Fine Art Gallery

Jakke, the artist

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Jakke(1953), West Flemish for Jan, was born on the island of Walcheren, close to the Belgium border, is a doctor in biology and learned to observe and sketch form the animal and plant kingdom during the first years of his biological study. After getting his degree he became a researcher in biochemistry at the Free University of Amsterdam. In the 80s, getting tired of the academic world, he opened a restaurant in his native Middelburg and put his creative ideas into cooking, becoming a well known chef. Getting tired of the Dutch climate and government rulings, he moved to Curacao in the 90s, where he became chef/owner of Landhuis Daniel, a former plantationhouse transformed into a small hotel and restaurant.
Francke, who takes it more easy now, but still functions as a mentor/supervising chef for his young kitchen staff, made another remarkable career switch in 2016 and started to paint and became passionate, if not obsessed, by aquarel painting. In a very short time he mastered a very acceptable level of technique by copying work of his favorites: Alvaro Castagnet, Joseph Zbukvic, John Singer Sargent and Hercule Brabazon. Now the focus of his work is on developing an impressionistic style of painting Curacao scenes: the nature, architecture, people, traditions, but also decay and pollution. Call it urban landscapes of his beloved Curacao.

There is a permanent exposition of his most recent work in the main house of Landhuis Daniel and at Landhuis Klein Santa Martha.

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

coffee break 

 30 x 35 cm

catch of the day curacao 

 35 x 45 cm

after church sunset Santo Domingo 

 30 x 40 cm

waaigat Curacao

 35 x 45 cm

stairs with Landhuis Curacao

35 X 45 cm

trago girl Curaca

30 x 35 cm

Otrabanda around 1920 

 35 x 45 cm

A stroll in the park after Tim Wilmot

 35 x 45 cm

tango after Alvaro Castagnet

30 x 45 cm

Inside the  cathedral 

 25 x 30 cm

statue in Paris 

 20 x 25 cm

praying for the food after Nicolaas Maes 

 20 x 25 cm

Bar with Curacao liquor 

 20 x 30 cm

Italy after John Singer Sargent 

 25 x 35 cm

Italy after John Singer Sargent 

 20 x 30 cm

barscene after Alvaro Castagnet

 20 x 30 cm

Ring riding in Zeeland

20 x 30 cm

my first portrait of Leijn

 25 x 30 cm

Chinese scene 

 20 x 30 cm

tango after Alvaro Castagnet

20 x 30 cm

Bar terrace in Paris 

 25 x 30 cm

after the rain snek in Otrabande 

 20 x 30 cm

Austrian queen

5 x 20 cm

Melbourne after Joseph Zbukvic 

 20 x 25 cm

Bullfight

 25 x 30 cm

Curacao at a glance

35 x 45 cm

dessert village after Hercule Brabazon 

 20 x 30 cm

North Africa after Hercule Brabazon

 20 x 30 cm

Church Otrabande Curacao 

35 x 45 cm

Orient after Hercule Brabazon 

 35 x 45 cm

Shipwreck klein Curacao 

 35 x 45 cm

ship grave yard after Tim Wilmot 

 20 x 30 cm

Amsterdam??

25 x 35 cm

floating market Curacao

 25 x 30 cm

Rainy day in…….. 

 20 x 30 cm

Farmersmarket after Joseph Zbukvic

25 x 30 cm

Scuba Lodge Curacao 

 30 x 40 cm

somewhere in Bretagne 

 20 x 30 cm

birds of paradise 

 35 x 45 cm

floating market curacao 

 50 x 80 cm

pollution and decay curacao

 20 x 30 cm

coffeeshop after Joseph Zbukvic 

 20 x 30 cm

Masai abstract 

 30 x 40 cm

musician in Otrabande Curacao 

 50 x 70 cm

harbour of Veere Zeeland 

 20 x 30 cm

Crazy taxidriver Havana

20 x 30 cm

Venice after Joseph Zbukvic 

 20 x 30 cm

scene from film double play Curacao 

 20 x 30 cm

Horses in the snow after Joseph Zbukvic 

 20 x 25 cm

Polo after Joseph Zbukvic

 20 x 30 cm

Brasserie in Antwerp after Alvaro Castagnet 

 20 x 30 cm

floating market curacao

 25 x 45 cm

In the heat of the kitchen after Joseph Zbukvic 

 20 x 25 cm

Toko Willibrordus Curacao 

 35 x 45 cm

porch of Landhuis Ascension Curacao 

30 x 40 cm

Live music at Gouverneur Curacao 

 30 x 40 cm

Playing dominoos at Punda snek Curacao

 30 x 40 cm

Hoogstraat Otrabanda with Isla in the back 

 35 x 45 cm

forlorn glory Scharloo Curacao 

 20 x 30 cm

South France after Alvaro Castagnet

 20 x 30 cm

Big mama Curacao

 30 x 40 cm

singing the blues after Alvaro Castagnet 

 30 x 40 cm

fighting cock Dominican Republic

 20 x 30 cm

older Dominican couple with fighting cock

 40 x 40 cm

street in punda with color palette 

 35 x 55 cm

Four fishes abstract 

 20 x 30 cm

smoking a cigar in havana 

 20 x 25 cm

barbershop 

 20 x 30 cm

Café in Havana 

 30 x 35 cm

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