Jan Henderikse

° 1937

Lives in New York (US), lives in Antwerp (BE), born in Delft (NL).

The Dutch artist Jan Henderikse was born in Delft in 1937 and trained at the Vrije Academie voor Beeldende Kunsten (Free Academy of Visual Art) in The Hague. He has lived all over the world, and now divides his time between Antwerp and Brooklyn. Henderikse was a member of the Nul (Zero) group founded in the 1960s, which pursued a rigorous art in contrast to the then dominant gestural abstraction. The Nul artists often worked repetitively and in monochrome, sometimes with industrialized materials that were incorporated unmodified. While they retained the ‘framework’ of painting, they were viewed as anti-painting or Anti-Peinture, as the title of their final exhibition in 1962 at Antwerp’s Hessenhuis put it. Nul’s five members were all represented: Armando, Herman de Vries, Jan Henderikse, Henk Peeters and Jan Schoonhoven, along with a whole series of other artists, among them their hero Lucio Fontana.

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