Since 1987 Jan Vanriet has designed theatre decors, for example, for Raamtheater, Geletterde Mensen and the international tournees of Behoud de Begeerte in Madrid, Barcelona, London, Amsterdam and Aix-en-Provence, for VRT (Flemish Television) and KVS-Brussels. He was commissioned by newspaper De Morgen to illustrate a novel by Hugo Claus, and the latter wrote poems for ten of Vanriet’s etchings, pubished in the book De aap in Efese. Publishers in the Netherlands and France ( Balland, Le Seuil) illustrate the covers of their novels with his work.

He designs posters, such as for the Flemish Boekenbeurs 1999 (VBVB). From December 2000 on drawings in ZENO [De Morgen]
Vanriet made a mural for the De Brouckère metro station in Brussels : two walls, panels on metal around 210 metres long.
In 2001, he received the Van Acker Prijs (as did Hugo Claus, Frans Masereel, Roger Raveel). At this occasion the book De reiziger is blind was published by Uitgeverij De Geus, Breda.

Since September 2003 he starts up his column EenOog in Weekend Knack.

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