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Jaap de Vries
  • 62, Male
  • Breda
  • Netherlands
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Relationship status
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College / University
sint joost academie of arts 1978-1983
Program / Degree
June 30, 1983
Member type
If you're an artist, what kind of art do you make?
Drawing, Film, Painting, Photography, Video
I am...
born: 15- 11- 1959, Renkum, the Netherlands
education: School of Arts ´Sint Joost´, Breda
period: 1978 - 1983
department: painting
exhibitions: (selection)
• 2006 Let your body talk , ARTI E AMICITIAE, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
• 2006 KUNSTVLAAI, Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
• 2007 20 HOXTON SQUARE, London, UK
• 2007 Decay, Decadence and the Demimonde. THE HOME HOUSE, London, UK.
• 2007 Gallery Majke Hüsstege, Den Bosch, the Netherlands
• 2008 Gallery Stefanie Bergot, Paris, France
• 2008 20 HOXTON SQUARE, London, UK
• 2008 Primo Alonso, London, UK.
paintings in collections: (selection)
S.M. Amsterdam, CALDIC Collection Rotterdam, EON and private collections in Amsterdam, Germany and London.
publications: (selection)
Part 1. ´Masken der Abwesenheit´ Text: Eric Bolle and Marianne Fraaije
Published by J. Maier, Esslingen (D) 1994

Part 2. text: Eric Bolle.
Published by NBKS, Oirschot. 1991.

Part 3. ´Deconstructing the body´ Text: Elly Stegeman and Tim Flesseman
Published by DE BEIJERD, Breda. 1994

Part 4. ´Angel of Revenge´ Text: Ron Diven
Published by Breda´s Museum. 1999
Published by LOKAAL 01, Breda. 2000
- jaapde vries, paintings / watercolors Text: Rob Smolders
Published by Gallery Hof & Huyser, Amsterdam. 2003

- spreek je eigen taal, Bisschop Muskens in gesprek met kunstenaars
Editor: Rob Smolders. Published by Valkhof Pers 2005

- Vanity Fair Germany. Text by Anna Meran. Article about the influence of the internet. 2007

films: (selection)

- ´Angel of Revenge´ (WRAAKENGEL) 1999. 40 min. 16 mm. Production VPRO television. Written and directed by Jaap de Vries. Camera: Danny Elsen. Editor: Sander Vos. With: Lucas Dijkema e.o. Broadcasted 30-04- 2000
- ´Study of a Figure in a Landscape´ 2003. 11 min. DV Camera Sahin Sisic.
With Johnny Lion.
- ´A Meditation on God and Cruelty´ 2004. 40 min. DV.
Camera: Sahin Sisic and Edwin Reinhold. Editor: Sander Vos.

"The inconvenient Beauty of a Contaminated Landscape'
Jaap de Vries at 20 Hoxton Square, London.

" The only body of importance to us is the human body and the awareness of
About my artwork
Ever since my graduation in 1983, my work has centred on juxtaposing a world controlled by prohibitions and another, more sacral world: the world of play. Recurring themes include: ‘the unity of the sacred’, ‘the erotic’ and ‘the aesthetic’.
The basis of my work is painting and water-colouring. I also make films, photographs and sculptures. I am motivated by my experience ‘that the world in which I live does not tally with my desires’.
Art, I believe, enables me to create the space that allows those desires to come alive that in the world around me are subordinate or hidden. I like to experiment with different materials: paint, ink, rubber, photo/paper, purfoam, aluminium etc. I usually work on the standing format 200 x 150 cm. I have developed my own techniques, which involves working on paper and aluminium, with acrylics, cutting up shapes, and subsequently 'sticking' them back on the base with paint...
I use watercolours to create imperfect portraits, in which the mutilation is a metaphor for genuine experience. The watercolour shows that it is the paint itself that makes the wounds; the blood-flowing paint apparently has the capacity to do the same as real cutting. A face evidently still has the power to speak and to torment us with the question what experience it is hiding from us, and apparently the paint itself (and not the representation) is enough to convey this power. Unlike the moving images of a film, art (painting) allows us to experience the unreal as unreal and thereby creates an intimacy and rapport with our desires, in an atmosphere that allows us to become conscious of ourselves and our desires!

Jaap de Vries, 2008
Artists I like
Peter Doig
Michael Haneke (film)
Francis Bacon (Painting)
The depicting can reveal an original violence, just as music also enables us to experience that. Do not underestimate the potential of the circular movement: the duster, the Stanley knife, a flannel with warm water, the pools of water with a dab of pigment, the contour lines of paint that divide the watery surfaces like dikes and yield new marks at fracture points. In short, all this and more benefits the artist.
To enhance the unpredictable, many years ago I began working with watercolours, where I allowed large puddles of watercolour “to do the work themselves”. This entailed a faith in materials and an alternative idea of talent that rejects the somewhat academic notion of the talented hand in favour of a belief in choices. These choices - no matter how erratic they may seem - appear to be controlled, but more by feeling than by knowledge…
Centre of the artworld:
London, my studio, online

wim izaks Award 2008

Artist Jaap de Vries Winner of the 2008 Wim Izaks Prize (€10,000)

THE 2008 Wim Izaks Prize has been awarded to the 49-year-old painter Jaap de Vries. This biennial prize, which includes the sum of €10,000, was announced today at the Teekengenootschap Pictura Dordrecht by the jury’s chairman Rob Smolders. The two other nominated artists, Houcine Bouchiba and Benjamin Roth, have each received €1,500.
From 1994 onwards, the Wim Izaks Foundation has coordinated this two-yearly incentive prize for painters, who make extraordinary contributions to Dutch painting. The exhibition of work by the three nominees can be seen at Teekengenootschap Pictura Dordrecht until 15 February 2009.

Jaap de Vries
In his work, Jaap de Vries is seeking not only the trivial but also what is generally considered to be either banal or morally reprehensible. His objective here is not to shock or deliberately depict the world as being ugly. Instead, by refusing to avoid triviality, he considers that he is actively creating space for desires that would otherwise be suppressed.
His painting constitutes the expression of these desires. It has undergone a spectacular development over the last few years where the depiction of landscapes with no apparent subject matter has led to the discovery of greater visual potential. By painting with watercolours on offset plates - a laborious and unpredictable technique - he has produced an exquisite and transparent colour palette that could not have been achieved in any other way.
Jaap de Vries has also succeeded in creating a strong link between his themes and his working method. This results in a restrained drama of exceptional quality.

The selection procedure
The nominated artists were chosen following a meticulous selection procedure. Once every two years 20 contacts, including curators, art experts and artists, recommend candidates to the jury. On the basis of submitted visual materials, the jury draws up a preselection of artists, who will receive studio visits. The three nominees are then chosen from this group.

The jury
The jury of the Wim Izaks Prize consists of Rob Smolders (chairman of the Wim Izaks Foundation), Jan Keuning, Cees Hoogstad, Moniek Peters and Reinoud van Vught.

Exhibition also to be shown at Tricot Winterswijk
After Dordrecht, the exhibition of the Wim Izaks Prize nominees will be shown from 22 February to 26 April 2009 at Tricot Winterswijk, the new headquarters of the Wim Izaks Foundation.

Opening hours
Teekengenootschap Pictura Dordrecht:
Wed - Sun, 1 – 5 p.m.

Additional information is available at:

For further information and photographic materials:
Annette de Bock
06 23938680
PR & Marketing, Dordrechts Museum
Wim Izaks Prize

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Wim Izaks Award 2008

Artist Jaap de Vries Winner of the 2008 Wim Izaks Prize (€10,000)

THE 2008 Wim Izaks Prize has been awarded to the 49-year-old painter Jaap de Vries. This biennial prize, which includes the sum of €10,000, was announced today at the Teekengenootschap Pictura Dordrecht by the jury’s chairman Rob Smolders. The two other nominated artists, Houcine Bouchiba and Benjamin Roth, have each received €1,500.

From 1994 onwards, the Wim Izaks Foundation has coordinated this two-yearly… Continue

Posted on January 18, 2009 at 11:41


Jaap de Vries in conversation with

Leon Willigendael


Not having or wearing shoes or a shoe: unshod horses.

(from: yourdictionary, June 15, 2007)

Jaap de Vries: That skull with diamonds, it’s beautiful

done, but he didn’t made it himself.

Leon Willigendael: Imagine there’s no skull but just a story

about a skull, and the diamonds are not real. It would stop

to be a 21st century Fabergé egg, though the visual impact

would be… Continue

Posted on February 3, 2008 at 10:05

interview at 20 Hoxton Square

A day with Jaap

Art has not just the capacity to deliver clear messages, to build cool concepts; it also offers us the possibility to enter the universe of a person. It has the universal power of



Posted on February 3, 2008 at 10:01

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At 11:56 on February 1, 2009, Patricia Fernández Miranda (Pafermi)Patricia Fernández Miranda (Pafermi) said…
These faces are very strong, dramatic. I love this language.
At 13:06 on August 24, 2008, Raul de la Torre said…
I like all your works I would like to have the chance to see them live if I go to Europe in a near future .
I'm having a solo show here in California and so far has been not bad.
Keep the good work and good luck on your new exhibit
At 13:13 on July 18, 2008, Anna Jaros said…
Hello Jaap,
Thank you for adding me, your work is great.

best regards
At 11:10 on June 3, 2008, Frank Fu said…
Interesting works!
Please check out my site

Frank Fu
At 13:32 on May 15, 2008, Khairy Hirzalla said…
Hi Jeep,
thanks for the legend of this age the (internet)
unfortunately I've never been in London.
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if you planning to visit Jordan you will be my guest,
At 11:22 on May 15, 2008, Petra said…
Hi Jaap,

Some absolutely lovely work! Such a variety of materials and styles in your pieces, yet all are equally accomplished and beautiful! I love the use of aluminium painting with the sculptural figure of the man positioned in front. I look forward to seeing your work in person! ;-)
At 22:19 on May 14, 2008, Khairy Hirzalla said…
Hi Jaap ,
...me to
happy to see you on my page my friend,
lam always looking for real artist,
fantastic art work,
At 10:50 on April 23, 2008, artgenerator >> Werner Klompen said…

Thank you for be incontact in issue & sense so mucho greatzzzz.....artgenerator
At 11:25 on April 3, 2008, Christian Moeller said…
Dear Jaap,

I thank you. I thank you so much for our friendship here on artreview.com. YOUR works are unbelievable stunning, so ace!!! My really big appreciation!

Have wonderful days

The cream of the crop for you from Berlin

At 23:25 on March 11, 2008, Mimi Yoon said…
WOW~ your paintings are amazing !!!
:) mimi


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