Jan Van Imschoot
Lives in Ghent (BE), born in Ghent (BE).
Jan Van Imschoot (b. 1963) belongs to the Belgian generation of artists who continue a purified pictorial tradition, and can therefore be seen in conjunction with artists such as Luc Tuymans himself, Thierry De Cordier or Michaël Borremans. However diverse their styles and themes may be, their oeuvre is characterised by a similar artisanal preoccupation with the continuance of the métier of the old classical masters in a contemporary manner. In Jan Van Imschoot's case this does not occur without controversy, especially thematically. Every work is an accumulation of mockery, corruption and teeth grinding. His oeuvre can best be described as ‘contemporary baroque with a good dose of anarchy’. Van Imschoot brushes wild portraits and shots of busy interiors, with an alternatingly mocking, challenging or scabrous touch. The visual richness of his canvases refers both to current events and to world literature, while the ambiguity of his titles shows how well-read the artist is. The artist therefore also wants his work to be read in a literary sense, so that the painted image may offer a deeper insight into the human existence, full of contradictory feelings and internal conflicts. The works are infused with fascinating reminiscences and cross references to known traditions: the intensity of Tintoretto, the mockery of Ensor, the colour palette of Van Gogh, the busts of Goya..., but expressed through the contrarian state of mind of the artist in the present.
Text: Hans Willemse
Translations: Michael Meert
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L'adoration de François p...
Jan Van Imschoot, L'adoration de François pour Judith, 2014. Painting, oil on canvas, 130 x 195 cm.
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The collection XXXIII – T...
07 June 2013 - 22 September 2013.
The character of a collection reflected the current priorities of the M HKA collection: the evaluation of Antwerp’s avant-garde tradition; th
Sanguine/Bloedrood. Luc T...
01 June 2018 - 16 September 2018.
During the cultural city festival Antwerp Baroque 2018. Rubens inspires, Luc Tuymans confronts the genius of Baroque masters with the vision
Superdemocracy – The Sen...
01 October 2017 - 31 October 2017.
The exhibition SUPERDEMOCRACY engages with the collections of M HKA (Antwerp) and BPS22 (Charleroi). The exhibitions allows the voices of ind
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Collectie Vlaamse Gemeens...
The M HKA holds works on permanent loan that were acquired with the budget of the Vlaamse Commissie voor Beeldende Kunst (Flemish Visual Art
SUPERDEMOCATIE / SUPERDEM...
The voices of citizens are heard louder than ever in parliaments all over the world, while the diversity of who and what these institutions r