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Jarik Jongman
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College / University
Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, Arnhem
Program / Degree
Member type
Artist, Curator
If you're an artist, what kind of art do you make?
Painting, Photography
I am...
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 Zic Zerp Gallery in the Netherlands


Amsterdam, August 24, 1962




1992            Hogeschool voor de Kunsten (Art academy), Arnhem.

1995            Assistant Anselm Kiefer, Barjac, France.




2012            ’A Wake’, DAC, Brooklyn, New York 


Exhibitions (selection)


2012             ‘All will be explained’, solo show, Kap Pur gallery, Tilburg

2012             John Moores prize, Walker art gallery, Liverpool Biennial

2012             ‘About Face’, Momentum, Kunstquartier Bethanien 134, Berlin

2012             ’Nieuwe Uitleenschatten’, CBK/SBK, Groningen

2012             Esplorandum 4, ISI arti associate, Naples

2012             Charity art auction for Paintings in Hospitals at Bonhams, London

2012            Paviljoen Rotterdam @ Art Rotterdam

2012            Open West, Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucester

2011            ‘POW’, WW gallery at Crunch art fair, Hay-on-Wye

2011            ‘In search of the Miraculous’, solo show at de Nederlandsche Cacaofabriek, Helmond (NL)

2011            ‘A Wake’, Momentum, Kunstquartier Bethanien 134, Berlin

2011            ‘Afternoon Tea’ - WW gallery at 54th Venice Biennale (collateral event)

2011            Charity art auction for Paintings in Hospitals at Bonhams, London

2011            ‘Art star superstore’, WW gallery at London Art Fair, London

2010            National Open Art Competition, joint first prize for Best Artist in Show, Chichester

2010            ‘Hello Goodbye’, solo show, WW gallery, London 

2010            ‘Das Ding’, G.A.S. station, Berlin

2010            Matt Roberts Salon Art Prize exhibition, London

2010            Phenomena’, solo show, gallery Kap Pur, Tilburg, (NL)

2010            Threadneedle Prize exhibition, Mall galleries, London

2010            Expo ISBN ‘Netherland’, OT301, Amsterdam

2010            ‘Time’, WW gallery, London

2009            ‘Sanctuary’, Kunsthalle M3, Berlin

2009            ‘Is There Anybody There?’, WW gallery, London

2009            ‘Noise of Art’, East End Arts Club, London

2009            ‘Anonyme Zeichner’, Blütenweiss/Kaskadenkondensator, LISTE, Basel

2009            ‘Travelling Light’, WW gallery/Pharos 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            solo show at Atelier 408, Amsterdam.

2002            ‘Alles nur ein Traum?’, Wilhelm-Fabry museum, Hilden, Germany.

2000            ‘Zeig’mir einen Engel’, Wilhelm-Fabry museum, Hilden, Germany.

1998            ‘Eins von Hundert’, DuMont Kunsthalle, Cologne, Germany.

1999            solo show at De Parel gallery, Amsterdam.







2009/2010       Atelierhaus Mengerzeile, Berlin.




2011                      Park magazine, issue #2

2011                      Tortuca magazine

2010                      HTV de IJsberg #83, ‘An artist’s guide to the galaxy’

1997/2001              Contributions to: Eins von Hundert, 1/100, Germany.



Website: www.jarikjongman.nl


Represented by WW gallery (UK) and Zic Zerp Gallery (NL)


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At 18:23 on August 26, 2011, ARTStap International said…
Hi there, we would love to invite u to join us at www.studentszine.com Irelands leading publication for the contemporary arts
At 11:24 on August 7, 2010, wayne mitchelson said…
stunning work
At 8:12 on February 19, 2010, Kate Vrijmoet said…
just wanted to share this with you...
At 15:08 on December 4, 2009, Ben Carstens said…
Geweldig werk!.. ik zou er graag meer van willen zien! groeten uit Amsterdam, Ben
At 18:38 on January 15, 2009, mira cedar said…
hi Jarik,
very beautiful works
At 17:24 on January 15, 2009, Erna G.S. said…
hi Jarik
thanks for your friendship
impressive work on your page
very beautiful :)

At 18:51 on January 4, 2009, Tatjana de Luxe said…
hallo jarik, ein gutes neues jahr, viel erfolg und glück!eine neue cd währe ganz gut.
grüsse tdl
At 13:03 on December 8, 2008, Rita Bakhuijsen said…
mooi werk
groet ritazza
At 11:24 on October 5, 2008, Annet de Graaf said…
Graag gedaan Jarik, fijne zondag voor jou
At 10:35 on October 5, 2008, Annet de Graaf said…
Ja vooral doen, fijn! Ik heb nog eens naar de Aurora serie gekeken, ik vind het bijzonder mooi. Zo verstild en in mysterie. Weet je trouwens dat Kiefer mij als enige kunstenaar met zijn werk aan het huilen heeft gebracht? Het was ergens in Koln volgens mij, 'k weet het niet zeker. Innenraum.


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