"I like my paintings to be strong, whether from colour, form or something else. I want them to invoke an immediate reaction, either confronting the viewers or drawing them into the work. They do not require much analysis or philosophical consideration, but rather appeal to the emotions."
Born in 1949 in Fredericia, Denmark, JAN studied Literature and History at Odense University (1971-75). He is the co-founder of Funen and Editor of Kunstavisen (Art News) which run from 1975-80 and taught art at Odense Haandarbejds-seminarium (Arts & Crafts College) between 1980-1997. In 1992 he was a TV critic at Fyns Stiftstidende (Funen News) and in 1995 a weekly debator at Radio Fyn (Radio Funen). From 1995-1999 he worked as an art critic at Fyens Stiftstidende.
Select Group and Solo Shows
FLASH exhibitions 1968-88. PRO, Charlottenborg, Copenhagen 1980-89. Nordjyllands Kunstmuseum (North Jutland Art Museum), Aalborg 1982-83. PRIX XVII INTERNATIONAL d’ART CONTEMPORAIN de MONTE CARLO 1983. SPORT I KUNSTEN (Sports in Art), BRANDT’S, Odense 1985. FESTIVAL de LA PEINTURE, Cagnes-sur-Mer, France 1987. 7+7 1st and 2nd JOINT VENTURE, Fyns Kunstmuseum (Funen Art Museum) and art museums in Odesa and Kharkow, Ukraine 1990-92. HOMO FUTURUS, Leopold-Hollsch Museum, Germany and Turnhout Museum, Belgium and The Guinness Hopstore, Dublin in Ireland and Rotonda in Milan, Italy 1989-93. BAKU ART CENTER, XXXX 1993-94. ARTE DIMENSIONE EUROPA, Castello Di Stenico, Trentino in Italy 1996. SPORTEN, PUBLIKUM OG KUNST (Sports, the Public and the Art), Munkeruphus, Gilleleje 1996. SKANDERBORG KULTURHUS (Skanderborg Art Centre) 2006. FREGATTEN JYLLAND, Ebeltoft 2006-07. THE ARTS CLUB, London 2007. The dA Center, Pomona, Los Angeles, 2013. POLITIKEN, Kbh,2014. AUGUSTIANA, Als, DK, 2017. FYNBOERNE KOMMER, AUGUSTIANA, 2019.
FYNS KUNSTMUSEUM (Funen Art Museum), SKIVE KUNSTMUSEUM (Skive Art Museum), The Ny Carlsberg Foundation, the Statal Danish Art Foundation, The Art Foundation of Odense, The Art Foundation of Funen, The Aarhus County Art Committee, The Fredericia City Art Committee, The Roedovre City Art Committee, Team Danmark (Superior Sports Union), Broendby (Leading Football Club). Aarhus University, Institute of Sports.
This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist