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Jan-Hein Arens (born on September 23, 1974 in Vught, the Netherlands) is a painter, sculptor and illustrator. He studied graphic design and illustration at the Grafische School Eindhoven from 1992 until 1996.

The art of Arens concentrates on basic human needs and emotions. By adding different, strange elements, often painted in a realistic way, or placing them out of context the spectator is forced to make up his/her own reason or meaning for the work.

Humour and alienation are essential elements in Arens’ work. Small scribbles of text written directly on the canvas with pen and ink complete the image or just ad confusion.

Whats new?

Affordable Art Fair Stockholm

From 14 till 17 October 2021 the Affordable Art Fair Stockholm will take place in, you guessed it, Stockholm, Sweden. Carré d’Artistes Amsterdam will be there with a selection of their artists, including the work of Jan-Hein Arens.

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Fair overview

The 9th edition of Affordable Art Fair Stockholm showcases 1000s of contemporary artworks from 40 hand-picked local and international galleries. Whether you’re a seasoned collector, or looking for your first limited-edition print, the fair is the perfect place to learn more about art and refine your taste. So, mark your diary and prepare to discover new and exciting art from around the world!

You can find more information on their website.

Morton Contemporary Art Gallery

Jan-Hein Arens’s work is now available at Morton Contemporary Art Gallery in Philadelphia, USA. A selection of drawings and sculptures is available at the gallery and on their website.

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About Morton Contemporary:

Morton Contemporary Art Gallery is the culmination of 15 years of passion for fine contemporary art. Our diverse contemporary art collection ranges from original works on canvas to sculpture, mixed-media, and photography. We specialize in representing and promoting innovative emerging and established artists from around the world.

Morton Contemporary embodies an ethical as well as aesthetic vision, a commitment to equity and inclusion in tune with worldwide social movements. Debbie Morton, owner and founder of Morton Contemporary, aims to diversify not only the audience for fine art, but its source by elevating the work of traditionally underrepresented artists such as women and artists of color from around the globe. Debbie Morton actively participates in local philanthropic endeavors including supporting fundraising efforts for nonprofits and increasing engagement between artists and their communities.

New batch of sculptures

A fresh batch of five ‘Boy with Asymmetrical Ears’ sculptures came out of the oven a while ago. These little bastards are painted with a bit more blue. the sculptures are slip cast and painted with acrylics. You can find more information about the sculptures here. If you are interested in buying one click here.

Ceramic Sculpture

Boy With Asymmetrical Ears is a limmited edition sculpture. The sculpture is cast with slip (liquid clay) into a mould. Once it is released from the mould it dries for a couple of days and small corrections are made. Then it is stacked in a ceramics oven which is fired to 980 degrees celsius.
The first batch of five is painted with acrylics.

Boy With Asymmetrical Ears, Ceramic sculpture, painted with acrylics and sealed with varnish. Size: 11 cm high, 8 cm wide and 9 cm deep.

This ceramic sculpture is for indoor use only. Outside it will probably crack from low temperatures, bleach in the sun or get stolen by jealous neighbours.

Affordable Art Fair 2020

From 29 October till 1 November 2020 there will be another Affordable Art Fair Amsterdam. The effortlessly cool de Kromhouthal will be packed with 1000s of affordable pieces all priced at €7,500 or under. Browse works by fresh, contemporary artists exhibited by local, national and international galleries.

The work of Jan-Hein Arens will be there on display at the booth of Carré d’Artistes. More information about the Affordable Art Fair can be found here.

Commissioned painting: Wolfpack

For a client in the UK, who was very fond of her dog and wanted to surprise her husband, Arens made a painting featuring the clients dog.

Wolfpack – 50/50cm, acrylics and ink on canvas.

100 Crappy Drawings

100 crappy drawings is a book with a selection of 100 drawings. Throughout the years these drawings have found their way to galleries in France, Australia and the Netherlands.

From the introduction:

‘I discovered that drawing is an art form that suits me more than fine. It’s nothing fancy, just a piece of paper, a bit of paint, some blue and white drawing chalk and pen and ink. But opposed to painting it is very fast, and I like to work fast. I even have a hair dryer in my studio to dry paint so I can move on (lots of coffee and loud music also help).

So, enough with the artistic romance, let’s get on to the drawings. In this book you will find a selection of 100 drawings, which were sold in different galleries over the years. I redid them, because the originals were in colour. If a single drawing is framed, colour is great, but once they are made into a book it will look more like a candy store than an art book. And yes, I did take the opportunity to correct and improve some.’

Here you can find a review.
You can buy it on Amazon, Bol.com or one day maybe in the store.

Commissioned painting: Youth of Today

Housing corporation Charlotte van Beuningen commissioned Arens to make a painting for the hallway of one of their buildings. For the corporation it was very important that the tenants liked and approved the painting. In an early stage sketches were presented to the tenants and their suggestions were taken along in the process of painting this piece.

The theme of the painting is ageing. Most tenants in this building are elderly, but that doesn’t mean they are old and done. The main text on the painting is (translated from Dutch): In a recent past I was today’s youth.

Isolated detail of the painting ‘Jeugd van Tegenwoordig’ (Youth of Today).