Umami Maybe – Janine van Oene

from Friday 22 Nov, 2019 till Saturday 18 Jan, 2020

Janine van Oene


22 November 2019- 18 January 2020
Opening reception: Friday 22 November, 17:00 – 19:00 hrs.
Performance: Saturday 23 November, 14:00 – 16:30 hrs.

Amsterdam Art Weekend gallery opening hours:
Friday 22 November, 10:00 – 19:00 hrs.
Saturday 23 November, 10:00 – 19:00 hrs.
Sunday 24 November, 12:00 – 17:00 hrs.

Gerhard Hofland is proud to present Umami Maybe by Janine van Oene (1988, NL). This is the first solo exhibition by Van Oene at the gallery since her debut in the group show Smudgen in 2018.

Umami Maybe opens Friday 22 November, during Amsterdam Art Weekend. Followed by a performance on Saturday 23 November by four young artists: Kim David Bots, Lyckle de Jong, Gijsje Heemskerk and Maarten Nico. The performance will involve instruments, soundscapes, improvisation, recitals and storytelling. Previously working together in different formations, on occasion the four form a collective. Active in various fields, they all bring their different backgrounds into the mix. From 14:00 till 16:30 hours.

The medium of painting itself is the core of Janine van Oene’s practice. The buttery quality of oil paint, the magic of mixing and the hunt after the right color is what drives her. For Van Oene stretching a canvas and preparing the paint is like setting the table for dinner; starting with a basis of carefully chosen linen she slowly works towards a composition that over time carries vases, dishes and decorative napkins folded into fans. Van Oene’s work is abstract in nature, but finds its origin in still lifes and the depiction of interiors. The images give a suggestion of raw fish on shiny dishes, scallops and fruit or laced curtains, but remain obscure to unambiguous interpretation. Layer after layer she searches a way out of the abstraction, back to a rather melancholic fake reality of outdated interiors, plastic flowers and forgotten curtain patters. She hunts for absurd and excessively stylised details in faded magazines and in memory drenched objects, to let these resurface in the work in unexpected ways. This motionless world is brought to life with the physical act of painting large calligraphic forms, intuitive moves in a puzzle Van Oene has to solve by pushing herself always further towards a solution.

Janine van Oene (1988, NL) lives and works in Amsterdam (NL). In 2014 she graduated from the HKU University of Arts in Utrecht, the Netherlands, and was s resident at De Ateliers in Amsterdam from 2014 to 2016. In 2017 Van Oene was selected for the Prospects & Concepts of the Mondriaan Fund, and was awarded the Dutch Royal Prize for Modern Painting. The work of Van Oene is at home in various collections, such as De Nederlandsche Bank, KMPG, The Royal Art Collection and ING Art Collection, AkzoNobel, among many others.

Biography - Janine van Oene

Janine van Oene Butcher's Broom, 2019 100 x 80 cm. Oil on canvas

Janine van Oene Butcher's Broom, 2019 100 x 80 cm. Oil on canvas


Janine van Oene CV

Born in the Netherlands, 1988.
Lives and works in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.


Janine van Oene (1988)


Bison Caravan, Rio de Janeiro (BR)

De Ateliers, Amsterdam (NL)

Bachelor of Fine Art, Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, Utrecht (NL)

Propedeuse Illustration, Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, Utrecht (NL)

Graphic Design, Deltion College, Zwolle (NL)

Solo exhibitions

Sensual Strokes – Valentine Series, Gerhard Hofland Galerie, Amsterdam (NL)

Umami Maybe, Gerhard Hofland Galerie, Amsterdam (NL)

Vase Face, PS Projectspace, Amsterdam (NL)

Assignment by K. F. Hein Fund, TivoliVredenburg Utrecht (NL)

Group exhibitions

Echoes of the Unseen, Gerhard Hofland Amsterdam (NL)
Winnaars Jeanne Oosting Prijs, De Groen Fine Art Collection, Arnhem (NL)
Hallucinogenic, Galerie Gerhard Hofland en Project Space on the Inside, Amsterdam (NL)

Der Rausch, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam (NL)
Magis Mulieres, De Apotheek, Amsterdam (NL)
De Expo Koelkast, Garage Noord, Amsterdam (NL)
TRIPLE, curated by Jan van der Ploeg, Galerie Gisela Clement, Bonn (DE)
Art Rotterdam, rep. by Gerhard Hofland Galerie, Van Nellefabriek, Rotterdam (NL)

Smudgen, Gerhard Hofland Galerie, Amsterdam (NL)
15 Artists, 30 Works, Mini Galerie, Amsterdam (NL)
Park, Tilburg (NL)
Unfair, Amsterdam (NL)
Prospects and Concepts, Rotterdam (NL)

Royal Award for Modern Painting, Royal Palace, Amsterdam (NL)
Bison Caravan, Despina, Largo des Artes, Rio de Janeiro (BR)
Young New Painters, Ornis A. Gallery, Amsterdam (NL)

Royal Award for Modern Painting, Royal Palace, Amsterdam (NL)
Aanwinstententoonstelling, De Nederlandsche Bank, Amsterdam (NL)
A Bad End Story, Musikbrauerei, Berlin (DE)
Potlatch / The Offspring, De Ateliers, Amsterdam (NL)
We Like Art!, Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam (NL)
Unfair Amsterdam, Zuiveringshal Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam (NL)
Drawing front / Vanishing point, Studio Omstand, Arnhem (NL)
Manege, Art-Deli, Amsterdam (NL)
Art Rotterdam, Van Nellefabriek, Tegenboschvanvreden (NL)
Unfair x Christie’s Amsterdam Fundraiser Auction (NL)

Royal Award for Modern Painting, Royal Palace, Amsterdam (NL)
Royal Club, Academiegalerie, Utrecht (NL)
Full Swing, Circa…dit, Arnhem (NL)

De Ateliers New Participants, De Ateliers, Amsterdam (NL)
‘Entering the Painting’, Tegenboschvanvreden, Amsterdam (NL)
Buning Brongers prize, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam (NL)
Royal Award for Modern Painting, Royal Palace, Amsterdam (NL)
Ernstig geschikt!, Circa…dit, Arnhem (NL)
Best of graduate show Ron Mandos, 2014, Amsterdam (NL)
‘HKU FA TWG’ Graduation Exhibition (NL)
‘Speculations About Space’, Kunstpodium T (Leerling/Meester Project), Tilburg (NL)
‘36 Days of Painting’ Academiegalerie, Utrecht (NL)


Jeanne van Oosting Prize, 2020 (winner)
Royal Award for Modern Painting, 2017 (winner)
Mondriaan Fund: Stipendium Emerging Artists, 2016
Royal Award for Modern Painting, 2016 (nomination)
Mondriaan Fund: Post-academic Development Artistic Practice, 2016

Royal Award for Modern Painting, 2015 (nomination)
Buning Brongers Prize, 2014 (winner)
Jan Zumbrink Prize, 2014 (nomination)
Royal Award for Modern Painting, 2014 (nomination)


Unfair Catalog, 2018
Prospects and Concepts Catalog, 2017
Royal Award for Modern Painting Catalog, 2017
Royal Award for Modern Painting Catalog, 2016
Interview We Like Art! 2016 —
Potlatch Catalog, 2016
Unfair Amsterdam Catalog, 2016
Royal Award for Modern Painting Catalog, 2015
Platform Platvorm Magazine, Issue 1, 2015
Interview Mister Motley, 2015:
AMC Magazine, 04/2015
Volkskrant, 17/10/2014
Featured Artist in ‘The Cold Comfort Issue’, Subbacultcha!, 2014
Buning Brongers Catalog, 2014
Royal Award for Modern Painting Catalog, 2014
BK-Informatie, Nr. 4, 2014
‘HKU FA TWG’ Graduation Catalog, 2014


Lecture ‘Life after art academy’, Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, Utrecht, 2017
One week painting seminar, Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, Utrecht, 2017
Lecture ‘Life after art academy’, Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, Utrecht, 2016


NN Group Art Collection, NL
DNB Art Collection, NL
KPMG Art Collection, NL
ING Art Collection, NL
Royal Art Collection, NL
AMC Art Collection, NL
Heden Art Collection, NL
Private Collections, NL