Painter Arjan van Helmond, Painting teacher at Fine Art AKI Art & Design, is one of the winners of a Jeanne Oosting Award. The Jeanne Oosting Awards are handed out annually for individual artistic quality in figurative art. The award consists of an amount of €7,500 and a bronze medal made by sculptor Leon van den Bos. The other prize winner is painter Charlotte Schleiffert. The awards were presented to both winners in Museum Kranenburgh in Bergen on Sunday 18 February. This museum is hosting an exhibition with works from Van Helmond and Schleiffert to 21 May 2018.
About the work of Arjan van Helmond
The room we live in, the stairs we climb every day, a drum set, balloons, vases. The work of Arjan van Helmond (1971) centres on the everyday things of life. Van Helmond does not create a narrative with these daily scenes but rather a new kind of realism in which recognition and alienation go hand in hand. The jury is deeply impressed by the manner in which he manages 'to elevate the commonplace to moments of silence, meditation and beauty'. Museum Kranenburgh will display a selection of recent gouaches on canvass and paper in relation to some early works.