Dutch artist Nemo Jantzen lives and works in New York. He has had successful international shows at galleries in Spain, Holland and the United States and has been presented at several international art fairs including London, Miami, New York, Hong Kong, Singapore and throughout Europe. Jantzen’s works can be found in renowned art collections both public institutions and private. Claudia Schieffer Actress, Acalzar Financial Group Public Collection, Weelock Properties Singapore, Caixa Barcelona City Cultural Instittution, among others.
His work has consistently explored the dialogue of narrative tropes in an image soaked contemporary environment. Early works used pop like imagery to create new contexts from photojournalism and advertising with Pop like highly detailed enlarged objects placed out of their environment.
Recent works depict a narrative of cinematographic illusion, intimacy, and beauty; challenging the traditional figurative pieces from earlier works with a consistent act of voyeurism and the essence of privacy. The new structural series conveys the constraints of film stills versus the constraints of space, an allusion of hyperrealism built frame by frame.
“In my hyper realistic work, much inspired by film, I try to capture the details of highly enlarged objects or photographic moments in time; scenes, often decadent and somber with a story to tell, like a movie with an open ending, deliberately avoiding eye contact giving away a personality of the painted subjects, not to interfere with the imagination of the spectator and compelling them to think and imagining what has happened or what will happen next.
Intrigued by light and the mystery of darkness I play 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. Thus bringing the question of the act of voyeurism and the deceiving and relevant nature of privacy.”