Jan te Wierik (Hengelo, 1954) is a Dutch artist. He started as a sculptor in a squatters’ house in the mid-seventies. Because sculpting became too heavy, he exchanged hammer and chisel for the brush. His first paintings were abstract, constructed with violent strokes in unprecedentedly bright colors: it even remained his trademark to this day.
He will not shy away from combining oil paint, acrylates, pigments and lakacryl, which produces the most special effects. He goes back to being a child and playfully creates a composition that can be abstract, but also conjures up figures, myths and landscapes.
Jan is an artist who gives in to his primal thoughts, from the inside straight to the canvas. His work therefore speaks of oppression, hilarity, tragedy, love and grief but never resignation.
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