Jan Holger Jerichau - Sculpture
18 January - 24 May 2020
Jan Jan Holger Jerichau became a trained painter when he was young and in the years 1967-77 he was a student of sculptor and graphic artist Gunnar Hossy. He began his artistic career as a painter and graphic artist and, inspired by Gunnar Hossy, switched to work with collages. The early works often revealed strong mental tension complexes. He was not unmoved by being the fourth member of the Jerichau genus. On the one hand, he had inherited the sensibility that lay in the genus and which resulted in the fact that many in the genus chose the art as a life course. On the other hand, the legacy was also heavy - as strong expressions and works of art by members of the genus and as a pressure, an ambition to go the same way.
Around 1982 he began to work directly in plaster with larger sculptures, whose design language is related to the spontaneous-abstract tradition in Danish sculpture, for example Ejler Bille and Sonja Ferlov Mancoba. Some he got cast in bronze.
After working with the plaster, wood became his favorite material for the rest of his career. His wood sculptures are carefully carved and worked with color and wax, gold leaf or other elements. They appear as refined and simple symbols: totem-like, organic and ornamental.
The exhibition opens with a conducted tour by art historian Troels Andersen on Saturday, 25 January 25 at 11.00.