JAAPH is a painter living in The Netherlands. His art is said by some to be hypnotic. His style of painting is called 'Expressionism Twenty Twenty'.
Life and Career
JAAPH was born in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands in 1952. He studied Clinical Psychology in the seventies. At the end of his psychology studies he attended art school for a few years. But in the competition between psychology and art, psychology won the first round. JAAPH started working in psychiatry, where he applied both hypnosis and practical skill training. He then founded a psychological training institute and enjoyed great successes introducing both NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) and Provocative Therapy in the Netherlands. To date, the institute has trained more than 14.000 people.
Return to Art
Finally, when he was 67, JAAPH returned to art. In the meantime, he had treated countless clients, taught countless trainings and visited countless museums. Actually, what happened was that he needed some art work for an office, couldn’t find what he liked, and decided to paint it himself. The moment he put that first brush stroke on the canvas, something fell into place with a very loud thud. He has been painting ever since.
JAAPH is an expressionist painter. He wants to put his experience into his paintings, rather than depicting observable reality. At the same time, he understands that to express emotion - and even more importantly, to convey emotion - you sometimes need elements that a viewer can recognise.
JAAPH had good look at expressionist movements throughout history: the 10’s and 20’s with the ‘Blaue Reiter’ and the ’Brucke’, the 50's with 'COBRA' and 'Abstract Expressionism' and the 80's with the ’Neue Wilde’. He believes that it is now time for a contemporary expressionist movement, which he calls 'XP20/20'. Great art comes from great communities. JAAPH started a Behance team called XP20/20, which is now preparing exhibitions in Beijing, Tokyo, Mumbai, São Paulo, Kinshasa, Lisbon and New York.
JAAPH likes to do cooperate painting projects. Some with other XP20/20 members, others with people like land-water-agro visionary Wim Kol, with whom he focusses on ‘Dike Mysticism’.