Overview

Nemo Jantzen plays with focus, creating a sense of depth, thus bringing into question the act of voyeurism and the anticlimactic and revelatory nature of privacy.

In his hyperrealistic work, Nemo Jantzen is much inspired by film and tries to capture details of highly enlarged objects or photographic moments in time. These scenes portray often decadent and noir-style subject matters with a story to tell - like a movie still with an open ending - deliberately avoiding eye contact that could give away the personality of the painted subjects, as to not interfere with the imagination of the spectator. This compells us to think and imagine what has happened or what will happen next. Intrigued by light and the mystery of darkness, Jantzen plays with focus, creating a sense of depth and connecting the image and viewer through the inclusion of the optical vocabulary of cinematography, and the allusion to the constraints of the instant polaroid.

In his mixed-media body work of painted ceramics on wood, Nemo Jantzen wishes to capture and address the times we live in. In particular the voyeurism of hidden cameras and video surveillance that have become accepted in our society, creating awareness of this invasion of privacy for our own perverted need to watch and to know everything. In the name of safety and control, and fed by the media, this imagery has changed into entertainment and pleasure. He depicts public figures that became common good and through a language of blurred and pixelated imagery, photographic stills and scenes that can tell whole stories in one glance. In these pieces, built up out of hand-painted ceramic tiles which he uses as building blocks, that by themselves are nothing more than that, but together form pixelated shapes that merely suggest an image that our imagination transforms into flowing and complete figures. The missing details and shortage of information stimulates our imagination to fill in the blanks and create the excitement. With large-scale images built out of hundreds of small images; stories incapsulated in glass spheres the work simply keeps repeating to the viewers. In a word : “The closer you look, the less you see”.

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Biography

Born and raised in The Hague in 1970, Nemo Jantzen then studied art, design and photography at the RTO in Rotterdam and moved to Antwerp to work as a creative director and billboard artist, while further developing his technique and style as a fine artist. After several years in Belgium and a year travelling through Asia and the Middle East, he settled down in Spain, where he dedicated his career to the making of fine arts, mentoring other artists and constantly exhibiting to high acclaim.

SOLO & GROUP SHOWS

2018
LA Art Show
Context Art Miami
Art Market Hamptons
Scope Miami Beach
AAF London Hampstead
Art Up Lille

2017
Art Up Lille
AAF New York
Art Center Hong Kong
LA Art Show
Context Art Miami
Art Market Hamptons
Scope Miami Beach

2016
Art New York
Art central, Hong Kong
Art Wynwood
Miami Artstage
LA Art Show
AAF Singapore
AAF New York

2015
Contemporary Istanbul
Artstage, Singapore
Art Hamptons
Art Southampton
Art Toronto
Art Jakarta
Art Miami
Art Wynwood
Scope Basel, Miami
LA Art Show
AAF New York
Wanrooijn gallery, Amsterdam
De Medicis gallery, Paris

2014
LA Art Show
Art Hamptons
Art Wynwood
Scope Miami
Scope Basel
AAF Hampstead
Amsterdam Show
Artered gallery
New York Artstage
Toronto art fair
AAF New York
AAF Singapore

2013
Scope Basel
Group Show Gallery 2.0, Holland

2012
Houston Fine Art Fair
Context art fair, Miami
Artered gallery, New York
London Art

2011
Art Chicago, Artered, Chicago
Art Hamptons, New York
Artered project, Wynwood
Villa del Arte galleries, Barcelona

2010
Line art, Gent, Belgium
ARTI'10 The Hague, Holland
BuyArt Fair, Manchester

2009
Newcastle Gateshead

2008
GEAF, Gooi en Emland Artfair
Buyart fair, Newcastle
Konstmässen, Stockholm
Open Art fair Utrecht
Northern Art fair, Harrowgate

2007
Galerie Giardino, Berg en Terblijt, Holland
ArtNime, Nîmes, France
Salzburg World fine Art fair
Galeria Mallorca, Mallorca
Glasgow Art fair

2006
Villa del Arte galleries, Barcelona
Galerie Giardino, Berg en Terblijt, Holland

2005
So-Hyun Gallery, New York
IAF (Inspired Art Fair), London
Barcelona Art Galleries, Barcelona
Caixa Terrassa, Spain

2004
So-Hyun Gallery, New York
Barcelona Art Gallery, Barcelona

2002
Villa del Arte, Barcelona

2001
Fundacion contra Sida, Barcelona