Some recent solo exhibitions
Galerie Nijehove, Diepenheim 2009, 'Jan Sierhuis 80 jaar'
Cobra Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Amstelveen 2003, 'Jan Sierhuis: Selectie uit het (recente) oeuvre'
Galerie De Compagnie, Dordrecht 2003, 'Jan Sierhuis 75 jaar'
Some recent group exhibitions
Museum Het Valkhof, Nijmegen 2009, 'Cobra: Werken op papier'
Galerie Witteveen, Amsterdam 2008, ' Kunst uit de jaren '50 – '60'
Galerie Ferdinand van Dieten, Amsterdam 2000, '21 of the 20th century'
Carla Bogaards, Jan Sierhuis: De generaal van de kwast, Amsterdam: Nieuw Amsterdam Uitgevers 2006
Bernhard Sandee, Jan Sierhuis: A Continuous Flow, Den Haag: SDU 1989
Selected public and corporate collections
Museum of Modern Art Philadelphia, US • Museum São Paulo, BR • Museo Nacional de Arte Moderno, Mexico City, MX • Museum Kiel, DE • Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, NL • Instituut Collectie Nederland, Amsterdam, NL • Museum Het Valkhof, Nijmegen, NL • Gemeentemuseum Helmond, NL • Stadsgalerij Heerlen, NL • Ahold Kunst Stichting, NL • Abn Amro Kunststichting, NL • Rabo Kunstcollectie, NL • Kunstcollectie KPN, NL • TNT Post Kunstcollectie, NL
Jan Sierhuis is primarily an expressionist painter. With Appel, Corneille and Lucebert he is at the heart of post-war developments in contemporary art. This led to an involvement with the movement De Experimentelen in 1947, and, in 1948 with the CoBrA group. His inspiration derives partly from Cézanne, Matisse, Van Gogh and Picasso. Early in his career, Sierhuis painted naturalistic landscapes. During the 1950s and 1960s, when painting became wilder and more experimental, his work was almost exclusively abstract. This was followed by a period in which figurative themes such as dancing figures, portraits and landscapes appeared in his work. Sierhuis almost always spends his Summers in Spain, pursuing his passion for the flamenco, a dance which reveals itself in the colour, emotion, movement and rhythm of many of his paintings. Over the last few years, Sierhuis has expanded his oeuvre to include three-dimensional work.
Jan Sierhuis is a former advisor at the Rijksakademie and studied there between 1945-1947 and 1953-1956.
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