Joost van Haaften (1952) is a modern painter and visual artist, strongly aware of the traditions in painting that preceded him. He is constantly looking for a possibility of finding the precise imagery for his wonderings in order to invite the onlooker to experience rather than to understand his paintings.
When one looks at the oeuvre of Joost van Haaften – made in the successive periods of 1975–1985, 1985–1990, 1990–2005, 2005–2012 – one not only sees a mirror of the general development in painting during that era, but also a reflection on the world he is living in. For many years he has been working in the reclusion of his studio, slowly and precisely shifting the focus in his paintings from the world outside to the intimate unseen.
Professor of Fine Arts at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam (NL) since 1979. Studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie (drawing teachers education) and the Accademia di Belle Arti Florence (IT).
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On this website you will find the oeuvre of Joost van Haaften so far, divided into four periods that define the development in his artistic practice. The homepage shows four works selected by theme, automatically alternating with every visit.