’s shoes’, emphasises how adult behaviour impacts children and the importance of being good role models.