Janpeter Muilwijk scenes revive the beauty ideal, one that seems original and pure, and give access to a contemplative life, calm and different than today’s mundane world. They are nearly from paradise with their blissful universe that renders comfort in a world that has come adrift.
Through his work the viewer is shown the feasibility of uncomplicated happiness. Though rendering homage to early Christian paintings, his work is different and full of humour; his figures seem to float in a vacuum or are seated uncomfortable in the narrow frame, which arouses this very good feeling. His drawings are made with pencil, though in some works he adds a little color with gouache. They are delicate, yet they have well-defined outlines, so much that his figures often seem to be carved from stone, promising us that we may believe in what’s good.
Janpeter Muilwijk (1960, Fontainebleau, France) studied Architectural Design at the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten and Drawing and painting, Chr. Hogeschool voor de Kunsten.
Purmarijn Grafiekprijs, 2005
Paul Citroen Price, 1997
Koninklijke Prijs voor de Schilderkunst, 1992