Jolanda Gerrmann is not affraid to show the smallest
details of the faces she paints. Imperfections are clearly shown, the direct and
frank looks of her models capture the onlookers immediately and the character
of the person represented is openly shown, without any frills. What you see is what you get!
Yet, far more happens when one looks at the large
portraits by Gerrmann. They do not only show the face and personality of the
portrayed, they also seem to steer the onlooker to be aware how he thinks of
the represented person. The onlooker is confronted with his primary reaction
and his own way of looking at the world. Jolanda’s portraits are not merely a
mirror of the soul of the portrayed, but also a mirror of the soul of the
observer. What makes Gerrmann’s portraits so special is that they subtly make
clear to the onlooker that what you are
is what you see.
Jolanda Gerrmann (1959) studied at the Amsterdam Rietveld
academy and the Minerva Academy in Groningen.Her works are part of
a number of prestigious company- and private collections.
Jolanda has shown true courage by breaking with her
well known and successful way of painting. She has been studying on how to work
in a fudamentally different technique for seven years. In combination with her
old and newly developed techniques and her grown life experience, she has
achieved a very individual style and high technical level. It is fully justified that Gerrmann feels
that her new work now merits to be presented to the public.