Jasper Krabbé – Japanese Paintings

Museum de Fundatie
In his recent series of Japanese Paintings, Jasper Krabbé quite literally reverses the conventions of oil painting. Inspired by Japanese motifs, the series is made by using impressions of images on the back of unconventional supports like antique linen and pieces of canvas from old theatre scenery.
Jasper Krabbé

The work of Jasper Krabbé (Amsterdam, 1970) reflects memories of places, events and persons.

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The main focus of these new works by Jasper Krabbé (b. Amsterdam, 1970) is not so much the subject as the painting process. “I wanted to get away from the anecdotal and back to the making process itself. And at the same time to give a greater role to the remains of earlier work and to chance. You throw the dice and never know how it will roll.” The supports he uses are untreated fabric, the backs of pieces of painted canvas, and prints. He paints his unobtrusive images using thin layers of paint, often in pastel shades. The untreated fabric sucks up the paint, giving the paintings an open and transparent look. Sharp lines blur; figures become distorted. Printed patterns from packaging materials like bubble wrap are sometimes visible and – resembling the grid of dots in commercial print imagery – reference the ‘polka dots’ of Polke, Lichtenstein and Kusama.

Video credits

  • Photography: Peter Tijhuis
  • Film: Sije Kingma
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