Arjan Van Helmond

1971 · Netherlands

Artist biography

Arjan Van Helmond is a mid-career contemporary visual artist, who was born and brought up in the Netherlands, like other celebrated artists such as Bas De Wit, Ekta, Martin C. De Waal, Sarah Mei Herman, and Michaël De Kok. Arjan Van Helmond was born in 1971.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Arjan Van Helmond's work is on display at Galerie Juliètte Jongma located in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Arjan Van Helmond most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Albada Jelgersma Gallery in Amsterdam (20 December 2019 until 20 December 2019) with the exhibition Christmas Market. Arjan Van Helmond's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions at; Albada Jelgersma Gallery in Amsterdam (16 January 2020 - 28 February 2020) with the name Seven X Seven and Albada Jelgersma Gallery in Amsterdam (25 October 2019 - 13 December 2019) with the name Fragments of Garden. Arjan Van Helmond's first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called The figure in the carpet and took place at Albada Jelgersma Gallery in Amsterdam, the Netherlands from the 15 June 2018 to 27 July 2018.

Historical Context of Netherlands

The Netherlands has been recognised as an artistic and cultural centre for centuries, for instance through the international influence of renowned artists such as Jan van Eyck in the fifteenth century. In the 1600s, the Dutch Golden Age saw the rise of such distinguished artists as Rembrandt, Rubens, Vermeer, Van Dyck and Van Ruisdael. Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh is considered as one of the most significant forerunners of the post-Impressionist period and is still regarded as an extraordinary, unprecedented painter that has influenced the art sphere regardless of any era or movement. Originally established as a magazine, De Stijl was a movement that established abstract art in the Netherlands, led by Piet Mondrian and Theo van Doesberg. De Stijl artists would adopt a visual language solely composed of geometrical shapes, and the movement also had a significant influence on modern architecture as well as design. Gerrit Rietveld was a prominent architect and designer who adopted the ideals and the essence of De Stijl in his work. Willem de Kooning was also a Dutch national, though he relocated to the United States in the earlier years of his life, and his work was largely influenced by the Abstract Expressionism movement prosperous in New York City in the late 1940s and 1950s.

Further Biographical Context for Arjan Van Helmond

Born in 1971, Arjan Van Helmond grew up during the 1980s and was influenced by the artistic atmosphere of the time. The 1980s were an era of growing global capitalism, political upheaval, global mass media, wealth discrepancies and distinctive music and fashion, characterised by hip hop and electronic pop music. This had a heavy impact on the generation of artists growing up during this era. The fall of the Berlin Wall at the end of the 1980s marked the end of the Cold War, yet the era was also distinguished by the African Famine. During this time prominent art movements included Neo Geo, The Pictures Generation and Neo-Expressionism, which took a particular hold in Germany, France and Italy. Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were primary artists working during this period, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who established the street art and graffiti movements, which quickly gained recognition.

Arjan Van Helmond

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