Nour-Eddine Jarram

Nour–Eddine Jarram (1956) got known in the 90’s through his paintings in which he mixed elements from the paintings of Dutch old masters with motives from islamic culture. He replaced the heads of the physicians from Rembrandt’s Anatomy Lesson with tulips, for example. After this he developed his own landscapes in which human figures are hidden. They look like images from a dream or hallucination, in the fold of a mountain a face lights up, a hill forms the shoulder of a man. During the process of drawing one shape evokes another, naturally integrating the emerging figures into the landscape that is presented in the image. Due to the warm earth colours, deep blues and elegant, sometimes calligraphic lines, the pastel drawings have an unmistakably non-Western character.

Jarram, educated in Casablanca and subsequently in Enschede, The Netherlands units in his work abstract forms with more narrative and figurative elements that are combined and integrated in the image. Over the past year, he has taken 17th-century Dutch landscapes as a point of departure for his pastel drawings. In much the same way as the 17th-century painters, he adapts the landscapes to his own needs. Here and there a little man, composed of calligraphic characters, wanders through the landscape; a reference to Jarram’s own situation as a Moroccan artist surrounded by Dutch culture. Sometimes the little man is carrying a flag that does not feature a radical Islamic slogan but the words I Love Art instead.
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1956born in Casablanca, Morocco

education

1975 – 1978Ecole des Beaux Arts, Casablanca, Morocco
1979 – 1983AKI: Academy for Arts and Industry, Enschede, The Netherlands
lives and works in Enschede, The Netherlands

solo exhibitions

2010University Twente Cultuurcentrum Vrijhof, Enschede, The Netherlands
2008Museum Het Palthehuis, Oldenzaal, The Netherlands
2007Galerie Witteveen, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2005Galerie Witteveen, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2001Casablanca, Waschhaus, Potsdam, Germany
2000Markt 17, Enschede, The NetherlandsPICTURA, Dordrecht, The Netherlands
1998Galerie The Living-room, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1997Kunstuitleen SBK, Amsterdam, The NetherlandsDe Nederlandse Bank, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1995Galerie The Living Room, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

group exhibitions

2011All About Drawing 100 DUTCH artists, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, The NetherlandsTwenty, 20 Years Galerie Maurits van de Laar, The Hague, The Netherlands
2008Into Drawing, Museum Schloss Moyland, GermanyA shadow of yesterday, Galerie Gist Brummen, The Netherlands

A shadow of yesterday, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

12 Draughtsmen, Galerie Witteveen, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2007Galerie Maurits van de Laar, Den Haag, The NetherlandsInto Drawing, Instituto Universitario Olandese di Storia dell Arte, Florence, Italy

25 Faces, Galerie 25 Limited, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

20061st SHIFT, 15 years Galerie Maurits van de Laar, Den Haag, The NetherlandsInto Drawing, Institut Néerlandais, Paris, France

Dalessi & Amici, Jan van Hoof Galerie, Den Bosch, The Netherlands

Galerie Maurits van de Laar, Den Haag, The Netherlands

2005Whisper, Galerie Gist, BrummenMorocco 400 years of Friendship, World Art, Delft, The Netherlands

Into Drawing , Apeldoorns Museum Coda, Apeldoorn (catalogue), The Netherlands

Into Drawing, Limerick Gallery of Art, Ireland

From the land of the setting Sun, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2003Galerie Maurits van de Laar, Den Haag, The Netherlands
2001Galerie Gist, Brummen, The NetherlandsThe collector in the Studio, 10 years Galerie Maurits van de Laar, The Hague, The Netherlands
2000Kunst Rai, Amsterdam, The NetherlandsGalerie Maurits van de Laar, The Hague, The Netherlands
1999Driespraak, De Pronkkamer, Uden, The NetherlandsGalerie Maurits van de Laar, The Hague, The Netherlands
1998Kunst Rai, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1997Galerie Maurits van de Laar, The Hague, The Netherlands
1996God, Art Kitchen Galerie, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1995Sence of Order, Art Kitchen Galerie, Amsterdam, The NetherlandsDrawing, Kunstuitleen, Tilburg, The Netherlands

Eigen Beeld, Galerie Bert Mertens, Utrecht, The Netherlands

1993Meeting, 9 artists from Enschede, Osnabrück and Münster, Osnabrück, Germany (catalogue)Galerie The Living Room, The Netherlands

Kunst Rai, Amsterdam, The Netherlands