Jan Willem Van Welzenis

1981 · Netherlands

Artist biography

Jan Willem Van Welzenis is is an established, mid-career contemporary artist, who was born and brought up in the Netherlands, like other celebrated artists such as Maria Van Kesteren, Matti Havens, Wouter Klein Velderman, Onno Adriaanse, and Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorenz. Jan Willem Van Welzenis was born in 1981.

Jan Willem Van Welzenis in private collections

On Artland Jan Willem Van Welzenis' works can be found in the collection of Frans Mols, who for instance also has works by other artists including Won Sou-Yeol, Marie Kølbæk Iversen, and Farhad Farzali.

Historical Context of Netherlands

In the post-Impressionist era, the dutch Vincent Van Gogh is considered among one of the most important innovators, and is of course regarded as one of the most remarkable painters of all time, regardless of the era. In the 20th century, some of the earliest examples of abstraction in the Netherlands were emerged under the aegis of the seminal de Stijl movement, led by Piet Mondrian and Theo van Doesberg. Gerrit Rietveld was an influential architect and designer whose work is closely related to the ideas of De Stijl.

Further Biographical Context for Jan Willem Van Welzenis

Born in 1981, Jan Willem Van Welzenis was largely influenced by the 1990s. Art in the 1990s was defined at the beginning of the decade by a group of artists in the United Kingdom that came to be known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists. They were a diverse collective of practitioners, affiliated loosely by their age, nationality, and their association with Goldsmiths and the Royal College of Art in London, as well as being favoured by super collector of the time Charles Saatchi. The most successful artist of the group is Damien Hirst, who was also an early organiser of group activities. Other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Wood. Much of their work became noted for shock tactics and the sensationalism of both material and message. They also became known for their use of throwaway materials, wild-living, and an attitude that was simultaneously counter-culture rebellion but also entrepreneurial. They gained a large amount of media coverage and dominated British art during the decade. Their international shows in the mid-1990s included the now legendary ‘Sensation'. Also gaining prominence at this time was an emergent trend in Japan related to the huge boom in advertising and consumerism that took place during the economic dominance of the 1980s. The indigenous comic book culture of manga, allied to trends in advertising, graphic design and packaging, saw a young artist called Takashi Murakami develop his theories which he coined ’Superflat’. Influenced by his experiences in New York City in the mid-1990s, Murakami formed an influential collective called Kaikaikiki, which became internationally renowned as an artistic group.

Jan Willem Van Welzenis

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