“Because for me everything begins with something else.”

Jack Engelbrecht's artistic identity is constantly changing. "My art has to do with the copying of existing work and people," he says, and every time he chooses to do so with the greatest precision in choosing the fitting medium, a form in which he discloses an extremely intense empathy. Jack thus relates to others, or to the other. The jury was unanimous in its opinion that the intensity with which he crawls into the skin of others such as Gregory House from House M.D., or DCI Barnaby from Midsomer Murders, is fascinating. Rising above the anecdotal character of those characters themselves, questions about originality and reproduction unfold. Perhaps the term "reproduction" is not really the right word in this. We may have to talk about "reinterpretation”.

 

Jack crawls in the clothes, in the skin, in the thoughts, of his constantly changing examples. He devours and consumes them. Jack examines the body and soul of a figure with almost frightening precision and intensity. He considers it a content and he appropriates it to an extreme degree every time.