Belgische kunstenaar Jan Vanriet

Vanriet Jan

Jan Vanriet is a Belgian artist who was born in Antwerp in 1948. He was a painter, draftsman, illustrator, watercolorist, printmaker and poet. Education at the Academy in Antwerp (1967-1971). Mainly dealt with classical themes such as portraits, nudes, figures, landscapes, still lifes. Then often saw men in a humorous way and usually put them in a situation. The event was made accessible through a sophisticated use of mostly pastel-like tonalities. Travel to Provence and America moderated the narrative character of his works. In the early 1980's the color palette was reduced and the paint treatment worked more vigorously. Now dissonant and roughly worked out areas of color and powerful contour lines lead to a strong expressive power. His figurative design thus benefits from the achievements of abstraction. Themes such as the desperate human being, crushed by political reality are visualized in images that refer to concentration camps, the fall of communism, the situation in the Eastern Bloc countries, Islam. Realized, among other things, a monumental mural for the Kredietbank in Brussels, worked in 1998 on an even larger project for the metro station Brouckère, also in Brussels. From the press: “In his paintings J.V. visual stories about memories. Sometimes his art is about difficult human relationships. Elsewhere, loneliness is the theme of his work.” Unpacked in 2006 in the gallery De Zwarte Panter in Antwerp with his painting cycle Poetry Death, based on images from Stalked by Film by Nikandr Turkin from 1918 with actors including the tragic poet Vladimir Mayakovsky and his muse Lili Brik. Also worked as an illustrator: 100 drawings and watercolors for Maria Lecina (1976), 24 watercolors and drawings for Death in Venice by Th. Mann (1978), illustrations for The Sign of the Hamster by H. Claus, Stories by W. Ruyslinck, Le Spleen de Paris by Ch. Baudelaire (1980). In 1971 became a teacher and then director at the Academy in Hoboken. Work in the Museum in Antwerp, in the Print Room in Brussels, among others. Mentioned in BAS II and Two centuries of signatures of Belgian artists. Source: Piron.