Mesmerizing and Haunting: The Surreal and Stunning Artwork of Jaco Putker
Jaco Putker is a contemporary artist and printmaker from The Hague, The Netherlands. He combines digital and traditional techniques to produce images which are both playful and sinister, nostalgic and magical. His preferred medium is photopolymer, or solar plate, etching. This technique is a non-toxic way of etching which allow for photorealistic depictions.
Rather than impose a meaning to his work, Putker invites the viewers to associate freely and give his etchings personal significance through individual perceptions and filters. He considers his works to be illustrations to fables which don’t exist, but hopefully take shape in the beholders’ minds.
Putker has won several awards and has exhibited his pictures across the world from Tokyo to Chicago, China to Britain. He claims there is no one influence on his work other than his abiding interest in “Nature and in how nature works, in its perfection and self-reliance and its power of rejuvenation and destruction. In how it has a profound effect on not just me, but on virtually every human being.”