Jan Vanriet

  • Samuel

Artist statement

Vanriet is an oeuvre builder, in the fullest sense of the term—this can also be understood in a literary manner. Typical of the oeuvre builder is the tendency to construct a personal world in which many other worlds emerge, are soaked up and digested, and metamorphosed into something inalienably personal. Vanriet is automatically tributary to a whole range of historically suffused iconographic themes. He handles visual elements literally like a poet handles words: He arranges them, rearranges them, deletes, adds, revises, starts his pictorial phrase anew, tastes it, takes up themes at large intervals, interweaves motifs and metaphors, and relies, when push comes to shove, on the strength of intuition. Like a poet, he is in pursuit of an ambiguous whole that carries an impression of transparency while simultaneously eluding simple analysis. He is aware that the image itself, if it has been constructed carefully, always evokes more complex associations than schematic intentions. As one delves deeper, the connections become more impressive. Jan Vanriet is something of a contemporary Symbolist, a semiotician in paint, for whom each reference fits into a hermetical system, behind which he frequently attempts to secrete emotion and memory.
One might wonder what generations in a distant future will read into Vanriet’s paintings... These riddle-like works, in which our own actuality and the recent past have been so encoded, in which we must, every time, search for something that will break the code—a smudge on a watercolor, a meticulously copied stencil, a graphite drawing on an alkyd painting, or an ironic point in the title. Many of Vanriet’s paintings can make not only the future viewer, but also the contemporary one feel like a fool, unable to put the cryptic symbols in their rightful place. Yet his work presents itself initially as an inviting, visual play—now sensory and loose; now geometrical and abstract; now like a transparent historical reference; now like a pictorial riddle that releases its meaning in driblets to the viewer. Vanriet’s plastic strategies are very similar to text strategies, and the standard way to break open such systems of symbols is a kind of exegesis, a comparative textual study of the material.
Stefan Hertmans, 2000

  • Jan Vanriet | Painter of Words, by Benno Barnard | Knack.be

    3/4/2016


    Belgium

  • Jan Vanriet | The Music Boy, by Roger Pierre Turine | La Libre

    3/4/2016


    Belgium

  • Jan Vanriet | A Book of Memories | Capital Arte

    3/1/2016


    Spain

  • Jan Vanriet | 'Painting against forgetting' | by Eric Rinckhout, H Art

    2/11/2016


    Belgium

  • JAN VANRIET | ‘In Antwerpen loop ik op wolkjes’ BY JAN VAN HOVE | DE STANDAARD

    7/18/2015


    Belgium

  • Jan Vanriet | SCHILDER MET VERVE', by mark Schaevers | HUMO

    6/9/2015


    Belgium

  • Jan Vanriet, Storyteller, by Muriel de Crayencour | MuCity

    3/19/2015


    Belgium

  • VANRIET VANITY | THE POWER OF PAINT, by Eric Rinckhout | DE MORGEN

    3/19/2015


    Belgium

  • VANRIET VANITY | FLANDERS TODAY

    3/9/2015


    Belgium

  • JAN VANRIET | 'Do Mention the War', by Sam Steverlynck | H Art

    3/5/2015


    Belgium

  • JAN VANRIET | LOSING FACE IN MOSCOW | LA LIBRE BELGIQUE

    2/13/2015


    Belgium

  • VANRIET VANITY | "Tous les émois de la vie en peinture" by Claude Lorent | ARTS LIBRE

    2/13/2015


    Belgium

  • JAN VANRIET | "Color of memory", by Anna Martovitskaya |WWW.ARCHI.RU

    2/9/2015


    Russia

  • JAN VANRIET | LOSING FACE IN MOSCOW | AFISHA

    2/7/2015


    Russia

  • Jan Vanriet | The tragedy of illustrations “Man and Catastrophe” in the Jewish Museum, by Elena Kravtsoun | KOMMERSANT

    1/30/2015


    Russia

  • JAN VANRIET'S PORTRAITS OF AUSCHWITZ VICTIMS ON VIEW IN MOSCOW AND PUTIN SAW THAT IT WAS GOOD, by Sam Steverlynck | De Standaard

    1/29/2015


    Belgium

  • "Jan Vanriet shows the horror without shocking", by Eric Rinckout | De Morgen

    1/29/2015


    Belgium

  • Jan Vanriet | En Bref, by Claude Lorent | La Libre

    1/29/2015


    Belgium

  • Jan Vanriet | 'Holocaust Exhibit Gives Faces to the Victims' by Layli Foroudi | THE MOSCOW TIMES

    1/28/2015


    Russia

  • Vanriet in Jewish Museum Moscow, by FRANK HEIRMAN | Gazet van Antwerpen

    1/28/2015


    Belgium

  • Jan Vanriet | “Many Jews refused to discuss the Holocaust – it is too painful” | IZVESTIYA

    1/27/2015


    Russia

  • Jan Vanriet | “It may be that people will be able to learn lessons from the past”, by DARYA PALATKINA | The Art Newspaper Russia

    1/27/2015


    Russia

  • Jan Vanriet | 9 ARTISTS ON POLITICS | DE MORGEN SPECIAL ISSUE

    5/24/2014


    Belgium

  • Jan Vanriet | De enige vorm van verzet, by Veerle Vanden Bosch | De Standaard

    12/13/2013


    Belgium

  • Jan Vanriet | Gezichten die moesten verdwijnen, by Eric Rinckhout | De Morgen

    11/27/2013


    Belgium

  • Jan Vanriet | Een gezicht voor de doden, by Jan Van Hove | De Standaard

    11/24/2013


    Belgium

  • JAN VANRIET | CLOSED DOORS


    Thursday, 22 November 2012 - Sunday, 10 March 2013


    Rue Lebeau 8-12
    1000 Brussels
    Belgium


    Mirror Men, 2012, oil on canvas, 73 x 54 cm

  • JAN VANRIET | LOSING FACE


    Tuesday, 27 January 2015 - Sunday, 1 March 2015


    Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center, Moscow Obraztsova St., 11, build. 1A
    лит. А Moscow
    Russia


    Samuel, 2013, oil on canvas, 180 x 150 cm

  • JAN VANRIET | VANITY


    Friday, 6 February 2015 - Sunday, 19 April 2015


    Rue Lebeau 8-12
    1000 Brussels
    Belgium


    Big Bracelet, 2014, oil on canvas, 200 x 260 cm

  • JAN VANRIET | Song of Destiny


    Friday, 15 May 2015 - Sunday, 13 September 2015


    National Museum, Gdansk
    80-822 Gdańsk
    Poland


    The Song of Destiny, 2012, oil on canvas, 200 x 300 cm

  • JAN VANRIET | The Music Boy


    Friday, 29 January 2016 - Sunday, 8 May 2016


    The New Art Gallery Walsall, Gallery Square, Walsall
    WS2 8LG Walsall
    United Kingdom


    The Music Boy (Black), 2013, oil on canvas, 150 x 110 cm

  • JAN VANRIET | The Music Boy


    Friday, 29 January 2016 - Sunday, 8 May 2016


    The New Art Gallery Walsall, Gallery Square, Walsall
    WS2 8LG Walsall
    United Kingdom


    The Music Boy (Black), 2013, oil on canvas, 150 x 110 cm

  • Recent Paintings Ceulemans, Gaube, Gilbert, Ghekiere, Mannaers, Moszowski & Vanriet


    Thursday, 19 May 2016 - Sunday, 18 September 2016


    Rue Lebeau 8-12
    1000 Brussels
    Belgium


    Joris Ghekiere, untitled, 2016, oil on canvas, 200 x 160 cm

  • PAINTING AFTER POSTMODERNISM BELGIUM - USA Curated by Barbara Rose


    Thursday, 15 September 2016 - Sunday, 13 November 2016


    Vanderborght & Cinema Galeries | The Underground
    1000 Brussels
    Belgium


    Werner Mannaers,The Lolita Series (Chapter 9), Septembre 2015, acrylic, oil, charcoal and spray paint on canvas, 200 x 180 cm For more information visit: www.pap.brussels

  • Closing Time


    Texts by Eric Rinckhout, Maarten Doorman

    200 x 245 mm, 192 pages, flexibound, English / Dutch version, 160 illustrations
    Co-published with the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp & Ludion
    ISBN: 978 90554496 06
    35.00 €

  • Closed Doors


    Jan Vanriet

    Text by Eric Rinckhout, Jan Vanriet and the Beauty of Evil

    240 x 240 mm, 104 pages, hardcover, English version, 75 illustrations
    ISBN: 978 905779 146 8
    35.00 €

  • Gezichtsverlies | Losing Face


    Jan Vanriet

    Authors: György Konrád and Stefan Hertmans
    The poems by Jan Vanriet come from his latest anthology of poetry, Leegstand, published by De Bezige Bij Antwerpen, 2012

    235 x 280 mm, 240 pages, clothbound, 170 illustrations
    ISBN: 978 94 6130 122 2
    39.90 €

  • Jan Vanriet | Losing Face


    Ян Ванриет | Теряя лицо

    Jan Vanriet | Losing Face

    244 pages, 127 illustrations, hardcover
    RUB 2000.00 | EUR 20.00

  • Vanity


    Jan Vanriet

    Text: Charlotte Mullins

    245 x 290 mm, 240 pages, 127 illustrations, hardcover
    ISBN: 9789401424165
    45.00 €

  • PIESN LOSU | SONG OF DESTINY


    Jan Vanriet

    Texts by Wojciech Bonisławski, Adam Zagajewski, Paul Huvenne, Friedrich Hölderlin, Zofia Machnicka, Charlotte Mullins, Jan Vanriet

    257 x 305 mm, 192 pages, 66 illustrations, hardcover
    ISBN: 9788363185923 Polish / English edition

  • The Music Boy


    Jan Vanriet

    Texts by Andrew Graham-Dixon, Martin Herbert & Charlotte Mullins

    240 x 295 mm, 168 pages, 72 illustrations, hardcover
    ISBN: 9781907363108 English edition
    Publisher: The New Art Gallery Walsall
    38.00 €