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Marten Jansen


Name Marten Jansen
Occupation Abstract artist
Style Expressionism
Date of birth Sept 12 1964

I was born on September 12th, 1964, in Naarden, The Netherlands and grew up in Bussum, a suburb of Amsterdam. I moved to Amsterdam in 1983, to study economics at the Univers of Amsterdam.

My interest in art started when I was 17, when I became seriously interested in music and wanted to become a composer. Because of the tacit opposition of my parents, and possibly my own doubts, I did not pursue a career in music, but went to study economics in 1983, which I managed to keep up for no less than two and a half years. Later on I developed an interest in physics and mathematics, which I studied on my own account.

In 1990 I started to paint in a casual and decidedly amateurish way, until in 1997 "something clicked" and I became far more motivated, producing a series of figurative works.

In 1989 my father died during heart surgery and in 1990 my only sister died of cancer. When I quit my economics studies it became clear to me that becoming an artist was my destiny, taking into account the economic insecurity that goes along with that. In 1993 I moved back to Bussum, to live with my mother, who died in 2015.

In 1998 I made a series of semi-abstract female portraits (inspired by Picasso and Corot), then in 2003 I began to paint in a social realism style, which only now I'm beginning to feel comfortable with. The social realism is inspired by photo journalism, the painter Daumier and also by Munch, to an extent, and by Rembrandt and Rubens (for the way they brought "drama" to painting). In a general artistic sense Mahler and Bach (the composers) have also been of influence.

Mid-2009 I resumed making music, which has resulted in recordings that can be found at http://rocking.mobi.

By popular demand this autobiography was created, following numerous requests by highschool and college students, for their projects and presentations. I would certainly miss their requests by email, but hope this autobio will fill their need.

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