Jan-Willem Boer was born in 1955 in Koog aan de Zaan, The Netherlands. He studied art at the renowned Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam under some of the most influential artists of this era. He specialized in etchings, lithos and painting. Jan Willem moved to the United States in 1982. Right now Jan is a resident of Blaine, Minnesota. He has worked as an illustrator and designer for the past 30 years for more than 100 clients in both the USA and Europe, winning several awards for his outstanding work. He began his career working for the Dutch Publishing house VNU (Oberon) and was the in-house illustrator for KIJK, a Dutch popular scientific magazine. In Europe he also created illustrations for Muy Interresante (Spain), P.M. (Germany), Elixer, Doe Het Zelf, Nuon and more. In the USA some of his prominent clients are Royal Caribbean, Toro, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Caterpillar, Graco, Polaris, Arctic Cat, John Deere, Pfizer, 3M, Ecolab, Cornelius, Tennant, Amercian Woodworker, Advance, McKinsey Quarterly, Starkey Laboratories and Slumberland.
Half a year ago Jan Willem realized that it was time to go back to his roots and pick up the brushes.
What strikes the person who views a work by JW Boer – not at first, but after a good long look – is the love for chaos and restlessness that emanates; and the longer the viewer looks, the more deeply and impressively that restlessness seems to flow. “For me, the artist’s task is to make a mess out of chaos,” he says, and he succeeds with consummate skill.
A renegade in respect to the belief that an artist should stick to one medium only, Boer’s artistic explorations have involved oil and acrylics, pastels, gouache of every conceivable description, woodcut printing, watercolor, and since late 2002, he has been building and learning to use a computerized art studio.
While the artist enjoys working in a variety of styles and mediums, he is best known for his brightsemi-realistic paintings of North Dakotan landscapes and street scenes.
You can find more of Jan’s artwork at his website www.BoerandBoer.com or if you want to reach him call 763-742-4084.