Studio Job, a ground-breaking art and design studio based in the Netherlands, is an international leader in contemporary art and sculpture. Led by artist Job Smeets (b.1969) a pioneer of modern conceptual and sculptural art and design, he founded Studio Job in 1998 in the renaissance spirit combining traditional and modern techniques to produce once-in-a-lifetime objects. Smeets leads a team of over 25 highly talented craftspeople to produce art pieces, sculptures and works in the atelier in the Netherlands. The studio works across art, interiors and design with a vast range of high-profile clients, galleries, and collaborators.
In the Studio Job atelier a vast range of crafts are practiced, traditional craftspeople such as sculptors and specialists in casting bronze and making stained-glass windows and hand painting, work alongside experts adept in using lasers and 3D printing. Technique, science, design and art come together in their work as examples of what can be described as Gesamtkunstwerk - a total art work or an all-embracing art form.
Job Smeets is internationally recognised as a pioneer of contemporary conceptual and sculptural art and design. His work ranges from; bronze artwork in the Metropolitan Museum, New York, to the national stamp of the Netherlands featuring the Dutch King (forty million pieces produced); the unique life-size bronze sculptures on Miami Beach, to the one-off Wunderkammer produced for Swarovski in Innsbruck, Austria; as well as over 500 products and many ground-breaking interiors. This year alone the studio created three large scale public sculptures and a monumental sculptural show in New York.
All Smeets’s projects are distinguished by a love of detail, freedom of expression, and functional art. With over 400 exhibitions and solo shows worldwide including the Venice Bienniale and the Rijksmuseum, Studio Job’s work can be found in the world’s most important museums as well as the private collections of many renowned figures. The iconic, heraldic and sometimes darkly humorous sculptures are prized by collectors. Proclaimed one of the most influential artists by the Financial Times, Smeets is passionate about building up an oeuvre that is becoming both increasingly extravagant in its details, and personal.
Studio Job works across many areas including art, design, fashion, architecture and interiors having worked with a vast range of high-profile clients including sculptures for Gufram, Barneys and Land Rover, set design for Viktor & Rolf, Mika and Hermes, and product collections for many brands such as Swatch, Alessi, Moooi and Pepsi to name a few. Studio Job were asked by King Alexander of The Netherlands in 2013 to re-design their national stamp, an honour bestowed to very few people throughout history. Studio Job’s stamp and could be considered to be the most replicated Dutch artwork in history. In 2017 Studio Job teamed up with Italian manufacturer Seletti to form the joint brand BLOW creating products derived from their art work as a democratic way of making art available to all. Job Smeets is consistently ranked as one of the world’s most influential players within art and design. His highly collectable work creates a bridge between object and sculpture by merging functional art with ground-breaking concepts.
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