Galerie

Georg Nothelfer

Jan Voss

Untitled
1980, mixed media on canvas, 163 x 130 cm. Photo: Katrin Rother
Untitled,
1980, mixed media on canvas, 163 x 130 cm. Photo: Katrin Rother
Jan Voss, O.T., 1980, Mischtechnik_Leinwand, 163 x 130 cm
Jan Voss 60er Jahre
Conseil du Docteur Amoroso
1963, Oil/Canvas, 130 x 195 cm
Conseil du Docteur Amoroso,
1963, Oil/Canvas, 130 x 195 cm
Voss_Conseils du Docteur Amoroso_1963_MTLW_frei
Untitled
2002, Wooden Sculpture, ca. 59 x 40 x 40 cm
Untitled,
2002, Wooden Sculpture, ca. 59 x 40 x 40 cm
Voss_OT_2002_Holzskulptur_ca 59x40x40 cm
About Crime
2014, Mixed Media/Canvas, 165 x 235 cm
About Crime,
2014, Mixed Media/Canvas, 165 x 235 cm
Voss_About Crime_2014_MT-LW_165 x 235 cm_
Untitled
1978, Acrylic/Canvas, 190 x 280 cm
Untitled,
1978, Acrylic/Canvas, 190 x 280 cm
Voss_oT_1978_AcrylLW_190 x 280cm
Untitled
1994, Ceramic, 32 x 32 x 15 cm 
Untitled,
1994, Ceramic, 32 x 32 x 15 cm 
TMP18
Untitled
1977, Acrylic/Canvas, 65 x 92cm
Untitled,
1977, Acrylic/Canvas, 65 x 92cm
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Untitled
1978, Aquarell/Canvas, 146 x 114 cm
Untitled,
1978, Aquarell/Canvas, 146 x 114 cm
Voss, O.T., 1978, AquarellLeinwand, 146 x 114 cm_cmyk
Untitled
1990, Mixed Media/Collage/Paper, 75,5 x 116,5 cm
Untitled,
1990, Mixed Media/Collage/Paper, 75,5 x 116,5 cm
Voss_oT_1990,_Mischtechnik-Collage-Papier_75,5 x 116,5 cm - 2
Untitled (Berlin Colours No. 1)
2014, Mixed Media/Collage/Paper, 65 x 50 cm
Untitled (Berlin Colours No. 1),
2014, Mixed Media/Collage/Paper, 65 x 50 cm
Voss_oT (Berliner Farben)_2014_65x50cm (1)
Untitled (Berlin Colours No. 9)
2014, Mixed Media/Collage/Paper, 65 x 50 cm
Untitled (Berlin Colours No. 9),
2014, Mixed Media/Collage/Paper, 65 x 50 cm
Voss_oT (Berliner Farben)_2014_65x50cm (9)
O.T. (Berlin Colours No. 8)
2014, Mixed Media/Collage/Paper, 65 x 50 cm
O.T. (Berlin Colours No. 8),
2014, Mixed Media/Collage/Paper, 65 x 50 cm
Voss_oT (Berliner Farben)_2014_65x50cm (8)
Untitled (Berlin Colours No. 6)
2014, Mixed Media/Collage/Paper, 65 x 50 cm
Untitled (Berlin Colours No. 6),
2014, Mixed Media/Collage/Paper, 65 x 50 cm
Voss_oT (Berliner Farben)_2014_65x50cm (6)

Biography

Born 1936 in Hamburg
1955-60 Studies at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich
1960 Moves to Paris
1966-67 Guest lecturer at the Academy of Fine Arts Hamburg
1968 Participation in documenta 4, Kassel
1979 First solo exhibition at the Galerie Georg Nothelfer
1987-92 Professor at the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts, Paris
Lives and works in Berlin and Paris

The consistent theme of his painting is the "ordered", but at the same time constantly moving chaos of a multi-layered situation. In his unmistakable handwriting, his works show our lives as a multi-layered, often chaotic passage of time. In our media-driven times, he reflects the unreasonable sum of signs we have to absorb and process every day. Voss experiments with various techniques and materials; there are powerful, colour-intensive works on canvas as well as quiet, narrative and more drawing-like ones. In contrast, there are the paper reliefs collaged from torn watercolours. Whether canvas, wood and paper relief or watercolour, what they all have in common is the accumulation of various elements of colour and form that interlock, overlap and are connected by lines, signs and fragments of signs. Voss initially applied this formal language to the two-dimensional picture, and later, since the 1980s, to the three-dimensional object. Consequently, everything that serves to "create the image" counts: crumpling, folding, tearing, sawing, nailing and gluing. Voss seeks constant change. Through new pictorial inventions and material explorations, he always manages to remain unmistakable. This complexity, which characterises Voss's works, "should," says Voss, "give the viewer associative freedom, only then does a picture unfold its poetic content. That is why the viewer must not be tied down to anything in particular. His thinking apparatus must be able to combine freely". Thus Jan Voss's works have an effect on the viewer that is on the one hand enigmatic and multi-layered, but also optimistic, cheerful and vital. "The works," says writer Peter Handke, who is friends with the artist, "give a house momentum, just as you give a swing momentum."

Exhibitions

Publications

  • Lass den Drachen springen/ Let the dragon jump/ Fais sauter le dragon, 2016, Poems by Rainer G. Schmidt, german/english/french, 56 pages, 20 colour illustrations of watercolours by Jan Voss, Production: Katalogdruck-Berlin, EUR 12

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  • Monographie/Monograph, 2015, Text by Anne Tronche, French, 320 pages, 350 colour illustrations, ISBN 978 2 7541 0823 2, EUR 40

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  • Trajet de Jan Voss, 1985, Edited by Galerie Georg Nothelfer. Text by Bernard Noël, german and french Version, 184 pages, 212 ill., 167 colour ill. Hardcover in linen. Edition Galerie Georg Nothelfer, ISBN 3-87329-921-6, EUR 50

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