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Arjan van Helmond

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  • Arjan van Helmond
  • Glass Ashtray Game
  • 2006
  • gouache and acrylic on paper
  • 76 x 72.5 cm / 29.92 x 28.54"


donated by the artist
courtesy: FA Projects, London


Some recent solo exhibitions
Galerie Juliètte Jongma, Amsterdam 2009, 'Collecting Dust'
FA projects, London 2007, 'Navigator'
Chung King Project, Los Angeles 2006, 'The Crystal World'

Some recent group exhibitions
De Nederlandsche Bank, Amsterdam 2010, 'Aanwinsten 2009'
White Box, New York 2009, 'Towing the Line, Drawing Space'
Virgil de Voldère Gallery, New York 2009, 'I love the Benelux'
Museum Het Prinsenhof, Delft 2007, 'Contour/ Continuïteit, Heden en Verleden'
Museum Van Loon, Amsterdam 2006, 'Le Nouveau Siècle'
Galerie Grieder contemporary, Zurich2006, 'Kaminzimmer'


Selected publications
Jaap Bremer, Unlocked # 2.5: rabo art collection, Amsterdam: Rabobank Nederland 2009
Ingrid Commandeur [et al.], Arjan van Helmond: navigator, Rotterdam: Veenman Publishers 2008
Gert Eijkelboom, Eigenlijk eigentijds: uit de kunstcollectie van de Nederlandse Bank, Amsterdam: De Nederlandsche Bank 2007
Christoph Tannert, Jurriaan Benschop, Berlin_nl: een keuze uit de kunstcollectie KPN, Den Haag: KPN 2007

Selected public and corporate collections
Museum Het Domein, Sittard, NL • De Nederlandsche Bank, NL • The Saatchi Gallery, London, UK • Akzo Nobel Art Foundation, NL • Kunstcollectie LUMC, NL • Rabo Kunstcollectie, NL

Catalogue Note

Arjan van Helmond paints scenes which resonate with the presence of people, but from which the inhabitants are absent. Working mostly on a small scale, he paints onto paper with acrylic, gouache, watercolour and ink. Each medium is used with an acute control of its properties: a surface breaks to reveal conflicting underpainting; the gentle seep of watercolour or ink jars harshly with the blank opacity of a gouache area. The scenes are often domestic or architectural, buildings which in their very structure, or in the decorative details which define their surfaces, bear signs of habitation, but stand invariably deserted.
Van Helmond works from photographs, and his working process consists in effecting subtle changes to each image until it takes on an element of the strange or the uncanny. Many of his subjects appear fragile; they have a clear origin in reality but have been pushed away from the realm of the real to occupy something like the realm of the dream.

Arjan van Helmond was resident artist at the Rijksakademie in 2003-2004.