Jacob van der Beugel’s work varies in scale from large site-specific ceramic installations to smaller Still Life arrangements.
In more recent work, Jacob’s preoccupation has lain with interpreting man’s attempts to rationalise the abstract: such as sounds in music scores, human identity in DNA samples and even the turmoil of the FTSE 100 during the financial crisis of 2008. Jacob’s output re humanises these abstractions in an endeavour to depict the human condition. This has led to a highly original diversification of techniques and approaches, resulting in a very distinctive output.
The work is meticulously made by hand, embracing the notion that in order to extract meaning from one’s art one needs to employ exceptional levels of effort. Clay has an extraordinary ability to capture human traces and endeavours in its conversion from the soft everyday and ordinary material to the hard and frozen sculpted object.
Jacob’s work is collected internationally and held in numerous private collections.
Electric fired mixture of black earthenware and white stoneware, as well as deep red stoneware clay. The work is refined functional tableware and exhibition installation pieces. An austere aesthetic is usually adopted for the work.
Galleries with work available:
The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh.
Blackwell Arts and Crafts House, Windermere.
Joanna Bird, London.
Ruth Coram, London.
1978 Born in London 29/09/78
1997-2001 History of Art, University of York
2001-2002 Apprenticeship with Rupert Spira, Shropshire, UK.
2003-2004 Assistant to Edmund de Waal, London, UK.
2004-2008 Studio, Cumbria, UK.
2010-present Studio, Devon, UK.
2009 Shortlisted for British Ceramics Biennial 2009 Award
2008 Crafts Magazine Winner, Origin London.
2007 Arts Council, Development Grant for Installation work.
2006 Arts Council, Research and Professional Development Grant
2006 Grand Designs Best in show award. Origin. London.
2005 Crafts Council Development Award.
2005 Winner of Elle Decoration Future Classic Award 2005
2004 Finalist in British Crafts in Japan Award.
2004 Finalist in Design for Scandinavia Award.
2011-2014 North Sketch Sequence, Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, UK.
2013 Good Year Bad Year, Private, Nice, France.
2010 Barley House Installation, Private, Suffolk, UK.
2010 Ashes Commission with Freddie Yauner.
View a Commission "The Barley House Commission, 2010"
The North Sketch Sequence was conceived as an all encompassing ceramic experience. The DNA of The Duke and Duchess and their son and daughter-in-law, Lord and Lady Burlington, has been translated into 650 large ceramic panels. Protruding ceramic blocks, organised into four columns, G A T C, represent the mitochondrial DNA of all four sitters. A fifth central portrait has been created that depicts ‘Everyman’. This contains miniature mirrors that reflect the faces of the viewing public, emphasising the importance of visitors to Chatsworth in a more democratic era.
The installation is an exploration of human identity, inheritance and ultimately an illustration of the human condition. The genetic understanding of oneself is tackled through themes of communality and uniqueness. Historically, inheritance at Chatsworth has been associated through the paternal line. Mitochondrial DNA is passed on through the maternal line, thus providing an interesting counterpoint, especially in light of contemporary succession laws.
The work consists of multifarious layers of meaning, suggesting the multi dimensional nature of someone’s identity. Despite all these attempts to capture a sitter’s personality there are elements of impenetrability: DNA blocks that are flush, their meaning hiding behind the surface; glazed blocks that ethereally capture other illusive traits of the sitter’s personality, yet are reluctant to divulge their significance. As a portrait the work renders human identity as layers of unfathomable complexity.
The North Sketch Sequence, 2014 at Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, UK
Stoneware clay and Hand mirrored glass
Photography by Sylvain Deleu
2011 Collect, CAA, Saatchi Gallery, London
2011 Ethereal Planes, CAA, London
2010 Sofa New York, Joanna Bird.
2010 Collect, CAA, Saatchi Gallery.
2009 Awards Exhibition, British Ceramics Biennale, Stoke-on-Trent.
2009 Flow 10th anniversary, selected by Sarah Griffin.
2009 Collect, CAA, Saatchi Gallery, London.
2008 Solo Focus Show, Still Alive, Installations, CAA.
2008 Solo Show, Toast, Bath.
2008 Browse and Darby, Joanna Bird.
2007 Collect, Joanna Bird, V and A Museum.
2007 Origin, Somerset House, London
2006 Sofa Chicago, Joanna Bird, Chicago.
2006 UKTI Research trip to Japan.
2005 Blackwell Arts and Crafts House, Cumbria, with Edmund de Waal.
2004 Gallerie Besson: Summer Exhibition, London.
V and A Museum, London.
Devonshire Collection, Chatsworth House