Eric de Jong - New Dutch Realist
New exhibition at Amsterdam's Galerie Mokum from September 13th - 11th October 2008
When viewing this series by Erik de Jong, it is as if we have been invited to a gentlemen’s meeting. In these paintings we see familiarity and understanding among those present. The central facing viewpoint of the set table is reminiscent of da Vinci’s Last Supper with references to bread and wine conveying the idea of flesh and blood as everlasting.
The relationships between the figures portrayed are played out with ritual and formality and we sense the timelessness and continuation of life as experiences are passed from generation to generation.
A modern day military bugle and a curled brass car horn herald the historic message. Ancient culture and distant memories are transformed, yet survive through time and place.
Two chicks – two siblings, one older than the other or at least one stronger than the other.
As they gaze expectantly towards the viewer, we wonder at their openess to life and are concerned by their apparent vulnerability. Yet we understand the eternal quality of the ‘chicken and egg’ cycle and are confident that, in some way, they will survive.
The fresh field-catch displays no sign of a violent hunt. Instead, the slain animal appears to be sleeping - relaxed and at peace. Death is presented as part of life – natural and inevitable; the cycle is eternal and complete.
Erik de Jong’s work stands at the forefront of New Dutch Realism. His subtle use of visual lyricism creates an extraordinary tension. We are seeing incredibly detailed figuration and sensing extremely intricate sub-text
His works have always evoked a sense of excitement within the art establishment as well as the global art market and these new paintings are superb additions to his already impressive portfolio.
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