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Jan Wessendorp (1940) lives in Bergen op Zoom, in a home that also serves as a studio. He has been painting all his life: “It’s all i can do”

About the works

In his work Wessendorp cultivates all disciplines and does not respect the conventional borders. On the contrary: all visual disciplines are brought together and applied with regardless force to convey the underlying feelings and thoughts with as much likeness as possible.
Not only are paint and graph combined in his paintings, the manner of treating the paint using textile and wood in the embossed frames which are indissolubly connected with the paintings, make that the two-dimensionality is questioned and surpassed. His work method is characterised by force, passion, will-power, accuracy and clarity. This results in works that can not be looked at by the spectator without engagement. They always evoke emotions. Not only because they are commanding in themselves, but also because they are fully determinant of the room in which they are placed. The work is expressionist in its contents as well as its imagery.
In his sculptures several materials are used and through use of different textures the materials in themselves are also varied. This is done with great accuracy. A symbioses is formed between bronze and steel and the skin of the materials consolidates the expressiveness of the sculpture. Gloss, mat, rough and polished bring light, shadow, relief, depth and surface into the works, creating an exiting and expressive total image.
(translation Hermien van der Heide)


‘ Crumbs along the road ‘

The book “Kruimels langs de weg” has been published following the overview exhibition Aha Erlebnis in May 2015.

The story of Hansel and Gretel gets an unconventional explanation and meaning in the book. It becomes the story of man who is lost in a loveable darkness, at the time, which will destroy him. But also of his courage and struggle to find his original homeland again. Continue reading “Books”

Artist’s statement

Art is hidden in nature,
whoever can draw it out into the open gets hold of it.

Albrecht Dürer

These words by Dürer are a guide in my work and life.
Not only does it apply to nature, that becomes perceptible as an object world around us, but also, in so far as we are nature ourselves, to our physical and intelligent existence.
Inside us nature makes itself known as the proper, particular disposition and specific talent.
This quality determines the kind of attention we have for that object world, by means of which a world of ideas and feelings opens up.

The struggle of the artist is to come to a distinct form of experience that in its turn expresses itself in a specific artistic ability.
The course of development of vision, originality and ability to express is determined by an ongoing self-education and training, in all aspects of the artists life.
In that, all lower impulses become subservient to the higher ones and are absorbed by them!
“Art is hidden in nature.”

The painted or drawn image is not so much carried by external characteristics, as by internal implications, that are a consequence of that growing awareness.

The possibility to affect and communicate in art: to set the spectator in motion internally and thereby to incite him or her to self-experience, lies not in the driven desire of the producer to announce himself, in the will to affect others or in the lust of the designing.
That possibility lies in the artists ability to create from the source of life that he has been able to tap from and to which he has been able to give an authentic visual form!
“whoever can draw it out into the open gets hold of it!”

Jan Wessendorp (translation: Hermien van der Heide)