Jaco Putker composes vivid, fantastical scenes reminiscent of strange dreams that transcend the boundaries between magical and dangerous, nostalgic and futuristic.
Jaco Putker is a contemporary artist and printmaker from The Hague, The Netherlands. He combines digital and traditional techniques to produce images that are both playful and sinister, nostalgic and magical.
His preferred medium is photopolymer, or solar plate, etching. This technique is a non-toxic way of etching which allows for photorealistic depictions. Rather than impose a meaning to his work, Jaco Putker invites the viewers to associate freely and give his etchings personal significance through individual perceptions and filters.
The titles of the etchings are non-descriptive and give no handle as to the meaning of the works. The artist considers his works to be illustrations to fables that don't exist but hopefully take shape in the viewers' minds.
Jaco Putker was awarded the Dutch national Business Art Service competition for Graphic Arts in 2010. He won the Awagami Paper Factory Prize (at the Awagami International Miniature Print Exhibition) twice; in 2015, and again in 2017. In 2017 he won the ON PAPER International Printmaking Award 2017.
His work has been exhibited throughout Europe, as well as in Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, China, Australia, Argentina, Canada and the USA.
This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist