Jan ter Weele, artist

"Monhegan 2"
Acrylic on canvas, 2014, 18 x 18 inches

Artist's Statement

Painting, for me, is about color and shape.

My landscape paintings are based on real places. Over the years I have made a series of paintings about places which pre-occupy me. Some of these places show up in my "Bridge,"  "Cumberland," and "Freeport" paintings. In recent years I have been disassembling the imagery of these places.

My abstract paintings reflect the colors, rhytms and patterns of the landscape. The Maine landscape figures prominently.

My paintings of the human figure are about figures embedded and immoblized in space.

When I start a painting I do not know where it will take me. When I finally resolve it, I discover what drove me to do it in the first place. I think the sources of painting, and of art generally, are unknown to us. They flow ultimately from the mystic law. 


Artist Bio

Jan ter Weele in the studio.
(photo by Jan Pieter van Voorst van Beest)

Jan ter Weele was born in Groningen, The Netherlands. He is a painter with a studio in Portland, Maine.

Solo exhibits of his paintings took place in Portland at Cooper Jackson Gallery, the Gallery at The Clown, and Aucocisco Gallery.  Other solos were in the Maine Art Gallery vestibule in Wiscasset, Maine, and Cerulean Gallery in Hallowell, Maine. 

His paintings have been included in a number of invitational shows:  a four-person show at Gallery 415 in Chicago; three separate shows at the New O'Farrell Gallery in Brunswick, Maine (along with Neil Welliver and Lois Dodd, among others); a show at Gold/Smith Gallery in Boothbay Harbor, Maine; a show at the University of Maine at Lewsiton-Auburn; and in successive shows in 2010 and 2011 at George Marshall Store Gallery in York, Maine. In 2014 his work was in a three-person show at the George Marshall Store Gallery.

In 2014 he was selected for the Monhegan Island Art Residency.

His paintings have been in many juried shows, including shows at Essex Art Center in Lawrence Mass., the University of New England, and the College of the Atlantic.

He studied at Maine College of Art, Massachusetts College of Art, Honolulu Academy of Art, and the Art Students League of New York with John Hultberg, Peter Golfinopoulos, and Cornelia Foss.

He holds a BA degree from Princeton University, and MAT and Ed.D. degrees from Harvard Graduate School of Education. He graduated cum laude from Pomfret School.

His paintings are in private collections throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan.


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