Statement

José Krijnen (1972) draws and paints detailed and refined, preferably in a large or even huge format. Well skilled the work is attractive to the perceiver. At the same time, there is something paradoxical in the works: bold colour schemes, deviating perspectives and the interplay between figurative and decorative elements. In a tactile attentive way, there is disruption and affirmation by cursing.

Working on

Waiting means more than just waiting for. This mode of time is a beautiful start for reflecting on (embodied) images of time. Fascinated by the qualities of this non-glorious state of being I develop new works and explore various media like photography, drawing, writing, cutting and embroidery.


Razzle Dazzle or ‘disruptive patterning’ is a natural phenomenon in which animals blur their contours through their patterns. For example, an owl can coincide with the trunk of a tree or a running group of zebras can form a fragmentation bomb. Hugh Cott wrote a book about it in 1940. The drawing of the Pottoo being part of his surrounding is made by him. Disruptive patterns make it possible to dance on the cutting edge between realism en abstraction. Boundaries and hierarchy between subjects and objects, different cultures and different schools of thought are questioned in these monumental drawings. As an artist, I try to grasp intertextuality, meaning and mystery in a post-modern fragmented time frame. The viewer can dwell in a polyphonic space in the multitude of perspectives, patterns and structures elaborated with great attention to detail. The human figure almost merges with its environment in which the many voices conflict, compete, merge and harmonize.