A former assistant of Anselm Kiefer, Jarik Jongman uses both his own photographs and anonymous pictures found at flea markets, in books, magazines and on the internet as a starting point for his work, which often deals with archetypical imagery.

In his ongoing series of paintings entitled “Phenomena” he depicts deserted buildings and factories were vegetation is growing, or motel rooms with ghostly clouds or flashes of mysterious light.
These spaces 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. Moreover, they raise questions about the nature and reality of this existence.
Ultimately, to paraphrase Werner Heisenberg: "What we observe is not reality itself but reality exposed to our method of questioning" 

His latest series of work, 'All will be explained' and 'Waiting rooms' consist of oil paintings, works on paper and photography.
Desolate inner spaces and waiting rooms with dusty interiors and shady figures. People, waving in barren landscapes.
All these convey an atmosphere of slowness and melancholia, with titles referring to Beckett's 'Godot'.
A waitingroom offers a moment for contemplation, with responsibility temporarily lifted. We like to think that we make choices in life, decisions made by our free will.
But perhaps our sense of control is an illusion. Ultimately there is the fear, the realisation even, that everything is pointless, that all is in vain. What if waiting is in fact all we are capable of ?

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.
In 2012 he was shortlisted for the John Moores prize, exhibiting at the Liverpool Biennial.
He lives and works in London and Amsterdam and is represented by WW Gallery in the UK and Zic Zerp Gallery in the Netherlands.

 

All work on this site is oil on canvas except:

Parental Guidance series, Travelling Light series, Afternoon Tea series, Hello Goodbye 2-6, El olvido que seremos 1-6, Séance 1&2, Phenomena 9,10,11,18,19.
(Oil on photographic print).

Waiting room series
(Oil on paper)

All will be explained series, A Wake series.
(Photography)