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Roundtrip Pointless Indian Red, 2018

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106 x 106 x 17 cm
41.73 x 42 x 6.69 in






Paintings , Design


  • About the work

Acrylic on linen.

Jan Maarten Voskuil tries to escape the limitations of painting. He has a reductive way of working and a conceptual approach to the painting. He approaches the painting as a construction. He turns the stretcher into a spatial construction before it is tightened and by doing so creating sloping surfaces.

The use of geometry, in particular the circle, in the design of the stretcher as well as playing with monochrome painting shows kinship with minimalism from the sixties and seventies. With the spatial constructions he builds new, often modular paintings by which he manages to bypass self-imposed limitations. By doing so he expands his work into a multifaceted oeuvre that explores the boundary between painting, sculpture, design and architecture.

About the Artists

1964 Arnhem, Netherlands

Based on the premise—formulated by De Stijl cofounder (and fellow Dutchman) Theo van Doesburg—that a work of art refers only to itself, Jan Maarten Voskuil’s paintings-cum-sculptures are full of rigor and humor.

His works are oriented on the circle and the rectangle, whose forms he alters and distorts using mathematical principles. These calculations guide the three-dimensional shapes of his wooden frames, across which he stretches monochromatic canvases. His well-crafted and inventive spatial paintings are presented individually or combined into multipart works and they may be found hanging on or propped against walls, installed in the middle of a room, or even attached to the ceiling.

At once austerely minimal and exuberant, Voskuil’s compositions often appear to be in the process of shapeshifting—peeling off of the wall, stretching, or collapsing in on themselves—as if imbued with minds of their own. Voskuil lives and works in Haarlem and his work is exhibited in museums and art spaces around the world, including the United States, Australia, Japan, Great Britain, France, the Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, Belgium, Sweden, Switzerland and the Netherlands. His work is collected in many public and private collections, such as the Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, the Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, the Wilhelm Hack Museum, Ludwigshafen and the Wannieck Gallery, Brno.

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Rotterdam, Schilderstraat 5

NL=US Art is a private gallery and art consulting service that is dedicated to the promotion of emerging and established artists and the advancement of the visual arts in general. Other than the gallery, our services include private and corporate art advisory and the professional support for our visual artists. The agency is committed to enhancing the visibi...

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