Horst Janssen

February 23, 2010

I actually don’t have any concept of how popular Horst Janssen is, but because his name clicked in my memory the other day I want to share.  My German freshman-year room mate was in love with Janssen and exposed me to all of his work.  She even painted an uncanny portrait of him from memory late one night.  Being up, she asked me down to the studio to see.  His face was imprinted in her mind enough to need no reference to capture his image and personality.  Since, many variations of his name have been in my mind.  “Jansen” is what I couldn’t get out of my head the other day and I googled variations of “jansen,” “german janson,” “painter hans janson,” etc.  I clicked images and found that oh-so distinctive style.

It is the richness in mark-making and crazed intention that is what I strive for unsuccessfully in my own work.  I will spare a bio on Janssen here, but here is one here.  And here.

And here he is:

And here he is as drawn by himself:

Here is an image we are all familiar with locally: