Sunday, May 27, 2018

Jan van der Does

In the year 1976, I met Jan van der Does in my studio. He had a request to me if I wanted to paint his new home in Delft. Jan showed me a sheet of toilet paper in elephant gray. “Is it possible for you to paint my house from this color Dolf?” “Yes I said, but Jan, only with the best paint products, I will do it!” I made a gray scale with sixty different shades. A week later I went to Delft to make a calculation and show Jan the tint scheme. I went to work, and heard from Nancy his wife that Jan was a specialist in decor design. After three months the work was finished. An decor! Jan was already at work at TU Delft. Many people who know Jan talks about his work in Hilversum but you hear little about his work at TU Delft. In my current job I often have to deal with architects, many of them knows Jan. They were happy that they had lessons from Jan. Jan was a proponent of hand drawing for architects. Today the computer is a great acquisition for the upcoming architect, but Jan also believed in solid handwork. Looking at perspective in combination with the use of your hand was very important for him! Of course Jan developed himself. The last time I saw him, he was working on an Apple computer for a project. I thought and I thought it for a long time, he was cool! LINK beeldengeluid LINK delta TU Delft

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