The Creative Biography

This biography of a "modest polderboy", as Meindert Jan van Wijk calls himself, is one of the most definitive and complete descriptions of human life in the Christian era. It produces the truly fantastic effect of a fairy tale that we heard in childhood appearing to become truth in today's reality.

For more than fifteen years Meindert Jan lived a proud, lonely existence on the newly built polder Flaveland in Holland. This man, an invalid, was always openly facing his fate. He selflessly undertook the production of Gobelins, a process that takes years and developed an absolutely new Embroidery system, which made it possible to avoid the slanting of Gobelins. The creative work of Meindert Jan possesses the spontaneity of children's art while simultaneously remaining up to date with the contemporary works of youth.

The spirit of this wonderful man is such that he never gives up in the face of trouble. He shows us a perfect example of the disarming will to experience life and love. Coming through the fire, water and copper tubes, as we say in Russian, he created his fate lines himself. Possessing a mentality of aristocratic origin. Meindert Jan had enough confidence in his predestination to allow him to serve his highest ideals, never betraying them. His slogan could only be that "whomever is true to himself can become the person whom he truthfully desires to be".

This master calls his works "my creative children". "Children", in the evangelistic meaning, is taken to mean that, through them God's Kingdom can be opened. The subject of his Gobelins seems to be fantastic and out of this world while at the same time being "children of the universe". The majority of his canvases depict the cosmos, where the signs of the macrocosm reflect the microcosm inside. Meindert Jan speaks as does a mystic and possesses the courage of a genuine knight.

The yellow and red planets exist together with the space ships, stars and galactic abstractions of cosmic life against a black background of these puzzling Gobelins. The universe turns into a fairy space, wherein dragons and centaurs can be met. These inspired visions, given clearly and intelligibly, are as convincing as the dreams of Alice in Wonderland. Meindert Jan's images are full of fiery expression and in every fragment of his works they live by their own bizarre and extraordinary rules of life.

The style of the masterpieces can be judged as naive art. The bright colors of the Gobelins are so different from the faded pastel tapestries of the XVII century. The outstanding painter of the Jugend style Morise Denise was admiring and imitating these tapestries, never imaging they could have such an expressionistic reinterpretation in future.

Equally one can see the difference in "ideology" between Meindert Jan and that of the symbolism at the end of the XX-th century. The spontaneity and persuasive force of self-expression are the major treats of his canvases. Due to this spontaneity and self-expression the "dangerous" aspects for a piece of art, such as the elements of pop art, do not obtain the shadow of vulgarity. His creative work can be accepted or not (we don't speak "to love or not" because the love is the foundation of his creativity) but will definitely produce psychological effects on every viewer. This can be continued by the fact that each masterpiece, and there were more than a hundred in recent years, was highly valued by the art brokers from Holland.

Meindert Jan breathed new life into an ancient art, filling it with energy capable of surmounting gigantic spaces. Using his enormous mass of life experience, he gave his art the burning flame of his soul expressed in hot and contrasted colors. Meindert Jan is one of the few men devoted to art that possesses a true gift of God. He was not an artist for the sake of earning a living but rather as a life mission.

Art critic Vladimir V. Frolov