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Jacques Tange knew from an early age that he wanted to become an artist. He briefly attended the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam, but did not complete it. After this he followed and completed a course at the Vrije Academie in The Hague. From the late 1980s onwards he was mainly inspired by medieval book illumination. The bright colors and use of perspective particularly appeal to Tange, as does the 'naive' way in which the stories are told. Just like in these stories, Jacques Tange likes to mislead his audience. His images often have deeper meanings that do not reveal themselves immediately and often a wink that puts things into perspective. His works often have a psychological charge and are a reflection of our society. Recurring themes in Jacques Tange's work are the relationships between men and women, care for mother earth and each other. Inspiration shapes life and love in the broadest sense of the word. Jacques Tange's style is characterized by bright use of color, which sketches a special world. The painter creates a recognizable image with simple means and an almost naive painting style. Pastel drawings and oil paintings form the majority of his oeuvre. He also makes screen prints with often more than 25 printing passes, in very limited editions. He also makes pottery, bags, furniture and publishes poems with his own illustrations. Jacques Tange's work can be found in leading galleries and collections and he has been exhibiting regularly at home and abroad for decades. Since the early 1990s, his works of art have found their way into private and public collections. Jacques Tange was voted Promising Artist in 2003 and Artist of the Year in 2005.