Artwork and sketches and from around the world
"I make a lot of preliminary work - both in Denmark and in foreign countries -
and make the final paintings in my studio."
Oil on canvas mostly from Sri Lanka, Thailand, India, The Philippines and North Africa :
The beautiful KAREN People in North Thailand
Some of my Sri Lanka oil-paintings :
My model, Dee Namwong, in Thailand
Sri Lanka oil pantings :
A small part of my series of impressions from different places in the world :
My Sri Lanka sketches for paintings:
Over 17 years he made sketches and preliminary works in Sri Lanka,
and the above drawings are from that beautiful - but plagued - country.
Sri Lanka is like a Paradise, and he hopes, that peace soon will grow there.
These are a few from India :
A few of my many oil-paintings from North Africa :
Nis Jessen's sketches from 'Intertribal Tribal Indian Society' in Seattle
Nis Jessen is an impressionistic painter and and illustrator.
He has been working with his paintings and sketches in many parts of the world
– in South America, USA, and Africa but mostly in Asia and in small villages,
in Thailand's refugee-camps along the border to Cambodia - and among poor people in slum districts and streetchildren.
Nis Jessen is NOT a "modern" artist - he is an artist with deep roots in his craft, and he will not accept most of the socalled 'Modern Art'.
"In my opinion it is a great mistake to mix the word 'modern' with the word 'art'
- art must be timeless, and NOT after a very short while oldfashioned, too much 'art' is in
our time like cerebral haemorrage !"
Nis Jessen was painting in
Khao-I-Dang Refugee Camp in Thailand
Situated on the sparsely wooded plains in eastern Thailand a few miles from the Cambodian border, the huge compound of bamboo and thatch houses was opened on November 21, 1979 after the fall of the Khmer Rouge. Following the establishment of an emergency camp for refugees at Sa Kaeo, the Thai Ministry of the Interior authorized Mark Malloch Brown of the UNHCR to build a second camp at the foot of Khao-I-Dang Mountain.
According to Martin Barber, Chief of UNHCR’s Kampuchean Unit, “The site, covering an area of 2.3 square kilometers on a gently sloping hill, had good drainage. It opened...after just four days of preparatory work spent in establishing the overall design of the camp and developing the basic infrastructure (roads, water tanks, and latrines) of the first “chunk”. The camp was divided into sections of 10,000-12,000 people. Each section had space allocated for reasonable housing and for necessary services including supplementary feeding.
In October 1979 Thai Prime Minister Kriangsak Chomanan enacted an "open door" policy which permitted Cambodian refugees to cross the border safely and to reside in specific locations.
Khao-I-Dang (known to aid agencies as KID) was intended to serve as a temporary holding center for refugees who would either be repatriated to Cambodia or expatriated to third countries. On the first day 4,800 people arrived and by December 31 there were 84,800. Between November 1979 and the end of January 1980 an average of 1,600 refugees arrived in the camp each day. Thailand's open door policy was abruptly ended on January 24 1980 and KID was "closed" to new arrivals.
Originally planned to hold 300,000 refugees, the population eventually reached 160,000 in March 1980. Later, as KID became the main holding center for refugees awaiting third country visas, illegal entry to the camp became highly sought after by refugees desperate to escape from Cambodia, and smuggling, theft and violence spiraled out of control. In July and August of 1980 UNHCR began transferring large numbers of refugees out of KID to Phanat Nikhom, Sa Kaeo II, Mairut, and Kap Choeng. By December of 1982 the population had dropped to 40,134as refugees were forcibly repatriated, sent to third countries, or sent back to the border camps.
Nis Jessen with the MEO-people in North Thailand
Nis Jessen working in North Africa
... and with one of his model-families in Sri Lanka :
Oil on canvas :
(from Sri Lanka)
He loves horses, and they are often inspirations for his western-paintings :
Ali Baba Amurath II :
(Genealogical table back to 1816)
Nis Jessen's own private Shagya-Arab saddle horse in Denmark
"I grew to old for my intelligent and fantastic horse,
and I used a lot of time for him with an America Indian 'natural horsemanship's training,
and after that, I sold him to good Shagya-Arab people in Sweden - the wellknown horseman, Kjell Jormfeldt .
The first image shows him as he was still mine - and the next shows
him during a horse-show in Sweden, where he was qualified as number two in breeding.
The third image is my private oil painting of him."
(The Shagya is a breed that was founded in the Austrian-Hungarian empire at the end of the 18th Century, as the Empress, Maria-Theresia requested the breeding of horses to the military officers to be greatly improved. (The total number of registered Shagyas throughout the world is today around 2,000.) Through a number of declaration by the Empress, the Stud farms Babolna (1789) and Radautz (1792) among others, formed the basis of the breeding program. The goal was to produce hard, willing and enduring horses for the cavalry as well as stallions to improve the private breeding programs throughout the countries.
The founding mares were basically mares transferred from the Stud farm Mezöhegyes, partly local mares carrying a small touch of Arabian blood from their ancestors, imported during the time of the Arabian Invasion (till 1683, when the Osmannians were stopped at Vienna), and partly more recent imported mares originating from other European countries, such as Lippizanes, Spanish horses, Frederiksborgers, Hannoveranians, Oldenburgers and English Thoroughbreds. Later, the breeding stock was improved by the addition of imported, so-called desert bred (db) purebred Arabian mares.)