Joost Krijnen. Picture the Paint

23 Nov 2018 – 12 Jan 2019

Gerhard Hofland

North Holland, Netherlands


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Gerhard Hofland is proud to present Picture the Paint by Dutch artist Joost Krijnen (1983, NL). This is the first solo-exhibition by Krijnen in the gallery since his debut l’Astronaut Provinciale from 2015.

In the exhibition Picture the Paint Joost Krijnen unfolds thoughts and situations from his personal life through a range of new drawings, paintings, collages, and installations. Drawings and sketches, which the artist produces in repetitive sequences, are often compiled into large compositions by connecting them through strong, decisive lines, adding sculptural elements, or by literally piecing them together in collage. This process amounts into rich and complex images that reveal a multitude of narratives and perspectives concentrated around a single situation.

Krijnen’s style and approach are direct by nature and give a clear insight in the working method of the artist. Rather than planning his compositions and images on forehand, the artist appears to think in lines and shapes by which he processes his immediate and inner surroundings. Every new line points towards a new thought, a plottwist that recurrently resets the direction of the image as a whole. And while each line offers an infinity of new possibilities, it is also ultimately indelible.

Both this working method and the personal nature of the images make Krijnen’s work wonderfully disarming and vulnerable, while the depicted scenes can often be considered as comical and cheeky because of the loose and recognisable signature of the artist. Through a unique and challenging visual language, Krijnen has been continuously building on a rich and distinct body of work that keeps questioning the nature of his practice.

Joost Krijnen (1983, Breda, NL) lives and works in Amsterdam (NL). He graduated from the AKV/St Joost Academy in 2007 and was resident at De Rijksakademie voor Beeldende Kunsten in 2013 and 2014. In 2015, Krijnen was awarded the Dutch Royal Award for Modern Painting, as well as the Scheffer Award from Museum Dordrecht. Works by Krijnen are part of various public collections such as the Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, SCHUNCK*, Heerlen, and Museum Dordrecht, and was acquired by corporate collections such as the LUMC, Leiden, the VU Medical Centre, Amsterdam, and the ING Collection.

Exhibiting artists

Joost Krijnen


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