His first series as a visual artist is an intense exploration of stylistic elements known from express ionism and surrealism while exhibiting also the mundane and the abyss. With quick, powerful brushstrokes and colors, shining out darker parts, Sander creates a pictorial world in motion. The works show a personal view on the Neukölln surroundings of the artist. Through strong contouring Jan Sander creates compositions which are harmonious and simultaneously thrilling the viewer with their unique dynamic. Adventurously he oscilates between abstraction and representation using at times a fluorescent palette and thus evoking memories of classical modernist works. In some pictures scenes appear, which remind of Kafkaesque situations, and feelings of isolation.
Not one of the 22 pictures was given a name. All works have been created under the title “Neukölln ANDERS” (Neukölln differently). The pictures are painted on cardboard with charcoal and acrylic paints and measure about 50 x 70 cm. The development of Jan Sanders working method as described by Gabriele Bendow: “The first works in color are showing a series of archaic portraits, rich in expression and resembling masks. Starting with the thematic dispute of landscape and architecture his works are becoming more alive more free and they always have an original signature.”