A short enlightenment
Jantina Peperkamp was born in 1968 in The Netherlands where she currently lives and works alongside one of the scenic winding dikes characteristic of the country. Peperkamp originally trained as a goldsmith, but found her passion in painting. In 2007, Jantina’s first exhibition was held in one of The Netherlands’ most prestigious galleries and her career was off to a flying start.
Self-reflection is a recurring theme in Peperkamp’s work. Personal thoughts, feelings and memories are important components in her life and work. This is partly the reason why she chooses models in which she can recognize herself. The energy created between Peperkamp and her model plays a vital part in her work, where the artist takes the role of observer and commentator.
As a self-taught artist, Peperkamp has developed her own unique style. Her paintings are painstakingly created with many thin layers of acrylic paint that reveal an incredible amount of detail. Her editing – following the axiom less is more -makes Jantina’’s work instantly recognizable and exposes the bare essence of her subjects. Although her style can undoubtedly be classified as realism, Peperkamp’s work goes deeper within, and beyond that categorization. What she shows is a parallel reality, a glimpse into personal perception. “Sometimes I suspect that I look at the world differently than others” says Peperkamp. “My paintings are interpreted differently by different viewers. I find that very special and don’t feel the need to put myself into the experience.”