michiel jansen

(utrecht, nl, 1959)

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michiel jansen has been working for many years with slate.

this is an ancient material, stone naturally layered.

as a sculptor he rearranges the layers and builds new custom shapes with it.

these forms are often derived from nature, shape contrasts also play a major role.

first, a design is made​without taking into account the constraints that the stone would accommodate.

then the slate plates each individually are processed.

hacking, cutting drilling and grinding.

then they are connected to each other with a sealant, and finally, always with a metal interior and connected to a complete work.

sometimes there then follows a total processing.

with pure colour pigments he gives the gray-black stone an extra charge.

the painter goes hand in hand with the sculptor.

this development of two dimensional into spatial through the years clearly can be seen. space and light effects are important elements of which an image is designed.

often the sculptures of michiel have to be fixed to the wall and sometimes it seems as if the heavy stone statues float.

regularly he also has commissioned work, which is released to stand in the room, with or without base.

for example, he made a sculpture made of wood that was floating in the water, in spite of a weight of about 400 kilos.

his work is included in private - and corporate collections.

two extremes in "being" are the main points for his sculptures.

on the one hand, the primary need for nutrition and safety.

and on the other hand the need to get lost of unnecessary ballast in an effort to self realisation.

these two different main points are alternately elaborated in slate.

this is visible through the compact static form or in the open and rhythmic composition.

artists he admires are: piet mondrian, ellsworth kelly and anish kapoor.

michiel jansen

born in 1959 in utrecht (the netherlands).

lives and works in amersfoort (the netherlands).  


hogeschool voor de kunsten, utrecht dependance amersfoort (the netherlands)

1st degree professor drawing, painting and art history.


solo and group exhibitions in the netherlands, including in amersfoort, amsterdam, doesburg, eck en wiel, groningen, utrecht and wageningen.

exhibitions abroad in france and the united kingdom.

gallery 9 presents the works of michiel jansen since 2011:

2016 kunstrai in rai, amsterdam (nl)

2016 spring exhibition in the gallery

2015 summer exhibition in the gallery

2015 a-a-f (after art fairs) exhibition in the gallery

2015 kunstrai in rai, amsterdam (nl)

2014 kunstrai in rai, amsterdam (nl)

2014 jubilee presentation 25 years gallery 9 at kunstrai, amsterdam (nl)

2014 art breda at chasséveld, breda (nl)

2014 jubilee presentation 25 years gallery 9 at art breda, breda (nl)

2014 jubilee presentation 25 years gallery 9 at raw art fair, rotterdam(nl)

2014 jubilee exhibition 25 years gallery 9 in the gallery

2013 summer exhibition in the gallery

2013 kunstrai in rai, amsterdam (nl)

2013 art 2013 in jaarbeurs utrecht, utrecht (nl)

2013 raw art fair in warehouse santos, rotterdam (nl)

2012 exhibition together with ineke van koningsbruggen in the gallery

2012 summer exhibition in the gallery

2012 kunstrai in rai, amsterdam (nl)

2012 artantique in jaarbeurs utrecht, utrecht (nl)

2011 summer exhibition in the gallery

2011 artspot in loods 6, amsterdam (nl)

2011 artantique in jaarbeurs utrecht, utrecht (nl)

art fairs

gallery 9 presents his works since 2011 on art fairs:

artantique 2011 and 2012 and art 2013 in jaarbeurs in utrecht (nl)

art breda 2014 in breda (nl)

artspot 2011 in loods 6 in amsterdam(nl)

kunstrai 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012 in rai, amsterdam (nl)

raw art fair 2013 in warehouse santos, rotterdam (nl)  

jubilee presentation 25 years gallery 9 in 2014 on raw art fair, art breda and kunstrai


commissions for several constituents:

2014 large slate composition on the wall of the eemhuis in amersfoort (nl)

2014 exterior sculpture in private garden in amersfoort (nl)

2014 exterior sculpture in inner garden of a care centre in veenendaal (nl)

2010 sculpture for franciscus xaverius church, amersfoort (nl)

2007 sculpture in entry hall housing complex for social housing corporation in amersfoort (nl)

2005 floating wooden sculpture for amersfoortse kunstvaartroute in amersfoort (nl) and afterwards in canal of castle muiderslot, muiden (nl)

2005 slate garden sculpture for private person, amersfoort (nl)

2001 sketch for municipality of amersfoort within the framework of the town twinning: processing kei liberec

2000 sketch profile for municipality of amersfoort in the framework of vario mundo de lantoren, a land-mark for the new district vathorst, amersfoort (nl)

1998 painted setting screen (5 x 2,5 m) for bureau kunsteducatie, amersfoort (nl)

1996 slate sculpture for beisterveld natuursteen (rieber & søn), utrecht (nl)

1991 slate sculpture for interior architect visser for makelaarskantoor smit in laren-n.h. (nl)