Folkert de Jong's work typically takes the form of large scale sculptures that confront the viewer both viscerally and conceptually. Employing familiar objects and figures, he filters them through a comically morbid sensibility, resulting in surrealistic combinations and motifs. Narrative, particularly history, provides the references for de Jong's compositions, as he thinks through past political and military conflicts. Using malleable materials like styrofoam and polyurethane, de Jong builds up complex installations with multiple parts, casting characters in sets that feel, at times, like a moment borrowed from the stage or screen. De Jong's work has been exhibited internationally, including solo shows at the Groniger Museum in the Netherlands and the Kunsthalle Winterthur in Switzerland, as well as in group shows at venus such as the Saatchi Gallery in London, the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, and the Deste Foundation in Athens.
Folkert de Jong had his solo show at Middleheim Museum in Antwerp in 2013 as well as his show ACTUS TRAGICUS at MUDAM Luxembourg, Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean in 2013. Folkert de Jong will also have his solo show at The Hepworth Wakefield in Wakefield in 2014.