Jan Klein (DK)

Jan Klein was born and raised in Copenhagen in a working class family. Conditionally born with dyslexia, school was not easy – he then took refuge in arts. At a very young age his artistic talent and uniqueness began to be seen in his drawings and paintings. After completing school he joined the hippie movement where he was happy to find others with the same mindset as himself. There upon he tried to experiment with drugs just like the other hippies during the 60’s. At the age of 19 Jan Klein was accepted into the preliminary program of the royal Danish Academy Of Arts but Jan Klein was not able to finish it due to an escalating substance abuse. Fortunately a church aid program brought him back on track. From then on Jan Klein decided to spend his life helping other addicts. He founded two rehabilitation centres that have existed for about 30 years today.

Despite of Jan Kleins turbulent life he never stopped painting. The last couple of years have been a great experience for the ‘old hippie’ who, from the time being, is one of the best selling artists in Denmark within his genre. Jan Kleins artwork has been presented in numerous exhibitions, galleries and high profiled TV-shows all around the country. The work of Jan Klein is a fusion of street art and pop art and is to be found in the mixed media genre, combining painting and collages. Jan Kleins life long fascination with iconic figures and musicians from 1950’s up to today includes The Beatles, Jim Morrison, Marilyn Monroe, Amy Winehouse and Kurt Cobain (to name a few), as well as the quintessential symbols of the period form the basis of a large part of his art which brings our everyday notions of beauty and ugliness into question. His works are orgies of colours and he finds inspiration everywhere. Words, sayings and statements are essential elements of his work.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2017
GALLERI V58, Aarhus, Denmark
GALLERI V58, Schmelling 60 year’s anniversary – Billede over de 6 årtier, (Pictures of the last 6 decades) Aarhus, Denmark
Affordable Art Fair, represented  by Galleri Nobel, Brussels, Belgium
Galleri Nobel, solo exhibition, Oslo, Norway
Annaborg Kunst, Hilleroed, Denmark
Gallery Dencker og Schneider, Berlin, Germany

2016
Frederiksbergs censured exhibition, Denmark
Galleri Lisberg, Hundested Harbour, Denmark
Franks Restaurant og Galleri, Saeby Harbour, Denmark

2015
Galleri Oxholm, Frederiksberg, Denmark
Gallerie Knud Grothe, solo exhibition, Charlottenlund, Denmark
Galleri Nobel, solo exhibition, Oslo, Norway
Spring Expo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Gallery Dencker og Schneider, Berlin, Germany

2014
Galleri Nobel, Oslo, Norway
Galleri Liisberg, Hundested, Denmark
Galerie Knud Grothe, Charlottenlund, Denmark

2013
Kunst for alle (Art for everyone), Aarhus, Denmark
Grenen Kunstmuseum, Skagen, Denmark
Gallerie Lien, Fjerritslev, Denmark
Gallerie Dorthe Friis, Hjørring, Denmark
Galleri Finn Sørensen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Kunst for alle (Art for everyone), Copenhagen, Denmark
Galleri Nobel, Oslo, Norway

2012
Galleri Brænderigaarden, Horsens, Denmark
Kunst for alle (Art for everyone), Aarhus, Denmark
Art Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Graffitigalleriet, Copenhagen, Denmark
Underground Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
Grenen Kunstmuseum, Skagen, Denmark
Galleriet Bredgade, Copenhagen, Denmark
Underground Gallery, Christmas exhibition, Copenhagen, Denmark

2011
Galleri KBH, Art in january, Copenhagen, Denmark
Galleri Habsøe, Bryrup, Denmark
Galleri Tom Franke, Naestved, Denmark
Kunst i teltet, Hornbaek, Danmark
Hilleroed Kunst Dage, Hilleroed, Denmark
Art Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Art Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Kunstmesse Art2See, Odense, Denmark
Kunst for alle (Art for everyone), Copenhagen, Denmark

2010
Galleri Silkeborg, Silkeborg, Denmark

BIBLIOGRAPHY

2013
Article in Politikken in the section ’Spis og Bo’
Article in Magasinet Nytt Rom

2012
Article in Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten
Article in Jyllandspostens section ’Living’

2011
Article in Weekend Boersen, ”Et kulørt kunstnerhjem” (A coloured artist home)
Article in Wall Street Journal
”101 nye kunstnere” (101 new artists)

Born 1951

‘Love’, mixed media på lærred, 133 x 180, SOLGT

‘Love’, mixed media på lærred, 120 x 170, d.kr. 24.000,-

‘Love’, mixed media på lærred, 60 x 80, d.kr. 8.000,-

‘Love’, mixed media, 138 x 180, SOLGT

‘Uden titel’, Mixed media på lærred, 120 x 120, d.kr 18.000,-