Graduates of the renowned Design Academy Eindhoven, The Netherlands, Job Smeets (b.1970, Belgium) and Nynke Tynagel (b. 1977, The Netherlands), who both live as well as work together, form Studio Job. Having met in Eindhoven - she beginning her studies in graphic design and he having just graduated in three-dimensional design – Mr. Smeets proceeded to open Studio Job in Antwerp, joined by Ms. Tynagel following her graduation.
From the beginning, their collaboration resulted in highly expressive, usually one-off or limited-edition works, often sculpt in bronze or, casted in ceramics or finely constructed in marquetry. Employing iconographic, pan-historic imagery which can be in the same moment both heraldic as well as cartoon-like, the results are consistently monumental and yet somehow primitive, and generally read neo-renaissance, clearly fantasist, and certainly more mannerist than modernist. Projecting a strong narrative quality, suggesting often a heroic battle between good and evil, their gorgeous collections seem born more from a medieval, guild-like process than an industrial approach.
Selected gallerys have collaborated with Studio Job on several major collections and exhibitions worldwide, including solo exhibitions in New York, Tokyo, Los Angeles, Paris, London, Milan, Geneva, Miami and Basel. Although, by definition, their work has primarily been geared to collectors and museums, Studio Job has collaborated successfully with various like-minded publishers, including Bulgari, Swarovski, Bisazza, Venini, Royal Tichelaar Makkum and Moooi. Their work has been exibited collected by numerous museums, including MOMA, Victoria & Albert Museum, FIAC, Cooper-Hewitt, Guggenheim, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, ING art foundation, Wallraf-Richartz-Museum, NRW Forum, Z33 and several mayor Dutch museums incl. Groninger Museum, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and Zuiderzee Museum.
Recently Nynke and Job opened their own curatorial exhibition space for contemporary art and design based in Antwerp. At Studio Job Gallery their own work and also that of other designers and artists is shown. At the end of 2010 an important monogram titled ?Book of Job? will be launched by the Italian/ American publishing house Rizzoli.
Carpets designed by Studio Job