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Jurriaan van Hall

Jurriaan van Hall (1962) is a painter and sculptor. He studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, the Rijksakademie voor beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam and the Royal College of Art in London. Together with Peter Klashorst and Bart Domburg he founded the notorious artists’ collective, After Nature, which created a commotion in the early 1990s with its controversial painting performances. The artists’ nudes, still lifes, self-portraits and landscapes, painted with loose brushstrokes and intense use of colour, prompted a major revival of figurative painting, with exhibitions in the Netherlands and the United States. Praised and vilified – but never overlooked – the group disbanded in 1993 and the artists went their separate ways.

Jurriaan van Hall then started experimenting with other media, such as computer animation and manipulated photography. He also started exploring new painting techniques. His favourite subject is people, because he is fascinated by the vulnerability of life. He is attracted to extremes and the twilight zone between life and death, where he believes life is at its most intense. Rather than being stand-alone pieces, his works are a string of moments and events in his life.

In 2002 he started concentrating increasingly on sculpture, working in bronze, stone and polyester. He has produced several large commissioned works for public spaces, which include a group of figures for the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture. He created the design for the 300-metre-long facade of the De Waag car park in Lelystad and one of his large sculptures was recently installed at the ESA/ESTEC Space Expo museum in Noordwijk.

In 1997 Museum De Lakenhal in Leiden presented a retrospective exhibition of his work. A voluminous biography of the life and work of the artist published to coincide with the exhibition was singled out as the Best-Designed Art Book. In 2004 Jurriaan van Hall was voted Artist of the Year.
Of his Miffy statue he says: ‘I have known Miffy all my life. I enjoyed her adventures as a child and as an adult I read them aloud to my own children over and over again. The Miffy I have created is based on her playful colourful character. I approached the project as a toddler, throwing brightly coloured plaster. The result occupies the middle ground between painting and sculpture. The title is of my statue is NIJNTJE ! [MIFFY!]'