bio

Jan

van der Ploeg

Amsterdam

,

1959

Lives and works in Amsterdam

... Walls, facades, stairwells, and lobbies are the supports for Van der Ploeg’s paintings, Recently his works appear to have taken on an almost cartoonesque or caricature-like quality, as if the painter has shed his relative modesty. He has painted all the walls of a classical interior in the Charlottenborg Exhibition Hall in Copenhagen with an oversize brick pattern, producing a work that in a certain sense has a figurative effect and makes a direct comment on the surrounding space Van der Ploeg’s wall paintings have the ability to give structure and to create a completely novel spatial awareness. By stacking five colored stripes one above the other in a long, narrow corridor in the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, he managed to evoke a thoroughly new sense of space among the museum’s visitors. This wall painting also had something of the cartoonesque; indeed the stacking of the specific colors quickly earned the work the nickname “Licorice Allsorts”. And the work for the Hammer Museum also has, as mentioned earlier, a figurative, almost humane quality.  

Jan van der Ploeg’s projects always contain an unmistakable element of spatial transformation. They are bound to their context and are directed at the visitor’s point of view. Increasingly they seem to have taken on a more figurative formal language. It seems to me that this provides sufficient reason for saying that the old Dutch schism has been sublimated in Van der Ploeg’s work-not “form or fellow”, but increasingly “form and fellow”.  

From Jan van der Ploeg, Rein Wolfs, Hammer Museum (2016)

Featured artworks & exhibitions

WALL PAINTING No. 447

2017

group exhibition
Haus für Kunst Uri
Altdorf, CH

WALL PAINTING No. 321

2011

solo exhibition
Collection Conny and Frank Delissen
Nijmegen

WALL PAINTING No. 293

2010

public sculpture
Dutch Ministry of Finance
The Hague

artworks

untitled
2021
screenprint on paper
43.5 x 34.5 cm
untitled (painting no. 22-05)
2022
acrylic on canvas
140 x 90 cm
untitled (painting no. 21-30)
2021
acrylic on canvas
55 x 45 cm
untitled (work on paper no. 23-02)
2023
acrylic on paper
55 x 45 cm
untitled (painting no. 23-25)
2023
acrylic on canvas
61 x 49 cm
untitled (painting no. 21-29)
2021
acrylic on canvas
76.5 x 30 cm
untitled (painting no.23-27)
2023
acrylic on canvas
76,5 x 50,5 cm
untitled (painting no. 23-26)
2023
acrylic on canvas
50,5 x 50,5 cm

gallery exhibitions & fairs

CURVES
CURVES
Jan van der Ploeg
December 2, 2023
February 17, 2024
Negenenveertig en een half
Negenenveertig en een half
Nazif Lopulissa, Ciro Duclos, Daan van Golden, Majda Vidakovic, Rob Renoult, Ido Vunderink, Bert Frings, Lieve Hakkers & Jan van der Ploeg
December 22, 2022
January 13, 2023