Jacques Tange was born in Vlissingen in 1960. He spent most of his childhood drawing, painting, working on depth, precision and perspective. From the age of fourteen he cherished the dream of becoming a professional artist. After high school, Jacques... Read More
Jacques Tange was born in Vlissingen in 1960. He spent most of his childhood drawing, painting, working on depth, precision and perspective. From the age of fourteen he cherished the dream of becoming a professional artist.
After high school, Jacques started as a student at the Academy of Visual Arts in Rotterdam. He was admitted and quit after a year, for him it was too much "school" and too many rules. He just wanted to paint! When Jacques started his studies at the Vrije Academy The Hague, he was in the right place, with a good mentor who taught him a lot about painting and other practical matters such as making his own frames. From 1985 Jacques had his own studio in Schiedam and his dream to become an artist had become a reality.
In his 35-year career, Tange has already managed to enchant a large number of people with his art. For example, he was asked to design the official poster of the Christmas circus in Carré, the Rolling Stones wanted to have their hotel room filled with his work and even the Royal Family has a Tange on the wall. In 2005 Jacques received the Dutch award for "Artist of the year" and recently received the award for "Best in Show" at the Taiwan Art Fair "Art Revolution Taipei". Jacques continues to supplement his already enormous collection with new ideas and materials and often exports his work to America, Mexico, France, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Taiwan.
"There is a basis in my work. I started abstract, then I was inspired by the very first art; cave paintings. After that my inspiration came from medieval art. You could say that the entire art history is my source of inspiration and this can be found in my art to the present day. As an artist I grow and experiment. For example, until 10 years ago I painted all living figures in my work with eyes closed, I wanted to keep a certain distance, too afraid that my work would look like someone. Then suddenly this was no longer necessary and the eyes opened literally and figuratively. A revelation, as it were. Yet I continue to maintain this distance, I want people to find their own idea with the artwork and that they do not adopt my perception but my appreciation for the craftsmanship.
Finding endless inspiration in life itself. I try to bring beauty and happiness.