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Jan te Wierik (Haaksbergen) began his art career in 1971 at the age of 21. He had little to no exposure to art in his early years. He is totally self-taught, and started his career primarily as a sculptor with painting being a secondary medium. After some years sculpting in heavy stone, he developed back problems which forced him to concentrate primarily on painting.
Jan works with specially prepared paper and uses acrylics, acrylic pigments, and various types of oil paint including artists' oils and ordinary oil based house paint. Most of Jan's work is done in mixed media. The colors in his work are primary. The backgrounds are nondescript and on most paintings, two primary images are depicted. Sometimes they are obviously animal, but occasionally one can see a distinct human appearance. Whatever it may be, woman or man, bird or dog, what these creatures have in common is either an intense connection or a rather harrowing lack of contact. A self-taught artist, Jan identifies most with other expressionist painters.
While early in his career Jan worked primarily in the abstract, form has become more and more important to him. He works impulsively out of pure emotion and rarely has a preconceived plan. As he puts it, "I simply start working in the morning. I think painting is a craft; I don't wait for inspiration."
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Written Sep 19, 2002
Klaas Bernink uses the socalled "clear line". He paints nothing that is not necessary. His main topics were textile industry, rail, and mines. But also local buildings and scenery.
He started out as a factory worker. He had drawn from a very young age on, but it was only after the Second World War he went to the Arts Academy to learn how to paint.
In 1965 he decided to become a full time artist.
His style: strong, clear paintings without elaboration. He used acryl paint which dries faster and was just more economic for a home worker like he was.
A book about his work and life was written by Peggy Breitbach.
ISBN: ISBN 9036513715
Updated Sep 15, 2002
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