A former assistant of Anselm Kiefer, Jarik Jongman uses both his own photographs and anonymous pictures found in flea markets, books, magazines and the internet as a starting point for his work, which often deals with archetypical imagery.
The “phenomena” depicted in his ongoing series of paintings of motel rooms are metaphysical in nature, that is to say, they appear as ghostly clouds or flashes of mysterious light.
To paraphrase Werner Heisenberg: ‘What we observe is not reality itself but reality exposed to our method of questioning’.
Moreover, these motel rooms allude to the transience of existence. They could be viewed as an allegory of the temporary dwelling place, both for man in his individual life and as a species in this universe, in which we are merely (?) a brief flash of light.
Another, recent series of works depicts (groups of) people waving.
Although the act of waving can be interpreted as both cheerful and sad, it is more a feeling of melancholia and tragedy that prevails in these latest paintings. The people portrayed in these works are gazing at the viewer directly, causing an uncanny, mirror-like sensation, evoking thoughts about transience and ephemerality.
It is as if the people in these paintings are waving from another world, another realm of existence. They have crossed over into eternity leaving the viewer in the gallery with thoughts on his own mortality and being.
Dutch born, he studied in Arnhem and has had numerous exhibitions in London, Berlin, Switzerland, Amsterdam and at the 53rd (2009) and current 54th Venice Biennale in a collateral event.
In 2010 he won joint first prize for best artist at the National Open Art Competition, juried by Gavin Turk.
He lives and works in London and Amsterdam and is represented by WW Gallery in the UK and Kap Pur Gallery in the Netherlands.
Amsterdam, August 24, 1962
1992 Hogeschool voor de Kunsten (Art academy), Arnhem.
1995 Assistant Anselm Kiefer, Barjac, (F)
2010 “Hello Goodbye”, WW gallery, London
2010 “Phenomena”, Kap Pur gallery, Tilburg, (NL)
2007 SPRMRKT, Amsterdam
2006 Atelier 408, Amsterdam.
1999 De Parel gallery, Amsterdam.
2012 'The Open West', Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucester
2012 PAVILJOEN ROTTERDAM, ART Rotterdam
2011 ‘In search of the Miraculous’, de Nederlandsche Cacaofabriek, Helmond (NL)
2011 Crunch art fair, Hay-on-Wye
2011 ‘A Wake’, group show at Momentum, Kunstquartier Bethanien 134, Berlin
2011 ‘Afternoon Tea’ - WW gallery/ 54th Venice Biennale, collateral event.
2011 AF’sH, art fair ‘s Hertogenbosch
2011 Charity art auction for Paintings in Hospitals at Bonhams, London
2011 London Art Fair, London
2010 National Open Art Competition, joint first prize for Best Artist in Show, Chichester
2010 “Hello Goodbye”, solo show at WW gallery, London
2010 “Das Ding”, G.A.S. station, Berlin
2010 Matt Roberts Salon Art Prize exhibition, London
2010 “Phenomena”, solo show at gallery Kap Pur, Tilburg
2010 Threadneedle Prize exhibition, Mall galleries, London
2010 Expo ISBN “Netherland”, at OT301, Amsterdam
2010 “Time”, WW gallery, London
2009 “Sanctuary”, Kunsthalle M3, Berlin
2009 “Both Ends Burning”, WW gallery, London
2009 “Is There Anybody There?”, WW gallery, London
2009 “De Verbouwing”, Verkuno/Koetshuis gallery, Roden, (NL)
2009 “Noise of Art”, East End Arts Club, London
2009 “Anonyme Zeichner”, Blütenweiss/Kaskadenkondensator, LISTE, Basel
2009 “Travelling Light”, WW gallery, London and 53d Venice Biennale (collateral event).
2009 “Anonyme Zeichner”, Blütenweiss/ Gallery Fruehsorge Contemporary Drawings, Berlin.
2009 “Parental Guidance”, WW gallery, London
2008 “Anonyme Zeichner”, Kunstraum Kreuzberg Bethanien, Berlin
2008 Matt Roberts Salon 08, VINEspace, London
2008 “De Salon”, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam
2006 “De Salon”, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam.
2005 “Marnixring prize”, Felix de Boeckmuseum, Drogenbos, (B)
2005 BBK “Aanwas”, Arts Place, Amsterdam.
2005 “De Salon”, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam.
2004 ART for AIDS Auction, Bridge Gallery, Dublin
2002/2003 “Alles nur ein Traum?”, Wilhelm-Fabry museum, Hilden, (D)
2002 “Les Anges Devastes”, Centrum ’t Ghelandt, Menen, (B)
2002 “Les Anges Devastes”, Centre culturel, Luik, (B)
2000/2001 “Zeig’mir einen Engel”, Wilhelm-Fabry museum, Hilden, (D)
2000/2001 “Eins von Hundert”, Kunstraum nr 3, Cologne, (D)
2000 “Eins von Hundert”, Mainzer Minipressen Messe, Mainz, (D)
2000 “Eins von Hundert”, K.A.P. Kunstverein auf dem Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin
2000 “Eins von Hundert”, Gallery 149, Bremerhaven, (D)
1998 “Eins von Hundert”, DuMont Kunsthalle, Cologne
2009-2010 Atelierhaus Mengerzeile, Berlin.
2010 Catalogue for ‘Das Ding’ exhibition, Berlin
2009 Catalogue for the “Travelling Light” exhibition at the 53d Venice Biennale.
2006 Catalogue for solo exhibition at Atelier 408, Amsterdam.
2011 Park magazine, issue #2
2011 Tortuca magazine
2010 HTV de IJsberg #83, ‘An artist’s guide to the galaxy’
1997-2001 Eins von Hundert, 1/100, Germany.
2012 exhibition ISI arti associate, Naples
Represented by WW gallery (UK) and Kap Pur (NL)
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