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Jan Albers

Jan Albers, new trends in drawing

In an ongoing series of works, Dutch artist Jan Albers (b. 1971) arranges vividly coloured line into startling constellations of pattern and form.

Pairing sharply angular strokes with flowing curves, Albers' pencil drawings hover between abstraction and half-glimpsed figuration, a polarity that shifts in emphasis within each work.

This ambivalence is echoed in the egg-like shapes that dominate the drawings. A starting point for portraits of varying discernibility (below), they also appear to double as symbolic containers of embryonic form; each giving birth to clearly generic, though individually distinctive works.

Exploring an infinity of modulation within prescribed parameters, Albers' variations on a theme are as idiosyncratic, in their way, as the acclaimed 'Butterfly' abstractions of US painter Mark Grotjahn; their quest to redefine the predefined perhaps equally mesmerising.

New contemporary drawing: Jan Albers
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