Folkert de Jong

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Folkert de Jong
Born 1972
Egmond aan Zee, Netherlands
Nationality Netherlands Dutch
Known for Sculpture, Installation
Awards Prix de Rome (Netherlands) (2003)

Folkert de Jong (born 1972) is an artist based in Amsterdam.

De Jong was born in Egmond aan Zee in the Netherlands. He makes large-scale sculpture and installation.[1] De Jong’s installations are life-size representations of disturbing scenes including human figures and props formed from materials such as polyurethane and Styrofoam;[2] his work often references the uncanny and takes influence from the aesthetics horror and the history of conflict, war and politics.[3]

Folkert de Jong is represented by the James Cohan Gallery, New York/Shanghai, Luis Adelantado Gallery, Valencia/Mexico, Fons Welters Gallery, Amsterdam/Netherlands, André Simoens Gallery, Knokke/Belgium, Brand New Gallery, Milan/Italy, galerie dukan hourdequin, Paris/France and Saatchi Gallery, London/UK.


Solo exhibitions (selection)[edit]


  • The Immortals,[4] Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art, Mackintosh Museum, The Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow and galerie dukan hourdequin, Paris


  • Operation Harmony,[5] James Cohan Gallery, New York



  • Les Saltimbanques, James Cohan Gallery, New York


  • Golden Dawn, Peres Projects, Los Angeles


  • Prix de Rome/Life's Illusions

Group exhibitions (selection)[edit]


  • The Best of Times, The Worst of Times - Rebirth and Apocalypse in Contemporary Art, Kiev


  • Shape of Things to Come: New Sculpture,[6] The Saatchi Gallery, London



  • Fractured Figure : Works from the Dakis Joannou Collection, Deste Foundation, Athens


Awards (selection)[edit]



  • Prix de Rome, Sculpture[8]



  1. ^ M. LeBlanc, Folkert de Jong, Beautiful Decay, 2008
  2. ^ Benjamin Genocchio, Folkert de Jong : Les Saltimbanques, New York Times, novembre 9, 2007
  3. ^ David Stroband, The Iceman Cometh, 12 May - 24 June 2001
  4. ^ Adrian Searle, Glasgow Festival of Visual Art: The new Scottish colourists, the Guardian, 24 April 2012
  5. ^ Folkert De Jong, "Operation Harmony" Time Out, 13 April 2011
  6. ^ The Shape of Things to Come - in pictures, the Independent, 31 May 2011
  7. ^ Folkert de Jong, 'Shoot the Freak', NAi Publishers, retrieved 13 June 2012.
  8. ^ Prix de Rome Prix in the Netherlands

Further reading[edit]

  • Catriona Black, Go figure, Heraldscotland, 15 April 2012
  • Timothée Chaillou, Interview à Folkert de Jong, Dorade spring - summer 2012
  • Scott Indrisek, The Alchemist, Modern Painters, October 2011
  • Philippe Dagen, La sculpture n'est pas morte, c'est Saatchi qui le dit, Le Monde, 16 June 2011
  • Alastair Sooke, The future of sculpture - but with an eye on past masters, The Daily Telegraph, 2011
  • Jackie Wullschlager, Let's get physical, Financial Times, 2011
  • Nancy Durrant, The shape of things to come, The Times, 2011
  • Saskia van der Kroef, Folkert De Jong: Groninger Museum, Artforum, February 2010
  • S. van der Zijpp, Y. Tsitsovits, J. Declercq, Circle Of Trust - Folkert de Jong, selected works 2001-2009, Groninger Museum, Black Cat Publishing, Amsterdam 2009
  • M. Straus, C. Van Gerrewey, Double Dutch, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art 2009
  • J. Breton, A. Ténèze, Picasso – Ses maîtres et ses héritiers, Beaux Art éditions, Paris 2008
  • M. LeBlanc, Folkert de Jong, Beautiful Decay, no. 5, 2008
  • M. Amy, Folkert de Jong – Confronting the Grotesque, Sculpture magazine vol. 27/5, June 2008
  • G. Volk, M. J. Straus, A. Finel Honigman, Folkert de Jong - Les Saltimbanques, James Cohan Gallery, Black Cat Publishing, Amsterdam 2007
  • K. Zijlmans, J. Dietvorst, S. Weyns, Folkert de Jong - Gott Mit Uns, Black Cat Publishing, Amsterdam 2006
  • S. Wallis, S. Lüttiken, M. van Nieuwenhuizen, Folkert de Jong - Shoot The Freak, NAI Publishers, Rotterdam 2005

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