Jan Van Imschoot

°1963, Ghent (BE) – lives and works in Noncourt-sur-le-Rongeant (FR)

Jan Van Imschoot’s work explores the possibilities of painting as a medium, and touches on themes of freedom, cenorship, and the inherent violence of political and ideological systems. He belongs to a generation of artists who laid the foundations for the critical reappraisal of figurative painting during the 1990s. Among his peers, Van Imschoot’s work occupies a unique place due to the profound art-historical awareness from which he paints. He approaches contemporary subjects such as gender, identity, war and peace from inspiration sources such as Dutch 17th- century painting, the work of Tintoretto, Caravaggio, Goya and Manet.

Van Imschoot self-describes his technique as ‘anarcho-baroque,’ categorized by a distortion of perspective, figures in motion, and strong, dark tones. His brushwork is both erratic and detailed, and his composition appears intentionally off-kilter, unsettling, and disorienting.



Jan Van Imschoot
Jan van Imschoot. Courtesy of Schamper

Jan Van Imschoot just had a major retrospective exhibition of his work at S.M.A.K., Ghent. Other exhibitions include Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem; National Art Museum of China, Beijing; Fondazione Volume, Rome; M HKA, Antwerp; Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin; Dusseldorf Kunstpalast; Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle; and Fondazione Prada, Milan.

The work of Jan Van Imschoot is part of various public collections, including Belfius Art Collection, Brussels; Friedrich Christian Flick Collection, Berlin; Groeninghemuseum, Bruges; Collection Hauser & Wirth, St-Gallen; ING Collection, Brussels; MUHKA, Antwerp; S.M.A.K., Ghent; MAMCS, Strasbourg; Seattle Art Museum; and the Rubell Family Collection, Miami.

Jan Van Imschoot is represented by the following gallery;
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Galerie Templon, Paris / Brussels

You can also see a lot of Jan Van Imschoot’s work on his own website.

works by Jan Van Imschoot

Jan Van Imschoot - Na Abraham (Ste Cécile), 2024

Jan Van Imschoot

Na Abraham (Ste Cécile)


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