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Dietrich Brüggemann

Jann Holstein

Berlin / Germany

Painting • Born in Aurich / Germany • Studied at Berlin

Published  21/06/2021

Jann Holstein

Jann Holstein is a painter living and working in Berlin. He studied fine art at HBK Braunschweig and UDK Berlin.

The starting point of his paintings are pour-overs of oil and water colors on canvas. Through chemical and physical processes, an organic background is created, on which the painting is later built. The pour-overs, only partially painted over, create decomposition effects, that is evocative of the decay of historical...

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Jann Holstein is a painter living and working in Berlin. He studied fine art at HBK Braunschweig and UDK Berlin.

The starting point of his paintings are pour-overs of oil and water colors on canvas. Through chemical and physical processes, an organic background is created, on which the painting is later built. The pour-overs, only partially painted over, create decomposition effects, that is evocative of the decay of historical photographs. On the other hand, are the very bright colors. Being more reminiscent of neon gases or chemically produced colors than real sceneries. The sketches for each painting are created digitally with image processing programs. The source material ranges from historical photographs to social media recordings, which are put together in collages on the PC. Due to these different elements and influences, it remains unclear to which time the motifs belong; they form an own time structure. Everything is fleeting and decomposing.

“I feel, going back and forth between digital sketch and physical canvas, is an opportunity to create a connection between old and new media. It's about the transfer of photography and the digital into the medium of painting. "

Jann Holstein
Detail, Prisma (2020), Oil and Watercolor on Canvas, 200 x 140 cm / 78.7 x 55.1 in.

Detail, Prisma (2020), Oil and Watercolor on Canvas, 200 x 140 cm / 78.7 x 55.1 in.

Prisma (2020) Oil and Watercolor on Canvas, 200 x 140 cm / 78.7 x 55.1 in.

Prisma (2020) Oil and Watercolor on Canvas, 200 x 140 cm / 78.7 x 55.1 in.

(2021), Oil and Watercolor on Canvas, 45 x 30 cm / 17.7 x 13.8 in.

(2021), Oil and Watercolor on Canvas, 45 x 30 cm / 17.7 x 13.8 in.

(2021), Oil and Watercolor on Canvas, 45 x 30 cm / 17.7 x 13.8 in.

(2021), Oil and Watercolor on Canvas, 45 x 30 cm / 17.7 x 13.8 in.

Stein und Berg (2021), Oil and Watercolor on Canvas, each 30 x 45 cm / 13.8 x 17.7 in.

Stein und Berg (2021), Oil and Watercolor on Canvas, each 30 x 45 cm / 13.8 x 17.7 in.

Where is this light coming from (2021), Oil and Watercolor on Canvas, 140 x 200 cm / 55.1 x 78.7 in.

Where is this light coming from (2021), Oil and Watercolor on Canvas, 140 x 200 cm / 55.1 x 78.7 in.

Tears of a clown (2020), Oil and Watercolor on Canvas, 230x 160 cm / 90.6 x 63 in.

Tears of a clown (2020), Oil and Watercolor on Canvas, 230x 160 cm / 90.6 x 63 in.

Detail, Tears of a clown (2020), Oil and Watercolor on Canvas, 230x 160 cm / 90.6 x 63 in.

Detail, Tears of a clown (2020), Oil and Watercolor on Canvas, 230x 160 cm / 90.6 x 63 in.

Charlotte's doll (2021), Oil and Watercolor on Canvas, 30 x 45 cm / 13.8 x 17.7 in.

Charlotte's doll (2021), Oil and Watercolor on Canvas, 30 x 45 cm / 13.8 x 17.7 in.

Feuertanz (2019), Oil and Watercolor on Canvas, 30 x 45 cm / 13.8 x 17.7 in.

Feuertanz (2019), Oil and Watercolor on Canvas, 30 x 45 cm / 13.8 x 17.7 in.

Deep down shining angel and sky high shining angel (2021), Oil and Watercolor on Canvas, each 75 x 55 cm / 29.5 x 21.7 in.

Deep down shining angel and sky high shining angel (2021), Oil and Watercolor on Canvas, each 75 x 55 cm / 29.5 x 21.7 in.


EDUCATION (detailed)

2013 - 2014 Hochschule für bildende Künste Braunschweig

2014 - 2019 Universität der Künste Berlin

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