MUSEUM AAN HET VRIJTHOF - SOLO EXHIBITION In 2019 Jan Stel has his 1st solo museum exhibition in Museum aan het Vrijthof. With the title, "Manmade / no human", 2 floors with 10 rooms have been furnished. A largest exhibition. The ambiance of the MAHV goes from classical to modern, just like the oeuvre of Stel's photography. More info about the Vrijthof exhibition.
PUBLICATIONS AND SOCIAL MEDIA Jan his photography received a lot of interest from (inter) national media and has been published in De Volkskrant, De Telegraaf, FD Persoonlijk, NRC Handelsblad, The Daily Mail, in dozens of magazines (Focus, Pf Magazine, …) and on many websites and blogs. It also obtained several awards, like the Sony World Photography Awards, International Color Awards and the Epson Pano Awards. It’s exhibited regularly and is part of many private and corporate collections.
Group-exhibition Project 2.0 Gallery.Jan Stel - Industrial Landscapes. 11 July - August 2020
Solo-exhibition, Manmade / no human. Museum aan het Vrijthof‘ Maastricht, The Netherlands. 22 June - 15 September 2019Kunst RAI, Amsterdam. 17 - 22 April 2019 art KARLSRUHE, Germany. 21 - 24 Februari 2019 PAN, RAI Amsterdam. 18 - 25 November 2018 Affordable Art Fair, Battersea Park London UK. 18 - 21 October 2018
Hotel Arena solo exhibition, ‘Manmade / no Human‘.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Hotel Arena solo exhibition, ‘Manmade / no Human‘. Amsterdam, The Netherlands.6 July - 6 September 2018
Combined exhibition, ‘Lost Places‘. Continuum Gallery, Königswinter, Germany. 16 April - 17 June 2018Art Breda, Breepark Breda. 19 - 22 April 2018 Kunst RAI, Amsterdam. 04 - 08 April 2018 PAN, RAI Amsterdam. 19 - 26 Nov 2017 Kunst RAI, Amsterdam. 31 May - 05 June 2017 RAW Artfair, World Trace Centre Rotterdam. 08 - 12 Feb 2017 Realisme, Passenger Terminal Amsterdam. 19 - 22 Jan 2017 PAN, RAI Amsterdam. 20 - 27 Nov 2017 Kunst RAI, Amsterdam. 01 - 05 June 2016 Rotterdam Contemporary. 10 - 14 Feb 2016 Realisme, Passenger Terminal Amsterdam. 21 - 24 Jan 2016 PAN, RAI Amsterdam. 21 Nov - 29 Nov 2015 Kunst RAI, Amsterdam (solo show) 27 - 31 May 2015 Rotterdam Contemporary. 04 - 08 Feb 2015 Realisme, Passenger Terminal Amsterdam. 15 - 18 Jan 2015 PAN, RAI Amsterdam. 23 - 30 Nov 2014 KunstRAI, Amsterdam. 04 - 09 June 2014 RAW Artfair, Cruise terminal Rotterdam. 05 - 09 Feb 2014 Masters of LXRY, RAI Amsterdam. 12 - 16 Dec 2013 PAN, RAI Amsterdam. 23 Nov - 01 Dec 2013 Floris Siemer Art Gallery. 18 May - 23 June 2013 Red Pengiun Art Gallery, Marbella Spain. 01 March - 01 June 2013 Solo exposition Het SPANT! Bussum NL. 01 March - 01 June 2013 ART Warehouse Rotterdam, Fenixloodsen. 05 - 10 Feb 2013 PAN, RAI Amsterdam. 18 - 25 Nov 2012 Realisme, Passenger Terminal Amsterdam. 19 - 22 Jan 2012 PAN, RAI Amsterdam. 20 - 27 Nov 2011 FotoFestival Naarden, Naarden Vesting. 21 May - 19 June 2011 ArtAntique, Jaarbeurs Utrecht. 17 - 25 April 2011
MANMADE / NO HUMAN Museum aan het Vrijthof in Maastricht presents a retrospective exhibition of fine art photographer Jan Stel from 22 June until 15 September 2019. The exhibition 'Manmade / no human' comprises 75 photographic artworks of abandoned buildings with characteristic architecture; locations that were once bustling with life and activity. The photographer impressively demonstrates the beauty of decay.
Jan Stel explores and photographs desolate places of our time. A forgotten world from which the human presence has disappeared. Over the past twenty years he has photographed numerous locations at home and abroad. The artist has a great fascination for the aesthetics of past glory. It is the essence of his photographic work. The history of precious, authentic buildings, the absence of people and lost craftsmanship play a prominent role. The past left behind is photographed with pure, natural light.
The museum visitors have had the museum brochure during the exhibition. If you have not had the opportunity to visit the, "Manmade / no human" exhibition, you can still view and download the brochure here. The brochure covers all 10 rooms on 2 levels with a brief description of the photography shown. Enjoy!
DE SCHOONHEID VAN VERVAL (DUTCH ONLY) Museum aan het Vrijthof in Maastricht presents a retrospective exhibition by art photographer Jan Stel. The exhibition, entitled Manmade / no human, includes 75 photos of abandoned buildings. The photographer impressively shows the beauty of decay. The museum also shows work that has not been shown before.
Jan Stel explores and photographs desolate places. A forgotten world from which the human presence has disappeared. Over the past twenty years, he has captured numerous locations, mainly abroad. Including an old gas holder, a steel factory, a cooling tower, a power plant, a wine cathedral, a casino and stately country houses. Some of these locations have been preserved, but many have since disappeared over time.
MANKRACHT (DUTCH ONLY) Man is nowhere to be seen in the photographs of the Dutchman Jan Stel, and yet he is omnipresent. It is there in memory of industrial complexes that once bustled with activity. Stel does photograph with integrity the decline of these fascinating locations.
OUD ROEST VERHAAL (DUTCH ONLY) Until November 5, Eduard Planting Gallery will be showing "Manmade / no human", the second solo exhibition by art photographer Jan Stel. At the same time a photo album appears under the same title. Stel talks about his theme, his working method, his creative ideas. "Think, develop, play until you get your own style. Only then can you build an oeuvre". Text by: Dirk van Ginkel.
MANMADE / NO HUMAN (DUTCH ONLY) Hotel Arena is een bruisende ontmoetingsplek in Amsterdam-Oost. Dankzij de mix van buurtbewoners, hotelgasten en bezoekers van het Oosterpark is er altijd reuring. Het monumentale pand waarin Hotel Arena is gehuisvest, kent een roemruchte geschiedenis van kunstenaars en artiesten. De paden van Jan Stel en Hotel Arena elkaar in de stijlvolle ambiance van het recentelijk gemoderniseerde en uitgebouwde hotel.
Jan Stel fotografeert verlaten locaties. Locaties waar de tijd al lang geleden haar intrede heeft gedaan, waar de mensheid ooit vertrok en nooit meer terug kwam. Stuk voor stuk erfenissen uit het verleden die ooit bruisten van leven en bedrijvigheid maar nu stil en vergeten zijn. De door mensen verlaten, karakteristieke architectuur en tekenen van verdwenen vakmanschap tonen zoveel van hun geschiedenis; voor Jan reden genoeg om naar zijn camera te grijpen. Hetgeen de essentie van Manmade/No Human heeft vorm gegeven.
LOST GLORY The Dutch photographer Jan Stel made murals in Amsterdam in his youth, sometimes illegally but often on commission or by free hand. He could spend hours creative at home making detailed drawings and illustrations. Inspired by his father's photography, he reaches for the camera and first teaches himself to photograph in an analog way. Even with the switch to digital images, photos have retained a pure character. Since then, many magazines have published Jan Stel's photos and he has received numerous awards for his work. The exhibition is in combination with the wonderful sculpture works of Marek Zyga.
Stel is regularly looking for new locations to expand his collection. That's why he travels all over Europe, followed by his passion for abandoned places and hoping to find lost history. In the beginning his photography style was mainly documentary (more than 20 years ago), which he developed into artistic works of art. The results are powerful perspectives, abstract compositions and photographed with an excellent photographic eye for detail and sense of color.
The works of art are very refined, they are printed on high-quality paper, finished in a wooden frame and provided with museum glass for protection. All artwork is perfectly printed by The Final Art Print.
MANMADE / NO HUMAN The KunstRai in Amsterdam is known for its contemporary style or art fair. This year Jan Stel has a solo booth next to the general booth of Eduard Planting. Go have a digital look!
LIMITED EDITION BOX: The Industrial Landscapes series bounded into a luxery limited edition box. All fine art prints are printed on warm-looking paper, with rich tones and a silky-smooth glossy surface. The firmly crafted box is luxurious linen bound with a perfect finish and has a blind embossing foil-filled title. The size of the box is 50 x 40 cm.
LIMITED EDITION BOX PRINT: With the box comes also 1 print (60 x 48 cm including paper white) of your choice from the selection of 8. This selected artwork is finished with a beautiful black wooden frame and is protected with anti-reflection museum glass.
I would like to share my fascination and admiration for the beauty of decay with you through a book, so that you can also wander around in the wonderful world of the abandoned and forgotten. Conceived, designed and built by people, but now deserted by everyone. This book is a personal selection of the many sites that I have photographed over the years. It is not a dull collection of dozens of photographs that are put in a book without much coherence. I opted for a division into 13 chapters, with each chapter telling the story of one location. Obviously my pictures of these locations take the lead, but I also added a short history and a personal narrative about that particular location. And sometimes about the risks you need to take to make that one picture or series that tells my story of these places.