I met Stan when I was taking photographs in Kumasi. Stan earns his living from selling paintings to tourists. I noticed how well he could paint, almost photographic so precise, but I also noticed that he and the other street artists all painted kind of the same works. Everything has the same subject matter (mostly women with jugs balanced on their heads or villages) and everything done in the typical African colors.
One day Stan asked me if my gallery (Galerie Ron Mandos) could also sell his work. I found it difficult to explain that in the Netherlands to get with a gallery you need to make such unique work that nobody has seen it before, whilst in Ghana you have to make exactly that what Western tourists expect you to make.
Once back in the Netherlands I realized what we should do. I as it happens I cannot paint, but ideas I have too many. There are a lot of photo’s I would like to have taken, but we’re impossible to succeed. In paintings you can bring the models from my photo’s in situations one step further then reality. I realised that he with his talent for painting and I would make the perfect collaborative duo. A duo where head and hands are divided between two people in two different parts of the world, but where they have the same importance
Till the 5th of january 2015 the Stan/Jan-show will be presented at De Balie in Amsterdam.
Read here an article on The Stan/Jan-show at Kunstbeeld (dutch)
Stan and his crew