I am painting with a photorealistic approach malfunctions and side-effects from the media world, often using corduroy and other structures to translate the digital character into paintings. My work is an eerily familiar reflection of our real life experience in our media saturated world and I want to reveal that it is a fake world, only existing behind a screen, full of clutter and noise and easy to manipulate. By painting these malfunctions I want to create an area of conflict of the digital world and the traditional medium of painting.

 

Many of my work are influenced by digital distorted satellite signals, which involves a mix of abstract and realistic elements. While it is quite disturbing to have malfunctions when watching TV - as a still image it intensifies a visual experiment and reinforces emotional expressions. The beauty of abstraction, shapes and colours I saw on defective TV challenged me to translate this into painting.

 

My work raises questions not just about digital art but also about the digital world in itself. The combination of old and new, the contradiction of subject and message, and most of all the demonstration that our digital world can question its own foundations. My version of digital art is not shaped by the potentialities of what can be achieved with the latest technology but by how that technology is affecting those who view my work.

born 1973 in Heessen, Germany

since 2006 living and working in Antwerp

since 2009 

working on paintings

since 2001

working as a fashion designer: for several brands like ESPRIT, WRANGLER and C&A,

with focus on denim products

1996 - 2001

academic studies in fashion design, Hannover University for art, design & media

1992 - 1995

apprenticeship as a tailor for classical menswear, Leithaeuser GmbH& Co., Hamm

Exhibitions 

2021

Swissart Expo, presented by Artbox.Projects, Zurich, Switzerland

2021

Lockdown moods, Plaza Real, Antwerp, Belgium

2015

Expo Jens Hesse, solo-show, Gallery Campo&Campo, Antwerp, Belgium

2014

Art takes Miami, Scope Art, presented by ‚See.Me’, Miami, USA

2014

Oh Final, Gallery Campo&Campo, Antwerp, Belgium

2014

Winter update, Gallery van Campen & Rochtus, Antwerp, Belgium

2013

Story of the creative, presented by See.Me at Angel Orensanz Foundation, New York, USA

2013

Summer in the city, Gallery van Campen & Rochtus, Antwerp, Belgium

2013

Een selectie uit de Canvascollectie, De Bijl, Zoersel, Belgium

2012

Canvascollectie, Musée Bozar, Brussels, Belgium

2011

My private desaster, Ponyhof Pop-up Gallery at rue de Flandres 12, Brussels, Belgium

2011

Recent works, solo-show, Ponyhof Pop-up Gallery at Ra, Antwerp, Belgium

2011

Pop Secret, Ponyhof Pop-up Gallery at Ra, Antwerp, Belgium

2011

Prix Marie-Louise Rousseau, Musée d’Ixelles, Brussels, Belgium

Awards

2021

Swissart Expo, finalist of Artbox.Projects, Zurich, Switzerland

2014

Art takes Miami, finalist of ‚See.Me’ for Scope Art, Miami, USA

2013

Story of the creative, selected for final exhibition of See.Me at Angel Orensanz Foundation, New York, USA

2012

Canvascollectie, selected for final exhibition at Bozar, Brussels, Belgium

2010

Prix Marie-Louise Rousseau, 2nd price, Musée d’Ixelles, Brussels, Belgium

2004

Mittelmoda-fashion award, “best collection in experimentation & research”, Grado, Italy

2002

4th European competition for fashiondesign, finalist, Apolda, Germany

1999

The Edge-competition of the Fashion Assembly in Riga, finalist, Riga, Latvia

1999

Questnet-Award in fashion by the Klaus Steilmann-Institute, 1st price, Hannover, Germany