Six Questions

Six Questions: Jasper Hagenaar

Tique asks six questions to an artist about their work and inspiration.
This week: Jasper Hagenaar.

Artist Jasper Hagenaar
Lives in Utrecht, the Netherlands

How do you describe your own art practice?

As a painter I spend most of my days in the studio. I like having some sort of a daily routine. Working on meticulous planned paintings is necessary to create the moment that something unforeseen can happen. Capturing and using this moment is the hardest but also the most satisfying part of my practice. I like to make a lot of work; I paint rather fast. But therefore the process of choosing which work may survive is at least as important as the process of painting itself.

Jasper Hagenaar - Taltos (2012)
Oil on paper on panel, 33,4 × 28 cm
Koen Croese collection

What was your first experience with art?

I once visited a Kokoschka exhibition in the Jeu de Paume with my dad when I was very young. I remember him being really ecstatic about it but I just saw a lot of paint smeared on canvases. It was a case of too early to young I think.

Jasper Hagenaar - Modernist stilleven #11 (2019)
Oil on panel, 60 × 41 cm

What is your greatest source of inspiration?

The books I read, the films I watch and the memories I have.

Jasper Hagenaar - Nightswimming (2019)
Oil on panel, 40 × 32 cm

What do you need in order to create your work?

The basic painting tools, a printer and an empty mind.

Jasper Hagenaar - Ostrakon dancer (2019)
Oil on paper on panel, 39,5 × 29,5 cm

What are you working on at the moment?

I am working on a series of small oil paintings on paper mounted on panel. I am rather thrilled about them, because new things are happening and I haven’t yet made up my mind about them being good or bad.

Jasper Hagenaar - Schaduwbeeld (2018)
Oil on panel, 63 × 52 cm
Private collection DE

What work or artist has most recently surprised you?

I visited the Alte Pinokathek in Munich last summer and I was really blown away by the Rubens room. I was never a big fan of him, too much happening all the time, but that room changed this completely.

Jasper Hagenaar - Batman’s left foot (2016)
Oil on panel, 56,8 × 35 cm
Collection Centraal Museum, Utrecht
Photo: Ernst Moritz

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