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Residencies '19 - '20

Henri Jacobs

Henri Jacobs (Zandoerle, NL, °1957) has been living and working in Brussels since 1993. He studied at the St. Joost Academy in Breda, the Academy for Visual Arts in Rotterdam and the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. From the autumn of 1990 he spent a year as an artist-in-residence at the Van Doesburg House in Meudon, Paris, France. His paintings and drawings have been presented in solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums in Brussels, Bruges, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Eindhoven, Tilburg, New York, Paris and Venice. The oeuvre of Henri Jacobs now includes various small- and large-scale art commissions in Amsterdam, The Hague and elsewhere.

Since December 2003 he has been producing a constant stream of drawings. He regularly posts these Journal Drawings, for which he employs himself as a visual database, on the 'Journal' pages of his website.

Since September 2009 Jacobs has been engaged in a two-year artistic research project at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. The first year involved practice-based artistic research about the palimpsest, which was followed by an investigation into creation and destruction. That artistic research has evolved into a study about idolatry and iconoclasm.

In September 2013 the book ‘Henri Jacobs - Journal Drawings’ is published by Roma Publications Amsterdam. The book is a repository of nine years of drawing and collecting images. All Jacobs' Journal Drawings from 001 up to 666 are shown. For some of them, different stages of development are included. These stages reveal how a particular drawing evolved, and throughout the book, the evolution of Jacobs' drawing itself can be seen. A book with a huge number of images which, after painstaking labour, have received a place in which they can interact with each other through the eyes of the viewer.

In the autumn of 2014 an AIR in Kolkata (India) has taken place, which was a big adventure for the artist. Hundreds of photos are posted on his blog and many Journal Drawings were made inspired by the pavement patterns in the metropolis Kolkata.

General Residency
07.09.2015 - 16.10.2015


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