Jean Paul Beumer (1968), currently living and working in Biervliet (The Netherlands), studied graphic design and graduated from the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague in 1994. Working as a graphic designer for decades, Beumer became a part-time artist in 2015, with the primary goal of creating aesthetic images that erase the inner frustration and confrontation with “compromises”, “moderation” and “mediocrity”. He is fascinated with (decaying) nature, philosophy and the human psyche.
Beumer draws with colour pencil on drawing paper, monumentally large, because it gives him the most control over what he is doing and what he wants to achieve. The subject is a realistic registration of its existence, a document. It is self-contained and out of context. All surrounding imagery is deleted, the focus is only on the subject.
Beumer was shortlisted for the 2018 Derwent Art Prize (group show at Mall Galleries in London, UK) and winner of the Belgian-Dutch 2017 Drawing of the Year competition (group show at CODA Museum in Apeldoorn, The Netherlands).