Folkert de Jong

FOLKERT DE JONG Operation Harmony, 2008, Styrofoam, pigmented polyurethane foam, pearls, 340 x 700 x 230 cm. Image Courtesy the Artist and James Cohan Gallery

FOLKERT DE JONG Operation Harmony, 2008, Styrofoam, pigmented polyurethane foam, pearls, 340 x 700 x 230 cm. Image Courtesy of the Artist and James Cohan Gallery

Folkert de Jong (born 1972, Egmond aan Zee, Netherlands, lives and works in Amsterdam) uses Styrofoam, Polyurethane and more recently bronze to create what has been called “traditional statuary with a diabolical twist.” His richly layered work draws influence from a variety of sources, among them historical figures and events, particularly from the Dutch Republic, art history, literature and politics. His sculptures, though hauntingly lifelike, tend to appear both macabre and comical, with distorted facial features and unnatural body positions emphasizing the artist’s belief that humor is a strategic tool for our acceptance of taboo subjects.

www.folkertdejong.org

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