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FOLKERT DE JONG 
The Knights Move
2014 
Acrylic glass, pigmented polyurethane foam, metal, wood, plastic, spray paint 
98 3/8 x 27 1/2 x 27 1/2 in. (250 x 70 x 70 cm)
 

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FOLKERT DE JONG 
Babel's Maze
2014 
Patinated bronze 
86 9/16 x 70 13/16 x 35 3/8 in. (220 x 180 x 90 cm)
Edition of 3
 

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FOLKERT DE JONG 
From Stately Throne
2014 
Patinated bronze 
82 5/8 x 35 3/8 x 33 7/16 in. (210 x 90 x 85 cm)
Edition of 3

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FOLKERT DE JONG 
Old DNA
2014 
Patinated bronze 
82 5/8 x 35 3/8 x 27 1/2 in. (210 x 90 x 70 cm)
Edition of 3
 

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FOLKERT DE JONG 
Fidei Defensor
2014 
Patinated bronze 
82 5/8 x 35 3/8 x 25 9/16 in. (210 x 90 x 65 cm) 
Edition of 3

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FOLKERT DE JONG 
Old Sport
2013
Patinated bronze
77 3/8 x 38 3/8 x 33 1/8 in. (198 x 99 x 85 cm)
Edition of 3

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FOLKERT DE JONG
Installation view
2014
Hepworth Wakefield

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FOLKERT DE JONG
Installation view
2014
Hepworth Wakefield

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FOLKERT DE JONG
Conference Act
2013
Patinated bronze
78 11/16 x 23 9/16 x 19 5/8 in. (200 x 60 x 50 cm)
Edition of 3

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FOLKERT DE JONG 
Actus Tragicus
2013 
Styrofoam, pigmented polyurethane foam, spray paint, rope, metal hanging hardware Dimensions variable

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FOLKERT DE JONG 
Actus Tragicus
2013 
Styrofoam, pigmented polyurethane foam, spray paint, rope, metal hanging hardware Dimensions variable

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FOLKERT DE JONG 
Actus Tragicus
2013 
Styrofoam, pigmented polyurethane foam, spray paint, rope, metal hanging hardware
Dimensions variable

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FOLKERT DE JONG
Act of Despair (Thonet Version)
2013
Patinated bronze
59 x 19 1/4 x 19 1/4 in.

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FOLKERT DE JONG
Act of Despair (Thonet Version) detail
2013
Patinated bronze
59 x 19 1/4 x 19 1/4 in.

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FOLKERT DE JONG 
The Balance: Trader's Deal
2010 
Styrofoam, pigmented polyurethane foam
Dimensions variable

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FOLKERT DE JONG 
The Eye of Jupiter 

2014 
Acrylic glass, pigmented polyurethane foam, Styrofoam, spray can, metal, paint brush, wood, plastic, spray paint 
82 5/8 x 70 13/16 x 47 3/16 in. (210 x 180 x 120 cm)
 

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FOLKERT DE JONG 
The Last Nation
2014 
Acrylic glass, pigmented polyurethane foam, Styrofoam, spray can, metal, wood, plastic, paint brush, breakaway knife, spray paint 
98 3/8 x 27 1/2 x 27 1/2 in. (250 x 70 x 70 cm)
 

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FOLKERT DE JONG 
The Balance: Trader's Deal 6
2010 
Styrofoam, pigmented polyurethane foam 
83 x 46 x 34 in. (210.82 x 116.84 x 86.36 cm)

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FOLKERT DE JONG 
The Balance: Trader's Deal 7 
2010 
Styrofoam, pigmented polyurethane foam 
66 x 40 x 35 in. (167.64 x 101.6 x 88.9 cm)

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FOLKERT DE JONG 
The Balance: Trader's Deal 8
2010 
Styrofoam, pigmented polyurethane foam 
66 x 40 x 35 in. (167.64 x 101.6 x 88.9 cm)

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FOLKERT DE JONG
The Balance: Trader's Deal 9 
2010 
Styrofoam, pigmented polyurethane foam 
92 x 42 x 50 in. (233.68 x 106.68 x 127 cm)

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FOLKERT DE JONG
The Practice 'Take 13'
2010
Styrofoam, pigmented polyurethane foam, Euro pallet
57 1/2 x 40 1/2 x 37 3/4 in.

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FOLKERT DE JONG 
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)

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FOLKERT DE JONG 
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)

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FOLKERT DE JONG 
Business As Usual: Early Years
2008 
Styrofoam, pigmented polyurethane foam 
Dimensions variable

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FOLKERT DE JONG
Business As Usual: "The Tower"
2008
Styrofoam, pigmented polyurethane foam
118 1/8 x 39 3/8 x 39 3/8 in

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FOLKERT DE JONG 
Business As Usual: Early Years #1
2008 
Styrofoam, pigmented polyurethane foam 
45 1/4 x 51 1/8 x 31 1/2 in. (115 x 130 x 80 cm)
 

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FOLKERT DE JONG 
Business As Usual: Early Years #2
2008 
Styrofoam, pigmented polyurethane foam 
52 3/8 x 33 7/8 x 27 1/2 in. (133 x 86 x 70 cm)
 

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FOLKERT DE JONG 
Business As Usual: Early Years #3 
2008 
Styrofoam, pigmented polyurethane foam 
56 1/4 x 27 1/2 x 45 1/4 in. (143 x 70 x 115 cm)

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FOLKERT DE JONG 
Business As Usual: Early Years #4
2008 
Styrofoam, pigmented polyurethane foam 
70 7/8 x 57 1/8 x 23 5/8 in. (180 x 145 x 60 cm)

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FOLKERT DE JONG 
Business As Usual: Early Years #5
2008 
Styrofoam, pigmented polyurethane foam 
64 5/8 x 32 5/8 x 55 7/8 in. (164 x 83 x 142 cm)

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FOLKERT DE JONG 
Business As Usual: Early Years #6
2008 
Styrofoam, pigmented polyurethane foam 
55 1/8 x 61 3/8 x 31 1/2 in. (140 x 156 x 80 cm)

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FOLKERT DE JONG 
Business As Usual: Early Years #7
2008 
Styrofoam, pigmented polyurethane foam 
48 3/8 x 56 3/4 x 33 1/8 in. (123 x 144 x 84 cm)

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FOLKERT DE JONG
The Drummer
2007
Styrofoam, adhesive
78 3/4 x 39 3/8 x 39 3/8 in.

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FOLKERT DE JONG
Hail the One
2007
Styrofoam, pigmented polyurethane foam
86 5/8 x 27 1/2 x 27 1/2 in.

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FOLKERT DE JONG
Jack is Back
2007
Styrofoam, pigmented polyurethane foam
66 7/8 x 19 5/8 x 19 5/8 in.

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FOLKERT DE JONG
Busines As Usual: Double Happiness
2008
Sytrofoam, pigmented polyurethane foam, pearls
79 1/2 x 41 x 59 in.

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FOLKERT DE JONG
Submission: The Slave Trader
2006
Styrofoam, adhesive
70 X 39 X 39 in.

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FOLKERT DE JONG
Halleluja
2007
Styrofoam, adhesive
100 X 70 X 178 cm

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FOLKERT DE JONG
Halleluja detail
2007
Styrofoam, adhesive
100 X 70 X 178 cm

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FOLKERT DE JONG
Golden Smile 
2007
BASF Styrodur, Austrotherm, polyurethane foam, Liquid plastic, artificial gemstones Dimensions variable

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FOLKERT DE JONG
Golden Smile - Eva
2007
BASF Styrodur, Austrotherm, polyurethane foam, Liquid plastic, artificial gemstones
65 3/8 x 53 1/2 x 65 in.

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Folkert de Jong
Seht der Mensch (The Shooting Lesson)
2007
Styrofoam, Polyurethane foam, pigment
Approx. 800 x 800 x 400 cm

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Folkert de Jong
Seht der Mensch (The Shooting Lesson)
2007
Styrofoam, Polyurethane foam, pigment
Approx. 800 x 800 x 400 cm

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FOLKERT DE JONG
Gott Mit Uns
2007
Styrofoam, adhesive
Dimensions variable
Photo: Jesse Harris

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FOLKERT DE JONG
Gott Mit Uns
2007
Styrofoam, adhesive
Dimensions variable
Photo: Jesse Harris

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FOLKERT DE JONG
Gott Mit Uns
2007
Styrofoam, adhesive
Dimensions variable
Photo: Jesse Harris

Artist BioDownload Bio English PDF
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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.”

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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 was born in 1972 in Egmond aan Zee, The Netherlands, and studied at the Academy for Visual Arts and the Rijksakademie for Visual Arts in Amsterdam. He was awarded the Prix de Rome for Sculpture in 2003 and was featured in The Busan Biennale in 2016, The Best of Times, The Worst of Times: The First Kiev International Biennale of Contemporary Art, Ukraine, 2013, the Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art, Scotland, 2012, The 17th Biennale of Sydney: The Beauty of Distance: Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age, Australia, 2010 and in Destroy Athens, Athens Biennial, Greece, 2007. Recent solo exhibitions include: 2016, And Nothing But the Truth, Brand New Gallery, Milan, Italy; 2015, Holy Land, James Cohan Gallery, New York, Court of Justice, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam; 2014, Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield, UK, Musée d’Evreux, Evreux, France, Desengaño, Galeria Luis Adelantado, Valencia, Spain; 2013, Amabilis Insania: The Pleasing Delusion, Middelheim Museum, Antwerp, Belgium, Un Vie d’Illusions, Musée d’art Contemporain, Rocheouart, France, Actus Tragicus, MUDAM Museum, Luxembourg, Folkert de Jong, Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon; 2012, Vitrine de la Maison du Peuple, Clichy, France; 2011, Operation Harmony, James Cohan Gallery, New York; 2009, Mount Maslow, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, New York, The Shooting, Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut, Circle of Trust: Selected Works 2001-2009, Groninger Museum, Groningen, The Netherlands, One Thousand Years of Business as Usual, James Cohan Gallery, Shanghai.

Exhibitions
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Gallery Exhibition
Folkert de Jong
The Holy Land
March 19 - April 25, 2015
New York
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Gallery Exhibition
Folkert de Jong
Operation Harmony
April 01 - May 07, 2011
New York
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Gallery Exhibition
Folkert de Jong
一如既往 Thousand Years Business As Usual
November 14, 2008 - January 17, 2009
Shanghai
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Gallery Exhibition
Xu Zhen, Folkert de Jong, and Martha Colburn
September 06 - October 04, 2008
New York
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Gallery Exhibition
Folkert de Jong
Les Saltimbanques
October 20 - November 24, 2007
New York
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Gallery Exhibition
Summer Show
July 17 - August 10, 2007
New York
Press / Media
Articles / Reviews
Time Out New York
“Folkert de Jong, ‘The Holy Land’,” by Paul Laster
Articles / Reviews
Artforum
“Folkert de Jong. James Cohan Gallery,” by Chris Bors
Articles / Reviews
Blouin Artinfo
"Ghosts that Cut: Folkert de Jong's Bronze Apparitions," by Stephen Shaheen
Articles / Reviews
Artnet News
"artnet Asks: Folkert de Jong," by Lorraine Rubio
Articles / Reviews
The Yorkshire Post
"Show that explores the art 
of war"
Articles / Reviews
The Los Angeles Times
"Folkert de Jong's 'scary and beautiful' costumes for CRY, TROJANS!" by Karen Wada
Articles / Reviews
Daily Serving
"An Interview with Folkert de Jong," by Michael Tomeo
Articles / Reviews
New York Times
"Folkert de Jong: Les Saltimbanques," by Benjamin Genocchio
News
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Gallery Exhibition
Weird Science
April 22 - August 20, 2017
The Hague, The Netherlands
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Gallery Exhibition
September 3 - November 30, 2016
Busan, South Korea
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Museum Exhibition
May 28, 2016 - May 28, 2017
Ghent, New York
Gallery Exhibition
And Nothing but the Truth
May 18 - June 22, 2016
Milan, Italy
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Gallery Exhibition
Court of Justice: Solo Exhibition
November 27, 2015 - January 16, 2016
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Commission
Public Project
July 9, 2015 - May 2016
London, UK
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Museum Exhibition
Group Exhibition
June 20 - September 20, 2015
Erfurt, Germany
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Museum Exhibition
Curatorial Project
May 5 - August 30, 2015
Bergen, the Netherlands
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Museum Exhibition
Group Exhibition
April 1 - July 15, 2015
Hamburg, Germany
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News / Events
CRY, TROJANS! (Troilus & Cressida)
March 24 - April 19, 2015
Brooklyn, New York
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Museum Exhibition
Group Exhibition
January 27 - March 8, 2015
New York, NY
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Museum Exhibition
Group Exhibition
January 17 - April 6, 2015
Zwolle, The Netherlands
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Artist Talk/Lecture
January 15, 2015
Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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Museum Exhibition
Solo Exhibition
November 15, 2014 - March 15, 2015
Évreux, France
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Museum Exhibition
Solo Exhibition
October 1, 2014 - January 26, 2015
Wakefield, United Kingdom
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Museum Exhibition
Group Exhibition
September 25, 2014 - February 8, 2015
Brussels, Belgium
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Museum Exhibition
Group Exhibition
March 6 - June 29, 2014
Barcelona, Spain
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News / Events
West Coast Premiere at REDCAT
Feb 27 - Mar 9, 2014
REDCAT, Los Angeles, CA
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News / Events
US premiere
January 8 - February 2, 2014
New York, New York
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Museum Exhibition
Solo Exhibition
October 26, 2013 - April 6, 2014
Antwerp, Belgium
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Museum Exhibition
Solo Exhibition
March 23 - September 8, 2013
Luxembourg
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Museum Exhibition
Solo Exhibition
January 5 - June 23, 2013
Portland, Oregon
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Museum Exhibition
Solo Exhibition
April 4 - May 7, 2012
Glasgow, Scotland
Books
image Folkert de Jong - Circle of Trust
Publication
Folkert de Jong - Circle of Trust
Selected Works 2001 - 2009
image Folkert de Jong - Les Saltimbanques
Publication
Folkert de Jong - Les Saltimbanques
image Folkert de Jong - Gott Mit Uns
Publication
Folkert de Jong - Gott Mit Uns
Editions
image Folkert de Jong Poster
Edition
Folkert de Jong Poster