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Photo: Andrea Stappert

Photo: Andrea Stappert

Jan Pleitner creates striking and expressive abstract painting driven by subconscious thought. Often painted in short bursts of time, or even marathon single sittings, the works are full of movement and energy, with jolting lines pulling the eye up and down the canvas. Pleitner’s highly physical approach to painting sees him scrape through layers of paint as readily as he builds them up, resulting in a highly tactile canvas. His deep colour palette is lively and mercurial, with elemental patches, streaks and lines bleeding into one another and jostling for space aggressively, but not inharmoniously. Imbued with symbolic properties, they point towards a synesthesiac sensibility. 

 

Jan Pleitner lives and works in Germany.

Selected Works

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Jan Pleitner  Untitled, 2019
Jan Pleitner
Jan Pleitner
Jan Pleitner  Untitled, 2019

Jan Pleitner 
Untitled, 2019
oil on canvas
60 x 80 cm / 23.6 x 31.5 in 

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Jan Pleitner  Quetzalcoatl, 2019

Jan Pleitner 
Quetzalcoatl, 2019
oil on canvas
180 x 140 cm / 70.9 x 55.1 in   

 

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Jan Pleitner  Untitled, 2019
Jan Pleitner
Jan Pleitner  Untitled, 2019

Jan Pleitner 
Untitled, 2019
oil on canvas
200 x 300 cm / 78.7 x 118.1 in   

 

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Jan Pleitner  Untitled, 2018
Jan Pleitner
Jan Pleitner  Untitled, 2018

Jan Pleitner 
Untitled, 2018
oil on canvas
240 x 140 cm / 94.5 x 55.1 in   

 

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Jan Pleitner  Untitled, 2018
Jan Pleitner
Jan Pleitner  Untitled, 2018

Jan Pleitner 
Untitled, 2018
oil on canvas
240 x 140 cm / 94.5 x 55.1 in   

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Jan Pleitner Untitled, 2018
Jan Pleitner
Jan Pleitner Untitled, 2018

Jan Pleitner
Untitled, 2018
oil on canvas
230 x 160 cm / 90.6 x 63 in   

 

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Jan Pleitner  Entering the morphogenetic field, 2016

Jan Pleitner 
Entering the morphogenetic field, 2016
oil on canvas
253 x 497 cm / 99.6 x 195.7 in   

 

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Jan Pleitner  Untitled, 2015
Jan Pleitner
Jan Pleitner  Untitled, 2015

Jan Pleitner 
Untitled, 2015
oil on canvas
300 x 200 cm / 118.1 x 78.7 in   

 

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Jan Pleitner  Untitled, 2015
Jan Pleitner
Jan Pleitner  Untitled, 2015

Jan Pleitner 
Untitled, 2015
oil on canvas
200 x 300 cm / 78.7 x 118.1 in   

 

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Jan Pleitner  Untitled, 2014

Jan Pleitner 
Untitled, 2014
oil on canvas
150 x 135 cm / 59.1 x 53.1 in   

 

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Jan Pleitner  Untitled, 2015

Jan Pleitner 
Untitled, 2015
oil on canvas
160 x 190 cm / 63 x 74.8 in   

 

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Jan Pleitner  Das grūne Enigma, 2014

Jan Pleitner 
Das grūne Enigma, 2014
oil on canvas
220 x 160 cm / 86.6 x 63 in   

 

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Jan Pleitner  Untitled, 2019

Jan Pleitner 
Untitled, 2019
oil on canvas
60 x 80 cm / 23.6 x 31.5 in 

Jan Pleitner  Quetzalcoatl, 2019

Jan Pleitner 
Quetzalcoatl, 2019
oil on canvas
180 x 140 cm / 70.9 x 55.1 in   

 

Jan Pleitner  Untitled, 2019

Jan Pleitner 
Untitled, 2019
oil on canvas
200 x 300 cm / 78.7 x 118.1 in   

 

Jan Pleitner  Untitled, 2018

Jan Pleitner 
Untitled, 2018
oil on canvas
240 x 140 cm / 94.5 x 55.1 in   

 

Jan Pleitner  Untitled, 2018

Jan Pleitner 
Untitled, 2018
oil on canvas
240 x 140 cm / 94.5 x 55.1 in   

Jan Pleitner Untitled, 2018

Jan Pleitner
Untitled, 2018
oil on canvas
230 x 160 cm / 90.6 x 63 in   

 

Jan Pleitner  Entering the morphogenetic field, 2016

Jan Pleitner 
Entering the morphogenetic field, 2016
oil on canvas
253 x 497 cm / 99.6 x 195.7 in   

 

Jan Pleitner  Untitled, 2015

Jan Pleitner 
Untitled, 2015
oil on canvas
300 x 200 cm / 118.1 x 78.7 in   

 

Jan Pleitner  Untitled, 2015

Jan Pleitner 
Untitled, 2015
oil on canvas
200 x 300 cm / 78.7 x 118.1 in   

 

Jan Pleitner  Untitled, 2014

Jan Pleitner 
Untitled, 2014
oil on canvas
150 x 135 cm / 59.1 x 53.1 in   

 

Jan Pleitner  Untitled, 2015

Jan Pleitner 
Untitled, 2015
oil on canvas
160 x 190 cm / 63 x 74.8 in   

 

Jan Pleitner  Das grūne Enigma, 2014

Jan Pleitner 
Das grūne Enigma, 2014
oil on canvas
220 x 160 cm / 86.6 x 63 in