Whoever drives after six in the evening from Ceintuurbaan to Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw knows the work of Jan Blom. Cleverly painted closed shutters make Plasman Lawyers on the corner look exactly as if the business is open. This wonderful trompe l’oeil only hints at a fragment of Blom’s talent – this artist and visualizer has an exceptionally wide and eclectic oeuvre.
Blom was born in 1963 with a creative mind and a talent for drawing. From a young age he raised the budgets to create entire decors to frame concerts, both onstage and in the surrounding spaces. Then at the Vrije Teken Academie (a liberal arts college) he developed some painting technique, but his real target was the Rietveld Academy. He was so determined, he even began attending painting lessons before actually being accepted. His dedication paid off. After broad experimentations in painting, video and performance art, including an intensive exchange with the San Francisco Art Institute, he graduated from the Rietveld in 1992.
With his art collective ‘Both Artists’, and others, he made radical art exhibits both nationally and internationally. His film installations screened in the house music scene, and for Amsterdam’s Club RoXY he made artworks such as ‘Supermen meets Girl’.