Description of work
"The intention of my work is to make the viewer aware of the wellbeing of the ocean. For me the ocean is the most
beautiful thing in the world with all its blue and purity. Nowere else are the colours so beautiful as here in the
Pacific. But those colours are fading as well as its creatures. They (the ocean) don't have the power to stop the abuse
and attack from human activity. Their spirit is enclosed in the story shown in the art, to tell us to make a
connection/bridge of respect to their world. Restoring this repect will give us both the right to live;
destruction will end both worlds."
Jan is a full time artist currently residing in New Plymouth, Taranaki.
In his art career he has been commissioned by Gilze Reijen for the City Council building; the "Trappisten Abbey" in
Zundert, 300th anniversary of a guild in Zundert.
Migrating to Aotearoa in 1983 from the Netherlands, Jan has since adopted the Pacific influence and develops his own
insights of its methodologies.
As a practising artist, he is a committee member of the North Taranaki Community Arts council. He has joined in selected group
exhibitions and created several mural art works for the New Plymouth District Council, New World and several other companies.
He has exhibited internationally and locally, throughout the North and South Islands.
Selected shows include: Mishima Japan 1992; Melbourne Australia "Chapel of Chapel Gallery" 2003; Illustrator for the new
Puke Ariki Museum creating pre-European Maori images with consent and collaboration of the Maori tribe chiefs and elders;
solo exhibiiton at the Percy Thomson Gallery in Stratford 2005.
Nominated for the Martin Hughes Contemporary Pacific Art Award in Auckland in 2005.