Jan van Eden (Voorburg, 1942) is self-taught as an artist and from the early sixties to the present day he created an extensive oeuvre of drawings and paintings.
Several distinctive periods can be distinguished in his artistic career, which broadly coincide with decades. His early work of the Sixties in an expressionistic manner is characterized by rather caricatured drawings of single figures in oil paint on paper, all with an undertone of rebellion and social protest. Exploring similar themes in the Seventies he placed his figures in a structured interior space, thereby enhancing the meaning and content of his paintings. In the Eighties he took on more complex themes, such as the triptychs on the arrogance of power. In the Nineties he explored two opposing themes, “Metropolis”, i.e., our dynamic civilization, and “Lost Paradise”, referring to environmental problems and the disappearance of the large animal species. At the end of the Millennium there was a radical change in his stylistic development, with a more realistic figuration and greater emphasis on color.
From 1967 through 1984 Jan van Eden lived in Central and Southern Africa, Latin America and the Middle East, where he worked on numerous mineral exploration programs as a geologist. In 1985 he has settled in Amsterdam where he has dedicated himself exclusively to his work as an artist.