Artist biography

Jan Groth born 1938

Norwegian-Danish draughtsman, and designer and weaver of tapestries. Born in Stavanger, Norway. Studied painting in Denmark 1956-9 and settled there. At first worked as a draughtsman in a figurative style and as a painter in a totally non-figurative idiom, his paintings from about 1959 including organic forms, painted in dark, earthy colours and often on a large scale. Became interested in designing and weaving tapestries through contact with the tapestry studio de Uil in Amsterdam in 1960 and through collaboration with his wife Benedikte Groth, who was trained at Aubusson. Gradually gave up painting. Developed a tapestry style based on the interplay of black and white lines; his encounter with contemporary American art in New York in 1970 led him to design tapestries on a more monumental scale and to make drawings of a still greater simplicity. His first major one-man exhibition of both tapestries and drawings at the Betty Parsons Gallery, New York, 1972. Has been commissioned to make tapestries for public buildings in Holland and Denmark. Lives at Braade in Denmark.

Published in:
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, pp.342-3