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Amsterdammer Jan Sierhuis

Amsterdammer Jan Sierhuis - Lyklema Fine Art
Artist and painter Jan Sierhuis (1928-2023) grew up during the years of the depression. His father died when he was two. In his early youth he regularly sculpted and drew and at the age of eleven he made his first painting. During the Second World War, Sierhuis mainly painted cityscapes, which he thought fit in with the style of George Hendrik Breitner. “I sold one painting after another.” He also painted naturalistic landscapes. The city boy attended vocational school to become a house painter, which gave him a lot of knowledge of materials. In 1945 he was admitted to the evening course at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, which he left after a conflict. Sierhuis was an Amsterdammer through and through, a painter who was satisfied with the reality of his environment to paint.

After the war he developed into an expressionist painter, influenced by Van Gogh, Matisse and Picasso, among others. He was involved with the Experimentals in 1947 and with the CoBrA group from 1948. He was good friends with members of the Cobra movement, including Karel Appel and Corneille, but members of CoBrA thought he was too young to officially join the art movement. Sierhuis worked mainly abstractly, but was more figurative than Appel and Corneille.

"Without figuration I would never have known exactly what to talk about, a grasp. For me, life is that coat. I paint from there. Never from a formalism or a theory."Mexicaanse Ruiter op de Sierra-1961-Stedelijk
Mexicaanse Ruiter op de Sierra-1961-Stedelijk


Later was hij medeoprichter in 1962 van de Amsterdamse kunstenaarsgroep Groep Scorpio; "Angry Young men die het tentoonstellen anders wilden aanpakken. In die periode begon hij ook naam te maken; Willem Sandberg van het Amsterdamse Stedelijk Museum begon zijn werk te exposeren en ook aan te kopen wat resulteerde in zijn eerste grote overzichtstentoonstelling aldaar in 1971. Daarvoor exposeert hij al in Parijs, Mexico, Brazilië en Kopenhagen.

Jan Sierhuis-1969-Landschap-Stedelijk


After 1984 he returns to romantic expressionism, in large formats he is inspired by flamenco, which fascinates him mainly because of the feeling that this dance conveys. These dances have everything from his painting: color, emotion, movement and rhythm. He spent many summers in Spain where a passion for flamenco arose and he also started working in three dimensions. He has built up a broad oeuvre of paintings, gouaches, sculptures, etchings, lithographs and graphics.

Zeefdruk Sierhuis Flamenco
Zeefdruk Sierhuis Flamenco

Jan Sierhuis taught at Atelier '63 in Haarlem and later after 1983 at the Rietveld Academy and the Rijksacademie in Amsterdam. He received several prizes, including an honorable mention at the Prix de Rome. In 1990 he had an exhibition at Delaive. In 1998, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam put together a major exhibition in honor of De Sierhuis' seventieth birthday. In 2002 he became an Officer in the Order of Orange-Nassau.

Kunstenaar Jan Sierhuis op 94-jarige leeftijd overleden - NRC
Sierhuis in 1990 at Delaive 




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