Jan van der Ploeg

Jan van der Ploeg

Jan van der Ploeg (b. 1959) studied at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam and lives and works in The Netherlands. His work is both mischievous and pragmatic, adapting familiar forms such as the handle cut-out of moving boxes into abstract forms such as his well-known 'grip' motif. These motifs are repeated, inverted, and assembled into striking graphic patterns for paintings and large-scale wall paintings. Often utilising spaces of transitions – corridors, laneways, stairwells – van der Ploeg’s wall paintings dramatise sites of public and private space.

Jan van der Ploeg has exhibited extensively in solo and group exhibitions in Europe, North America, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand, at institutions including The Hammer Museum (Los Angeles), the Daimler Chrysler Foundation (Berlin), Gemeentemuseum (The Hague), Van Abbemuseum (Eindhoven), Konsortium (Dusseldorf), PS 1 Contemporary Art Centre MoMA (New York), Centre d’Art Neuchatel (France), Center for Contemporary Non-Objective Art (Brussels), and Dunedin Public Art Gallery (Dunedin). 

Van der Ploeg is founding director of PS, a highly-regarded exhibition space and program based in Amsterdam. Committed to new abstract and conceptual art, PS aims to provide a platform for the work of upcoming international artists in an environment that exists between the conventions of an artist-run space and commercial gallery.

Selected works

    Untitled (Painting No. 1733)

    Jan van der Ploeg

    Untitled (Painting No. 1733) 2017

    Painting No.2001, Untitled

    Jan van der Ploeg

    Painting No.2001, Untitled 2020

    Painting No.20-41, Untitled

    Jan van der Ploeg

    Painting No.20-41, Untitled 2020

    Untitled (Painting No. 1734)

    Jan van der Ploeg

    Untitled (Painting No. 1734) 2017

    Untitled (Painting No. 1723)

    Jan van der Ploeg

    Untitled (Painting No. 1723) 2017


    Jan van der Ploeg

    MWMW 2014


  • Almost


    Maria CruzJulie FragarMatthys GerberChristopher HanrahanLucina LaneTodd McMillanSarah MoscaJonny NiescheJohn NixonJan van der PloegElizabeth PulieKoji RyuiGemma SmithNicola SmithJelena TeleckiBrendan Van HekOliver Wagner

    10 September - October 9, 2021

  • New Works

    Jan van der Ploeg

    New Works

    17 April - May 15, 2021



    John ArmlederSimon BarneyMaria CruzJulie FragarSarah MoscaOlivier MossetJonny NiescheGemma SmithJelena TeleckiOliver WagnerBrendan Van HekJan van der Ploeg

    25 November - December 19, 2020

  • Jan van der Ploeg

    Jan van der Ploeg

    14 April - May 12, 2018

  • little league

    little league

    Matt HinkleyJohn NixonJulie FragarJonny NiescheJohn SpiteriJohn NicholsonKoji RyuiMaria CruzGemma SmithHuseyin SamiTodd McMillanJan van der Ploeg

    19 January - February 4, 2017

  • Jan van der Ploeg

    Jan van der Ploeg

    4 - December 20, 2014

  • 20 200

    20 200

    Hany ArmaniousMatthys GerberJohn NixonMikala DwyerMaria CruzAnne-Marie MayA.D.S. Donaldson & Andreas ExnerSylvie FleuryKerrie PolinessJohn ArmlederOlivier MossetAndreas Reiter RaabeGail HastingsTony SchwensenPaul SaintGerold MillerDiena GeorgettiMelinda HarperRuark LewisJohn SpiteriJan van der PloegJulia GormanJames LynchDavid GriggsElizabeth NewmanRobert PulieSimon BarneyPeter WüthrichTim SilverMary TeagueHuseyin SamiRachel ScottOscar YanezElizabeth PulieStephen BramRose NolanKoji RyuiGemma SmithSimon DennyMatt HinkleyJohn NicholsonChristopher HanrahanJulie FragarJustin TrendallMoya McKennaRon AdamsSandra SeligJamie NorthTodd McMillanJonathan ZawadaJustene Williams

    13 March - April 17, 2014

  • O


    Andreas Reiter RaabeChristopher HanrahanDiena GeorgettiElizabeth PulieHuseyin SamiJan van der PloegJohn NicholsonJohn NixonJonathan ZawadaJulie FragarMatt HinkleyRon Adams

    6 - July 30, 2011

  • Warriors

    Jan van der Ploeg


    23 September - January 31, 2010

  • B & W

    B & W

    Matthys GerberMatt HinkleyChristopher HanrahanSimon DennyJulie FragarHuseyin SamiJustin TrendallOlivier MossetMarco FusinatoReuben KeehanJohn NixonJan van der Ploeg

    11 June - July 10, 2010

  • Jan van der Ploeg

    Jan van der Ploeg

    16 April - May 1, 2010

  • Jan van der Ploeg

    Jan van der Ploeg

    23 November - December 15, 2007

  • Lion


    Paul BaiSimon DennyMatt Fearns Marco FusinatoJulia GormanMatt HinkleyRyan MooreJohn NicholsonRobert PulieKoji RyuiHuseyin SamiGemma SmithJustin TrendallJan van der Ploeg

    25 May - June 30, 2007

  • Ten


    John ArmlederSydney BallMaria CruzJulian DashperA.D.S. DonaldsonMikala DwyerSylvie FleuryDiena GeorgettiMatthys GerberJulia GormanMarco FusinatoAnne-Marie MayOlivier MossetJohn NixonAndreas Reiter RaabeTony SchwensenJan van der PloegJustene WilliamsPeter Wüthrich

    29 November - December 6, 2003

  • Jan van der Ploeg

    Jan van der Ploeg

    2 - May 26, 2001