Kunstaankopen, kunstbehoud, monografieën, exposities
Frans & Kapma Foundation


There is so much marvellous art in this world. Art that wanders through
thoughts and the stories behind the thoughts. Here is a first impression
of art that fascinates us.

Discover the artists represented in the FRANS & KAPMA COLLECTION.

145. Paula Thies
146. Elli Slegten
147. Bep van Beek
148. Jan Homan
149. Annica Koot
150. Paul Hugo ten Hoopen
151. Gert Hendriksen
152. Dick Haakman
153. Jan van Kempen
154. Jetty Homan
155. W. Hüliam
156. Max Rädecker

'Poppies', 1986,
Watercolour on paper, 22 x 30 cm,
Signed: lower right 'jvk 86'
Jan van Kempen (1941)

Exuberant flowering poppies represent our symbol of the lovely high summer time with plenty of sunshine and pleasant beach and terrace temperatures. In the eighties of the last century we bought this watercolour in a gallery in the woody area of Malden (near Nijmegen). The gallery no longer exists and unfortunately we did not archive the name of the painter. The signature 'jvk 86' brings us through google to the artist Jan van Kempen. The Jan van Kempen, whom we contact, is an active member of the Dutch Aquarelist Circle, but does not appear to be the creator of this work.

We 'dig' further. On the internet the search engines do not bring us more via 'jvk 86'. In the end the combination 'Jan van Kempen' and 'poppies' most likely brings the intended result. On our screen we see a picture of a person sitting in a garden with a lot of poppies. In the attached story we think recognizing the aquarelist of our painting. It says that the artist is born in The Hague in 1941 and came to Limburg for the first time in 1956 during a vacation in Thorn, the 'white town', for drawing and painting. He is educated as a teacher and has studied at the Royal Academy in The Hague. From 1965 he teaches in drawing and art history on a secondary school in central Limburg for 37 years. First in Roermond, later when that school moves, in Horn. He also teaches at the City Academy in Maastricht.

Jan van Kempen lives since 1983 in the former municipality of Heythuysen. He is a member of the board of the Heythuysen Promotion Foundation, dedicated to organizing exhibitions of visual arts and the annual Mundial festival. He is also an enthusiastic gardener.

The traced Jan van Kempen must be 'our' poppies painter. If not, we hope that the 'true' artist then will contact us. . .