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Old or new, prepared to traditional methods but modern, José den Hartog embraces centuries past and present

at the same time with her amazing view on the pride of Holland : the decorated wall tile


José den Hartog's tiles and tableaux are unique as each one of them is handpainted.

Her  works draw from old fashioned handmade dutch tiles (so called “witjes”) or the more common sized Mosa tiles, and is based on a wide range of sources from 16th century prints to todays contemporary photography. Figurative animals and plants are combined with abstract patterns and which translate classical imagery into contemporary art.  The site- specific response is key to the work, den Hartog speciality is to find tailormade solutions each locations. For example den Hartog produced a series of tileworks for the Yunus Emre primary school in the Hague, she has made designs for an islamic pattern based garden house, and has completed several private commissions including  a mural based on old dutch corner motifs in the oldest studenthouse of Leiden.


During her study at the Royal Art Academy, the Hague José den Hartog specialised in painting drawing and graphical techniques. She is a self taught ceramist who enjoys exploring and experimenting with the beauty and many possibilities of majolica and underglaze techniques. Her current practise combines these two passions; drawing and ceramics.


José den Hartog worked a.o. with Chris Kabel in the European Ceramic Working Center on the Coralvase - bought by the Musee d’Art Contemporain, Rochechouart (F) and to see and to buy at Toolsgalerie, Paris (F) Galerie Vivid, Rotterdam (NL) and Haasnoot design studio, Wassenaar (NL)

José den Hartog's work has been in many group shows both national and international,

it is in several private collections and printed books