Where history, nature,

hospitality, art and gastronomy

come together !




Art Gallery

Landhuis Daniel

where history, nature, hospitality, art and

gastronomy come together


“....the greatest art of all arts is living life....! “ Berthold Brecht

Jakke, west flemish for Jan, learned to observe and sketch from the natural world during the first years of his study biology. After his graduation he spent several years searching the structures in our biological existence at the Free University of Amsterdam.

Getting tired of the academic world, he opened a restaurant in his native Middelburg in the mid eighty’s. Exploring the world of creating excellent dishes of food, feeling unhappy in an over organized rational society he decided to move to Curacao, where he found the free caribbean style of living life. In 1997, he became chef-owner of restaurant and guesthouse Landhuis Daniel, one of the oldest historical plantation houses of Curacao.


Jakke, who still functions as a mentor for his young kitchen staff, made another career switch in 2018 and is now on the road to study and find freedom in brushing with -aquarel- paint. The focus of his work is on developing an impressionistic style of painting of his beloved Curacao: the nature, architecture, people, traditions, but also decay, poverty and pollution.

“In the scenes, I am always searching for a sense of place and environment, painting the light, natural beauty, but also isolation, decay and pollution, basically the poverty which is apparent on the fringes of modern Curacao” Jakke explains.


There is a permanent exposition of his most recent work in the main house of Landhuis Daniel. More work is to be seen at Landhuis Klein Santa Martha, Gallery Alma Blou at Landhuis Habaai and Art Foundation Curacao in Punda

If you are interested in one or more of his paintings just email us with your questions and Jakke will be happy to assist you






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