Jan Schoonhoven | the artist
Born June 26 1914, Delft, Netherlands.
Died July 31 1994, Delft, .
Original artworks, prints, exhibition posters, monographs, books, collectibles.
Along with Armando, Henk Peeters and Jan Henderikse, Schoonhoven established the Dutch branch of the international Zero Movement in the early 1960s. Zero stood for a return to the essence by working with everyday materials, for example, as in a relief made of toilet rolls that will be included in the exhibition. Schoonhoven saw the spatial works of Piero Manzoni and Lucio Fontana, and began to produce reliefs. Slowly but surely his paintings transformed into sculptures: objects with a regularly divided plane, repeated patterns that never become mechanical because the hand of the maker is always visible. You have to strive for the minimum, but you can never do it anonymously, Schoonhoven once said, in perhaps the best explanation of what he was striving for in his art.