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.

109. Helen Martina
110. Chris Soer
111. Ada Stel
112. F.A. Mooy
113. Nico van Rijn
114. Jack Jefferys
115. Laetitia de Haas
116. Willem van den Berg
117. Aris Knikker
118. Herman Bieling
119. János Bittenbinder
120. Cornelis Vreedenburgh

'Tree', ceramics,
Height 26 cm,
Not signed
Stella Jansen-Tuma (1926-2009)

As an air balloon that slowly empties, so the works of art gallery Nijehove in Diepenheim disappear. After 16 years gallery owner Ans Nijhof closes the doors in autumn 2010 and we thank her for the beautiful exhibitions. Almost all the paintings have gone back to the artists, what remains are art books and some ceramics, which she has not exhibited before. A special object attracts us. It is a stylized tree in earth tones and not glazed, so that the surface structure corresponds with the character of rough bark. In addition, a card with this text is attached: "The ceramic artworks are made by the unfortunately deceased artist Stella Jansen-Tuma. She has asked us to sell the objects in our gallery and to donate the total revenues to the KWF Cancer Fund. We are pleased to respect this request.” This emotional story gives the artwork an extra dimension. Inevitably we fall for it.

Stella started studying textile working and experimental weaving in Amersfoort in 1972. Over the years she receives various assignments from individuals and companies. In 1975 she took ceramic lessons with the internationally renowned ceramist Marianne Franken. In addition she visits numerous workshops, seminars and workweeks to master the different fire techniques. The possibilities of clay fascinate her immensely and the focus of her work comes entirely on ceramic. "In clay I can express my emotions. I usually start with a vague idea, but soon the clay goes on with me", she once said. Sources of inspiration are for her structures, mosses, sea, beach, weathering processes of natural materials, tension in a human or animal body, but also waving laundry.

Her talent, passion and knowledge make her ceramic objects rise far above the average. So she is asked to give ceramic courses at the Volksuniversiteit in her hometown Zutphen, what she does from 1982 to 1998. She exhibits in Amersfoort, Maarsbergen, Enschede and Apeldoorn, among others. In Galerie Tingeling in Dieren her work has been exhibited permanently.