Johan Kleinjan

Batpool
2018
oil pastel and pencil on paper
100 x 70 cm
Arctic express
pencil on paper
2018
49 x 36 cm
Chinees 38
2017
Marker and pencil on paper
29 x 21 cm
Crisisplant
2018
oil pastel and pencil on paper
42 x 30 cm
Suburburg F72
2017
gouache on paper
70 x 90 cm

I started out as an illustrator drawing people. My inspiration came from my surroundings. Slowly but surely, my interest shifted to architecture. During a residency in Russia in 2013, I took inspiration from old socialist apartment buildings and switched from using a black ink pen to colour gouache. A work period in Taiwan offered me the opportunity to further investigate different drawing and painting techniques. The buildings with caged balconies, often filled with stuff like tropical plants, were a rewarding subject for my drawings. A guest studio in Beijing supported by the Mondriaan Fund eventually brought me back to an old love: people drawn with coloured pencil.

Batpool
2018
oil pastel and pencil on paper
100 x 70 cm
Arctic express
pencil on paper
2018
49 x 36 cm
Chinees 38
2017
Marker and pencil on paper
29 x 21 cm
Crisisplant
2018
oil pastel and pencil on paper
42 x 30 cm
Suburburg F72
2017
gouache on paper
70 x 90 cm