Jan loved to draw and paint when he was a child already and has returned to his passion for the arts as soon as his career in the medical sector ended, at the beginning of the 2000 s. He then began a five year training at the Gooise Academy of Laren where he got teaching in various techniques, graphic and visual
He restarted his career in oil painting ,which he thoroughly enjoys, and the trading it for the watercolor two years later after following some masterclasses.
He was so in love with this technique, that he never changed more until nowadays.
Jan is driven by the pleasure he finds in recreating atmosphere and lights found in the land and seascapes around him. He enjoys representing urban settings and maritime subjects.
Using different tones and shadings, the painter commits to capturing the beauty that inhabits the places he visits, giving them a sensitivity that is doubled with a latent poetry , which he strives to communicate with the viewer.
Since 2015 Jan has been a committee member of the Dutch Branch of the International Watercolor Society (IWS) – a non-profit organization devoted to promote watercolor- and has participated in many collective events that enabled him to share his works all around the world.
In addition, he teaches his passion and skills to many amateurs by offering classes and workshops ,did win a lot of prestigious awards and published in several well known International magazines.
By devoting himself daily and consistently to the perfection and transmission of his technique ,the artist earned the prestigious title of “Master” in the international organization of IWS World in April 2017
HONOUR / MEMBERSHIPS
Jury Member 2021 Watercolorium Russia
Member Watercolor Society San Diego USA
Master Member IWS International Watercolor Society World since 2017.
IWS International Watercolor Society Holland- Co-founder (2015)and Board Member
2021 Netherlands. Permanent exposition in Aquarel Art Galerie in Zutphen.
2021 planned Russia. World of High Watercolor in Moscow.
2021 USA. IWS Member exhibition Florida.
2021 USA. Member exhibition San Diego Watercolor Society.
2020 and 2021 Italy. Festival Internazionale dell’ Acquarello Monza.
2020 Russia. We are together Watercolor’ in Moscow.
2020 Netherlands. Jopie Huisman Museum in Workum.
2020 Netherlands. Museum Jan Heesterhuis in Schijndel.
2020 Russia. IWS Sareh Gallery in Moscow.
2020 France and Vietnam. Exposition Internationale d’Aquarelle in Albi and Ho Chi Minh.
2020 Netherlands. Stroomhuis in Neerijnen.
2019 Netherlands. IWS International Masters in Gouda followed by exposition at Galerie van Heijningen in Den Haag
2019 USA. Art Expo New York.
2019 Italy. ‘Sea landscapes’ Galeria Esde in Sardegna.
2018 Netherlands. With 23 artworks in Museum Thijnhof in Coevorden.
In most recent years Jan Min has been honoured with over 80 international awards and prizes.
Below we show an exemplary selection.
2020/2021 Three work selected in Readers top 100 Competition, Art of Watercolor Magazine issue #40
2021 USA. 3rd place IWS member exposition San Diego.
2020. 5th place World Masters of Watercolor.
2020 Italy. Nomination Fabriano Biennale.
2019 Silver Award Mondial Art Academy.
2019 GAWA 1st prize ‘Landscapes’.
2018 GAWA Award ‘best 50 waterolorists.
2018 Pakistan. Honourable Award. Peace of Pearls.
2017. Hahnemühle Calander prize.
2020 Netherlands. Stichting Botterbehoud Huizen: 3 artworks.
Aquarelas Magazine Spain 2020.
Art of Watercolor Magazine 2020.
L’art de L’aquarelle France 2020.
IWS Magazine Canada and Hong Kong 2019.
Art Pratique Magazine France 2017.
Personal You Tube channel.
Honoured with personal Tintoretto brush kit.