Jeroen Allart (1970) is a Dutch visual artist based in Rotterdam. He studied at the Grafisch Lyceum (1986) and the Willem de Kooning Academie (1991), both in Rotterdam, and at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam (1999). Allart has exhibited across the world with shows in Amsterdam, London and New York, among many others. His most recent exhibition was at the art fair PAN Amsterdam with Jan van Hoof Gallery.

 

Allart’s paintings explore the removal of superfluous elements in both landscape and portraiture to arrive at the core of the object or subject being depicted. This search for simplicity and clarity, for the very essence of that which interests him, retains a certain idealisation or nostalgia that make his works instantly recognisable. It is perhaps because of Allart’s ability to make the mundane beautiful that he has often been called ‘the romantic from Rotterdam’.

 

Allart’s paintings are often brightly coloured and flatly painted. His brushstroke is often almost imperceptible, and this graphic quality gives his works a naïve edge that enhances the tranquility of his depictions. His landscapes in particular, often bearing a very low horizon broken only by a lonely house, tree or wooden shed, are instantly recognisable as the essence of Dutch rural life. This might be the exact scenery we stand to lose with the expansion of urban areas in the Netherlands. Thus, Allart’s nostalgic depictions could be seen as a call to action in defence of a world that stands on the brink of extinction.