Marks that remain

The minimalist work of German artist Jan-Peter Rieken reflects a sense of intimacy that exists between the artist and his materials, and the sensations and emotions captured within his meditative creations — sculptural monochromatic objects and paintings. With the elevation of the creative process in his pieces and by working intuitive and impulsive with his body to treat his material sculpturally, Jan-Peter Rieken is questioning the notions of the limits of painting and of sculpture.

Jan-Peter Rieken — who lives and works between Hamburg and a little rural village in Eastern Europe — is motivated by the work of other artists, but as well too, he draws much inspiration from the places where he chooses to reside, from nature and the seclusion. Especially in his studio in this mountain village, where, he says, he is fascinated by the influence of vastness, remoteness and roughness, which is directly reflected in his recent work — including the ongoing exploration of monochrome paintings and abstractions.

As with all minimalist works, there is a contradictory desire to communicate and to say nothing. All art is open to interpretation, and in works like Jan-Peter Rieken's, the question of how to interpret the work becomes a central one, making it clear that we cannot perceive art without speculating about the artist's intentions. Like a sensual bridge between the real and the imaginary, between material and immaterial. That's why he doesn’t give his works any titles that unnecessarily charge them. 
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Jan-Peter Rieken
Born 1960. Studied art and design in Hamburg. Before making art as his full-time passion, he was owner of a Branding Agency. He has shown his work in exhibition projects in London (UK), Brussels (BE), Île de Ré (FR), Milan (IT) and Hamburg, Stuttgart, Cologne (DE). He has collectors in Germany, France, Switzerland, England, Bulgaria, Belgium, Italy and in the United States of America.

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