This is one of those artist who is hardly known outside the Den Haag region. He knew Nanninga, was a friend of Jan Snoeck and even had a duo exhibition with him at the Museum Jan van der Togt a few years ago.
Personally i am not too familiar with the works by Lens, but when you look at them, you can see some influences of Cobra painting and ….Kees van Bohemen who he must have known from the cafes in Den Haag where the artist gathered ( de Posthoorn is very well known). Being a member of Pulchri artist studio he regularly had his exhibitions , but it took until 2005 before he had his first major retrospective exhibition at the Jan van der Togt museum . This catalogue is now available at www.ftn-books.com
An exhibition of which i remember a hellish ride to Gent to see the print proofs of the catalogue on Pierre Weiss. One of the first exhibitions curated by Franz Kaiser and with a catalogue designed by Gracia Lebbink. The printers waited for my arrival, but extremely heavy rain showers delayed my arrival by some 2 hours. After finally arriving it was the lunch break at the printers and lunch is “holy” in Belgium. Everybody stops working and has lunch. So did i . I was invited by the printers to have lunch and with them it meant a very nice lunch indeed at one of the finest restaurants in Gent. a 3 course lunch was normal including 2 glasses of great wine and a coffee it made me forget the terrible ride i had to arrive in Gent. This was almost 30 year ago now. I have forgotten the catalogue on Weiss, but the ride is still a vivid memory.
Just because personally i think that Ossip is one of the most important contemporary artists in the Netherlands and because he has an exhibition currently at galerie Ramakers, i want to share the documentary that was broadcasted yesterday on dutch television. It shows Ossip (Snoeck) and his father Jan Snoeck at work in their studios. They both have a very personal and authentic approach to their art and the universe Ossip creates and has created with his “sculptures”
I do not know what to say. Is Henk Visch the dutch equivalent of Jean Bilquin or is it the other way around? Certain is that both artists are inspired by the same objects and surroundings.
Another influence must have been the sculptures by Brancusi because a returning object is the portrait sculpture Brancusi has made in several versions.
But there is much more to discover in the works by Jean Bilquin. When you leaf through the catalogue which was published on the occasion of the Kunsthal exhibition ( 2008 ). You really feel that you are discovering an artist. An artist who is inspired by nature and people. Both subjects combining in a very personal kind of art on larger sized canvasses. This is the kind of work which always attracts me and which i want to discover further after i have visited the exhibition. The catalogue ( available at www.ftn-boooks.com) shows exactly why these works have a rare quality. The catalogue has several fold out pages which make the scale of these large paintings somewhat visible.
Is it sculpture, it it photography, is it drawing, is it painting , kinetic or is it……..? I really can not determine exactly what it is , but i like it very much. Ossip is one of the artists i collect and admire. I will write a blog on him in a few months after i have visited his studio again, but in the meantime you can have an idea of his work when you look at the pictures with this blog and please do not hesitate to put you comments underneath it.
This week another of the Jan Snoeck unique ceramic plates will be auctioned at Catawiki. What makes this plate very special is that the nose is a special protruding ceramic part of the plate. The auction can be found here
It has been some time now that i am auctioning on Catawiki handpainted plates and bowls by Jan Snoeck. These items were made some 30 years ago and are all signed on the back. I mention this auction, because Jan Snoeck will have a special exhibition at the Museum Jan van der Togt / Amstelveen opening on the 1st of March ( https://www.jvdtogt.nl/verwacht-jan-snoeck-oskar-lens/). This will be a great occasion to see the works by Jan Snoeck who has become one of the most important European ceramic artists. Snoeck’s his works are rarely offered but the plate on Catawiki / https://veiling.catawiki.nl/kavels/10479085-jan-snoeck-unicum-schaal. is a rare and typical Snoeck ceramic plate and deserves to become part of a great collection. Take a look for yourself and if you are interested in the books by Jan Snoeck, visit www.ftn-books.com. ( only a few left). For the other available plates inquire.
If you ask a citizen of THE HAGUE who is Jan Snoeck?…. They probably do not know who he is, but ask if they know about the ceramic statues, they do know them. These statues are spread all over THE HAGUE and trademark works by this artist. Snoeck born in 1927 is one of the great masters who grew up and stayed in THE HAGUE all of his life and has parctically known all of the artists from the POSTHOORN group. Ceramics are what he is known for although he also made some graphic works and paintings. I know Snoeck from his earliest days because at one time a bought a lithograph at Arta in the early 70’s.
And now i am selling the UNICA he has made some 30 years ago
A few months ago i was contacted by a collector who wanted to sell her collection of unique plates and i agreed to help. So these weeks special unique plates by Snoeck are sold through Catawiki and the one that is for sale now can be found here.
Artist/ Author: Oliver Boberg
Title : Memorial
Publisher: Oliver Boberg
Measurements: Frame measures 51 x 42 cm. original C print is 35 x 25 cm.
signed by Oliver Boberg in pen and numbered 14/20 from an edition of 20