Sint Joost academy for Visual Arts, 1978, 1983
landscape, realism, sculpture, figurative, abstract, digital, photography, modern, surrealism
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.