Jacob Van Der Beugel

Jacob van der Beugelís work can be separated into two categories: His installation pieces are inspired by 17th century Dutch Still Life paintings, where themes such as Memento Mori and Vanitas are explored in a dramatic and dynamically contemporary way. These are large installations comprising many vessels suitable for Interiors and Museums. In these exciting pieces the vessel is treated as a functional containing object but also as a metaphor for the human body, a container of the human consciousness. This thematisation of the vessel creates a very powerful connection between the viewer and the work. Props such as mirrors are used to enhance the viewersí aesthetic perception and the conceptual nature of the work. The refined one off pieces are designed to embrace the haptic and tactile nature of clay. Surfaces can be rough or smooth. The roughness is created through using crushed sandstone, pulverised brick and ground recycled kiln shelving. This brings the user closer to the abundant nature of ceramics and enhances their perception and senses, much like Minimalist sculpture. The work is austere and organic. Jacob mixes his own clay in order to attain diversity in colour and texture. Work can also be made to commission.

Born 1978 London

2003-2004 Assistant to Edmund de Waal,Vanguard Court, London
2001-2002 Apprenticeship with Rupert Spira, Church Farm, Shropshire
1997-2001 History of Art Degree (BA 2.1), University of York

2008 Crafts Magazine Winner, Origin London.
2007 Arts Council, Development Grant for Installation work
2006 Arts Council, Research and Professional Development Grant
Grand Designs Best in show award. Origin. London
2005 Crafts Council Development Award.
Winner of Elle Decoration Future Classic Award 2005
2004 Finalist in British Crafts in Japan Award
Finalist in Design for Scandinavia Award

2009 Collect with CAA, The New Saatchi Gallery.         
Creation of 20m installation (private commission)
2008 Solo Focus Show, Still Alive, Installations, CAA.
Solo Show, Toast, Bath
Browse and Darby, Joanna Bird
Origin, Somerset House
2007 Collect, Joanna Bird, V and A Museum
Origin, Somerset House, London
2006 Sofa Chicago, Joanna Bird, Chicago
UKTI Research trip to Japan
2005 Blackwell Arts and Crafts House, Cumbria, with Edmund de Waal
Flower Power, Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
2004 Gallerie Besson: Summer Exhibtion, London
Chelsea Craft Fair: Week One, London

Victoria and Albert Museum





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