Jan Wisse


Character Cocoon ‘Sugar’
Mixed media, 47 x 10 x 12.5 cm, 2017

Character Cocoon ‘Pink feathers’
Mixed media, 47 x 10 x 12.5 cm, 2017


Character Cocoon ‘Armor’
Mixed media, 47 x 7 x 13.5 cm, 2017


Untitled 53
Acrylic on canvas, 100 x 120 cm, 2017


Lolly- Lick 1
Oil on Panel, 40 x 55 cm, 2008


Together (Big Sea)
Mixed media, 109 x 249 cm, 2007

Many of Jan Wisse’s paintings depict details of the human body. In the Character Cocoons series, Jan depicts the human figure in each unique ‘umbrella’ sculptures. The human figure mostly refers to the concepts of ‘human nature’; fame, glamour, power, sensuality, as well as vulnerability and failure, are part of all that. As such, human characteristics is the main ingredient in his works, appearing in various forms. 3-dimensional wall objects, as well as the painted portrait, are some of his specialities. Other leading themes in his works are ‘obstruction’ and ‘hinderance’. Limitations bound us and hold us back. All of us, living creatures, do encounter or impose unto ourselves, inhibitory events. Jan likes to give this rather dreary choice a quirky or humorous twist.