- Artist CV
- Jan Vermeiren From an early age drawing was an important means of expression. He began formal training while still at school. Later he studied fulltime at the National Hoger Institute in Antwerp. Although his ties with Europe are still strong, Jan feels his work is now more African in nature. For him, the experience of Africa is one of finding his connection with primitive man. His images reveal a series of archetypal symbols derived form various ancient cultures, reflecting his belief that it is these symbols that unite man across time and different civilisations. Jan's work can be found in the acclaimed South African Sanlam and Sasol collections. Also in South African museums in Pretoria, Durban and Bloemfontein.
Born: 1949, Bornem, Belgium Drawing was always an important way ofexpressing himself. He began formal art training while still at school and later he studied full time at the Academy St Niklaas and the Academy of Mechelen and later at the National Hoger Institute in Antwerp. As a student printmaking was his special interest, and it was only after moving to South Africa in 1976 that he became a painter. Although his ties in Europe are still strong he feels that his work is now more African in nature. His work is an expression not of outer reality but of the subconscious. It is this instinctive approach that gives his paintings their special dreamlike, spiritual quality. His images reveal a series of archetypal symbols derived from various ancient cultures, reflecting his belief that it is these ‘primitive’ symbols that unite man across time and different civilizations.