Justin Wijers

Justin Wijers (1981) draws victims of violence and traffic accidents he finds on the Internet. With a fine jellyroller pen he depicts the battered bodies in thin, precise lines. The bodies are only partly coloured in and their contours are very lightly sketched on the white surface of the paper. At first sight they look like abstract areas of colour or islands on a map in a white sea. After these predominantly lineair works he starts writing texts and drawing small flowers, animals and pictograms in bright, beautiful colours on the bodies and the stains around them. With care and great eye for detail Justin Wijers fills in the bodies, almost as a tender last homage to these victims that circulate anonimously on the internet.

The observer first loses himself in the beautiful colours and the many details, until the total form of the body emerges. In this way Justin Wijers confronts us with the raw reality we are faced with in the media every day, but from which we normally seclude ourselves. After the works in feltpen and pencil Justin Wijers starts to experiment with fluorescent paint and glow in the dark gel with which he writes hidden texts that pop up in the dark. In his most recent work he confronts neutral, and intact objects like a house or an airship with the mutilated dead bodies. He thus seems to emphasize the divide between our comfortable everyday life and the atrocities that take place elsewhere in the world.

1981Born in Rotterdam, The Netherlands

education

2000-2004Willem de Kooning Academie, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
lives and works in Rotterdam, The Netherlands

solo exhibitions

2010Galerie Maurits van de Laar, The Hague, The Netherlands
2002De oplichterij, Rotterdam

group exhibitions

2012RSCOPE Miami, Galerie Maurits van de Laar, Miami, Florida USA

SCOPE Basel, Galerie Maurits van de Laar, Basel, Switzerland

RE:Rotterdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

The Lure of Evil, Galerie Maurits van de Laar, The Hague, The Netherlands

2011The Draughtmans’s Contract, Cypres Galerie, Leuven, Belgium

Galerie Maurits van de Laar (with Marie Civikov), The Hague, The Netherlands

TWENTY, 20 years Galerie Maurits van de Laar, The Hague, The Netherlands

2010Daire hosts Galerie Maurits van de Laar, Galeri Daire Tophane, Istanbul, Turkey

Contemporary Istanbul 2010, Istanbul, Turkey

SCOPE Basel, Galerie Maurits van de Laar, Basel, Switzerland

Salon du Dessin Contemporain, Galerie Maurits van de Laar, Caroussel du Louvre, Paris, France

Art Rotterdam, Galerie Maurits van de Laar, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

2009Art Rotterdam, Galerie Maurits van de Laar, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Faux frères & … …, Galerie In Situ, Aalst, Belgium

2008Nieuw Rotterdams Peil, Grote kerk, Emmen, The Netherlands

Something and Something Else, Museum van Bommel van Dam, Venlo, The Netherlands

Tekeningen 8, Quartair, The Hague, The Netherlands

Redefining the enemy, Tent, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Galerie Maurits van de Laar, The Hague, The Netherlands

2007Galerie Maurits van de Laar, The Hague (with Erzsébet Baerveldt), The Netherlands

Art Amsterdam, Galerie Maurits van de Laar, The Netherlands

20061st Shift, Galerie Maurits van de Laar, The Hague, The Netherlands

Tekeningen, Galerie Maurits van de Laar, The Hague, The Netherlands

2005Galerie Blaak 10, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

CBK, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

World Trade Centre, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Ministerie van OCW, Den Haag, The Netherlands

2004De Aanschouw, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

TENT, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Shell Young Art Award, Kunsthal, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

2003Travel/Travail, TENT, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Bugatti/Verlat Prijs, Blijdorp, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Variaties in Vlees, Galerie Herenplaats, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

awards, grants

2008Basisstipendium Fonds BKVB, Amsterdam
2005Startstipendium Fonds BKVB, Amsterdam
2004kandidaat Maaskantprijs

publieksprijs Shell Young Art Award

Shell Young Art Award, 2e prijs

Allianz Grafiekprijs, 1e prijs

2003kandidaat Bugatti/Verlat prijs