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Abstract Paintings and Drawings by Arjan Janssen

A painting with tones of grey, black, and whiteNimmt, oil on canvas

Arjan Janssen creates abstract paintings and drawings that celebrate colour and large, confident brush marks. The artist was born in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, and has exhibited throughout Europe and the United States.  


An abstract mixed media drawingAprutino uno, mixed media on paper

 

Some of the artist’s paintings remind me of works by Gerhard Richter -- Janssen’s works appear similarly layered with massive brush marks and a kind of blend between methodical and frantic application. 

 

The artist’s drawings have a great sense of energy to them. The darkness of the medium, which looks to be charcoal, and the scribbled, frenetic energy to the lines themselves speak of a kind of dark, obsessive way of working, one that draws the viewer in and asks to be examined. One feels like they might be able to trace the application of these lines back to their very beginning, find image and meaning in these very abstracted pieces.


A large oil painting with primarily red huesPulse, oil on canvas


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Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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