In the work of Merel Jansen (1990) the classical painting tradition and the everyday meet.
In this symbiosis we see a clearly formulated reality with seemingly banal subjects such as a chair, plant or table.
It does not seem to be about what she paints, but how she paints it. As David Hockney says: “All good artists make the world around us seem more complex, interesting and enigmatic than it usually appears.”
This is what Jansen is looking for: a new meaning of objects known at first sight.
Merel Jansen lives and works in Arnhem, studied at the AKI Enschede and LUCA School of Arts in Ghent.
In 2020 she will be ambassador for the Rembrandt-year and will exhibit at the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam.