van Hall is from a generation that rediscovered realism in painting. Specially they were interested in the human body. Peter Klashorst founded the group “After Nature” and soon after was joined by Jurriaan van Hall who also is a painter” pur sang”
Jurriaan van Hall (1962) is a painter and sculptor. He studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, the Rijksakademie voor beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam and the Royal College of Art in London. Together with Peter Klashorst and Bart Domburg he founded the notorious artists’ collective, After Nature, which created a commotion in the early 1990s with its controversial painting performances. The artists’ nudes, still lifes, self-portraits and landscapes, painted with loose brushstrokes and intense use of colour, prompted a major revival of figurative painting, with exhibitions in the Netherlands and the United States. Praised and vilified – but never overlooked – the group disbanded in 1993 and the artists went their separate ways.
Looking at his work I find the same approach and “rawness” that i also see in the works of Freud. The human body is not perfect and this is shown without any holding back by van Hall.
It takes some time to recognize the quality of his works but look a little longer and you will discover these paintings being timeless and his painting, raw, blunt, colourful and…..perfect. The above publication by de Lakenhal is available at http://www.ftn-books.com