Nederlands

Jan Blom, storyboard artist en kunstenaar

janblom2016"I have worked with Jan for many years now, simply because he is the best. Fast, creative, attentive, reliable and a great guy to have around. He has helped me sell lots and lots of TV commercials. I highly recommend his work. And him as a person."
 
Jason Schragger, Chief Creative Officer at Saatchi & Saatchi LA

" Jan is definitely one of a kind. Amazing personnality and passion for the work, i love working with him cause he contributes and get involved in the concept and always try to make it better. "Pierre Janneau, Creative Director at 180 LA

"Quite possibly the craziest and most talented visualizer I have had the pleasure of working with. A great must have for bringing idea's to life."
 Craig T Williams, Creative Director @ Wieden + Kennedy Amsterdam

"The fastest Visualiser alive. Mr Blom is a freak visualiser. Always reliable, always full of energy and always delivers. He has a great eye and many great suggestions for enhancing the ideas he is helping bring to life. He doesn't really need this recommendation as he is very well known around town in Amsterdam."
Salvatore Gullifa -  Head of Art bij Nomad Agency.

"Het fijne bij Jan Blom is dat je, naast de allerbeste visualiser waarmee ik gewerkt heb, Jan Blom er bij krijgt."
 Rene Nuijens, Director @ 328Stor

 

Over Jan Blom

Wie wel eens na zessen van de Ceintuurbaan naar het Amsterdams Concertgebouw rijdt kent het werk van Jan Blom. De beschilderde gesloten lamellen tonen advocatenkantoor Plasman op de hoek precies zoals het eruit ziet met de lamellen open. Deze magistrale trompe l'oeuil is slechts een voorproefje van zijn talent. Want de kunstenaar en visualizer heeft een groot en vooral wild oeuvre.

Blom werd in '63 geboren met een creatieve geest en veel tekentalent. Al jong versierde hij het budget om concerten te omlijsten met zijn uitzinnige decors. Op de vrije academie verfijnde hij zijn schildertechniek, maar zijn doel was de Rietveld. Hondsbrutaal stapte hij daar de schilderles binnen nog voor hij was aangenomen. Dit fanatisme loonde.  In '92 studeerde hij af na experimenten met schilderkunst, video, film en performances en een intensieve uitwisseling met het San Fransisco Art Institute.

Met oa zijn kunstcollectief 'beide kunstenaars' maakte hij spraakmakende exposities in binnen en buitenland. Zijn filminstallaties verschenen in de 'housescene' en voor Club Roxy maakte hij kunstwerken als 'Supermen meets girl'. Hij daagde galerie bezoekers uit tot bokswedstrijden en haalde de landelijke pers met de controversiële filminstallatie 'Paren'. Maar zijn grensverkennende aanpak werd niet altijd gewaardeerd. Moe van de conservatieve kunstfondsen, besloot Blom zijn geluk te beproeven als visualiser in de reclame. Wat begon als pure kostwinning mondde uit in liefde voor het vak waarin al zijn talent tot z'n recht komt.

Blom blinkt uit in het verbeelden van lichaamsdynamiek en is dan ook de favoriet van grote sportmerken als Nike, Adidas en Asics. Maar ook andere grote merken als Heineken en Coca Cola waarderen de verfijnde expressie van zijn mensen. In zijn werk wordt humor nooit cartoonesk. Intuïtief weet hij ideeën visueel te versterken, meer te tonen in minder tijd en de beste camera posities te kiezen. Door zijn inzicht en snelheid is hij een veelgevraagd schetser van shooting boards voor directors. En omdat hij zijn tempo goed inschat komt niemand voor verassingen te staan. Of het moet de verrassing zijn van de verbluffende kracht van zijn werk.

 

 

English

Jan Blom, storyboards and artist

janblom2016"I have worked with Jan for many years now, simply because he is the best. Fast, creative, attentive, reliable and a great guy to have around. He has helped me sell lots and lots of TV commercials. I highly recommend his work. And him as a person."
Jason Schragger, Chief Creative Officer at Saatchi & Saatchi LA

" Jan is definitely one of a kind. Amazing personnality and passion for the work, i love working with him cause he contributes and get involved in the concept and always try to make it better. "
Pierre Janneau, Creative Director at 180 LA

"Quite possibly the craziest and most talented visualizer I have had the pleasure of working with. A great must have for bringing idea's to life."
 Craig T Williams, Creative Director @ Wieden + Kennedy Amsterdam

"The fastest Visualiser alive. Mr Blom is a freak visualiser. Always reliable, always full of energy and always delivers. He has a great eye and many great suggestions for enhancing the ideas he is helping bring to life. He doesn't really need this recommendation as he is very well known around town in Amsterdam."
Salvatore Gullifa - Freelance Creative Director VCCP Sydney Australia

"Het fijne bij Jan Blom is dat je, naast de allerbeste visualiser waarmee ik gewerkt heb, Jan Blom er bij krijgt."
 Rene Nuijens, Director @ 328Stor


About Jan Blom

Whoever drives after six in the evening from Ceintuurbaan to Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw knows the work of Jan Blom. Cleverly painted closed shutters make Plasman Lawyers on the corner look exactly as if the business is open. This wonderful trompe l’oeil only hints at a fragment of Blom’s talent – this artist and visualizer has an exceptionally wide and eclectic oeuvre.

 Blom was born in 1963 with a creative mind and a talent for drawing. From a young age he raised the budgets to create entire decors to frame concerts, both onstage and in the surrounding spaces. Then at the Vrije Teken Academie (a liberal arts college) he developed some painting technique, but his real target was the Rietveld Academy. He was so determined, he even began attending painting lessons before actually being accepted. His dedication paid off. After broad experimentations in painting, video and performance art, including an intensive exchange with the San Francisco Art Institute, he graduated from the Rietveld in 1992.

 With his art collective ‘Both Artists’, and others, he made radical art exhibits both nationally and internationally. His film installations screened in the house music scene, and for Amsterdam’s Club RoXY he made artworks such as ‘Supermen meets Girl’. He challenged gallery visitors to boxing matches and made the national newspapers with the controversial installation ‘Paren’ (Couples). But his approach of pushing boundaries wasn’t always welcomed by the powers that be. Tired of the conservative art funding bodies, Blom decided to try his luck as a visualizer in the advertising world. What started as a purely livelihood-based choice turned into a real love for a business where all his talents could finally come into their own.

 Blom excels in representing bodies in motion, so is a favourite of large sporting brands such as Nike, Adidas and Asics. But other big brands such as Heineken and Coca Cola also value how brilliantly he depicts people’s expressions. In his work humour is never ‘cartoonish’. Jan knows intuitively how to strengthen visual ideas, how to use less time to show more, and how to choose the best camera and lighting angles. He is frequently asked to create story boards for directors, for his fast, precise work. And because he’s a professional at estimating his time no one gets an unwanted surprise – unless that surprise is simply at the superb quality of his work.