Expressionist painter from the Netherlands. Pronounce: "Jahpaich". Wants to elicit emotion and thought. Creates different types of abstract and expressionist paintings. Mostly uses acrylics on canvas.
From the Field
Creates a 'field' between his unconscious mind, the painting, his personal history and his culture. Lets steps emerge. Often arrives at places he could not have imagined. Likes the directness of painting. You take the brush and Bam! There it is. No need to program it, agree with it or have meetings over it. Wants his painting to hold the viewer's attention for a while, using contradictions. Ideally wants people to get lost in his paintings for a moment and change their consciousness.
Contrary to popular belief, works of art do not speak for themselves. The human brain does not separate perception from interpretation. You understand, therefore you see. JaapH speaks for his works in big stories.
Life and Career
Born in 1952. Studied Clinical Psychology in the seventies and attended art school for a few years. In the struggle between psychology and art, psychology won the first round.
Working in psychiatry, applied both hypnosis and skills training. Founded a psychological training institute In the eighties and enjoyed great success introducing both NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) and Provocative Therapy in the Netherlands. Treated countless clients, taught countless trainings and visited countless museums.
A Loud Thud
Finally, at 67, returned to art. The very moment he put the first brush stroke on the canvas, something fell into place with a loud thud. Has been painting ever since.
JaapH is an active member of XP2020, an expressionist artist group. He participates in communal paitings where several members work on an painting.
In the background: 'Psychologists on the Beach'