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Folkert de Jong is best known for his theatrical, narrative tableaux that address themes of war, greed and power. “When I watch the news or follow the world by the media,” de Jong stated in conversation with critic Steven Cox in 2013, “I can’t believe what I am hearing and seeing, it seems like a déjà vu, something is repeating itself.” A sense of tragedy and absurdity, a comically desperate psychological state, permeates his work, particularly through the sculptural material for which de Jong became known: industrial Styrofoam and Polyurethane insulation foams. Harsh and rough with heightened expressive power in material and theme, de Jong’s figures embody a grotesque horror and macabre humor reminiscent of the work of the 20th century European artists Georges Grosz and James Ensor. As critic Gregory Volk has remarked, de Jong’s sculptures “communicate a range of emotions, or really complex states of being; stalwart purpose, mania, fanaticism, humor, malevolence, sadness, delusion, introspection, and even tenderness occur simultaneously. You surmise, and the title certainly tips you off, that there is something sinister and dangerous about this goofy parade, but then again you can’t dismiss these figures as mere symbols; they are too psychologically complex, too close to the bone.”

De Jong began working in bronze in 2012, and made his formal full debut in the medium for the solo exhibition Amabilis Insania: The Pleasing Delusion at the Middelheim Museum, Antwerp, in 2013-14. The addition of bronze to de Jong’s sculptural language represents an engagement with mortality, monumentality and world history that is more nuanced and less visceral than the use of modern synthetic compounds that defined the first 15 years of the artist’s practice.

Folkert de Jong (b. 1972, Egmond aan Zee, The Netherlands) studied at the Academy for Visual Arts and the Rijksakademie for Visual Arts (Amsterdam). He was awarded the Prix de Rome for Sculpture in 2003 and was featured in The Busan Biennale (2016), The First Kiev International Biennale of Contemporary Art (Ukraine, 2013), the Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art (Scotland, 2012), The 17th Biennale of Sydney (Australia, 2010) and in Athens Biennial (Greece, 2007). de Jong has had numerous gallery solo exhibition in New York, Milan, Amsterdam, UK, Spain, Mexico City and more. Museum shows includes Hepworth Wakefield (2014, Wakefield, UK), Musée d’Evreux (2014, Evreux, France), Middelheim Museum (2013, Antwerp, Belgium), Un Vie d’Illusions, Musée d’art Contemporain (2013, Rocheouart, France), MUDAM Museum (2013, Luxembourg), Portland Art Museum (2013, Portland, Oregon), Groninger Museum (2009, Groningen, The Netherlands). Folkert de Jong is represented by Luis Adelantado Gallery, Valencia, Spain and Mexico City; Fons Welters Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Chez Valentin, Paris; DENK, LA, US; Louise Alexander, Sardinia, Italy; and MARC STRAUS, New York, US.

Videos:
Hollandse Meester: Folkert de Jong
Folkert de Jong in Middelheim Museum
Artist Talk: Folkert de Jong at Mudam Luxembourg

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Selected Works
2018 -  Marc Straus Gallery
Installation of Las Chicas De Aviñón

2018

2017
Pigmented polyurethane, dentist's chair, metal screws -  Marc Straus Gallery
Pieta

2017
Pigmented polyurethane, dentist's chair, metal screws

2014
Acrylic glass, pigmented polyurethane foam, metal, wood, plastic, spray paint
98.4 x 27.5 x 27.5 in (250 x 70 x 70cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
The Knights Move

2014
Acrylic glass, pigmented polyurethane foam, metal, wood, plastic, spray paint
98.4 x 27.5 x 27.5 in (250 x 70 x 70cm)

2014
Acrylic glass, pigmented polyurethane foam, Styrofoam, spray can, metal, paint brush, wood, plastic, spray paint
82.6 x 70.8 x 47 in (210 x 180 x 120 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
The Eye of Jupiter

2014
Acrylic glass, pigmented polyurethane foam, Styrofoam, spray can, metal, paint brush, wood, plastic, spray paint
82.6 x 70.8 x 47 in (210 x 180 x 120 cm)

2015
Polyurethane, spray paint, plywood, powder coated metal
55 x 39.4 x 33.5 in (140 x 100 x 85cm)
 -  Marc Straus Gallery
Night Portal 3

2015
Polyurethane, spray paint, plywood, powder coated metal
55 x 39.4 x 33.5 in (140 x 100 x 85cm)

2014
Patinated Bronze
82.6 x 35.4 x 25.6 in (210 x 90 x 65cm)
 -  Marc Straus Gallery
From Stately Throne

2014
Patinated Bronze
82.6 x 35.4 x 25.6 in (210 x 90 x 65cm)

2013
Styrofoam, pigmented polyurethane foam, spray paint, rope, metal hanging hardware Dimensions variable -  Marc Straus Gallery
Actus Tragicus

2013
Styrofoam, pigmented polyurethane foam, spray paint, rope, metal hanging hardware Dimensions variable

2004
Styrofoam, polyurethane foam, silicone rubber
67 x 39.4 x 39.4 in (170 x 100 x 100cm)
 -  Marc Straus Gallery
Folkert de Jong, Dust

2004
Styrofoam, polyurethane foam, silicone rubber
67 x 39.4 x 39.4 in (170 x 100 x 100cm)

2008
Styrofoam, Pigmented polyurethane foam 
Dimensions variable -  Marc Straus Gallery
Business As Usual (Early Years)

2008
Styrofoam, Pigmented polyurethane foam
Dimensions variable

2008
Pigmented polyurethane, Styrofoam, Wood
118 x 39 x 39 in (300 x 100 x 100cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Business As Usual (The Tower)

2008
Pigmented polyurethane, Styrofoam, Wood
118 x 39 x 39 in (300 x 100 x 100cm)

2007
Styrofoam, pigmented polyurethane foam
Various sizes -  Marc Straus Gallery
Les Saltimbanques

2007
Styrofoam, pigmented polyurethane foam
Various sizes

2007
Styrofoam, pigmented polyurethane foam
86.6 x 98.4 x 59 in (220 x 250 x 150cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Human Pyramid (The Joker)

2007
Styrofoam, pigmented polyurethane foam
86.6 x 98.4 x 59 in (220 x 250 x 150cm)

2008
Styrofoam, pigmented polyurethane foam, customized Euro pallet
63.7 x 31.5 x 33.5 in (162 x 80 x 85cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
The Practice Take-2

2008
Styrofoam, pigmented polyurethane foam, customized Euro pallet
63.7 x 31.5 x 33.5 in (162 x 80 x 85cm)

2011 -  Marc Straus Gallery
Installation view of the "The Man from Delft" exhibition

2011

2008
Styrofoam, pigmented polyurethane foam, pearls
133 7/8 x 275 5/8 x 90 1/2 in (340 x 700 x 230 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Operation Harmony

2008
Styrofoam, pigmented polyurethane foam, pearls
133 7/8 x 275 5/8 x 90 1/2 in (340 x 700 x 230 cm)

2010
Styrofoam, pigmented polyurethane foam
Dimensions variable, Approx. 92.5 x 275.6 x 137.8 in (235 x 700 x 350cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
The Balance #1

2010
Styrofoam, pigmented polyurethane foam
Dimensions variable, Approx. 92.5 x 275.6 x 137.8 in (235 x 700 x 350cm)

2006
Styrofoam, polyurethane foam
98.4 x 787.4 x 315 in (250 x 2000 x 800cm)
Exhibited Poetry Summer Watou 2006 -  Marc Straus Gallery
The Shooting... At Watou

2006
Styrofoam, polyurethane foam
98.4 x 787.4 x 315 in (250 x 2000 x 800cm)
Exhibited Poetry Summer Watou 2006

2008
Styrofoam, pigmented polyurethane foam
Variable dimensions, Approximate: 315 x 315 x 118 in (800 x 800 x 300 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Seht der Mensch, The Shooting Lesson

2008
Styrofoam, pigmented polyurethane foam
Variable dimensions, Approximate: 315 x 315 x 118 in (800 x 800 x 300 cm)

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