About the artist
Jarik Jongman (1962) was born in Amsterdam and was educated at the Art Academy in Arnhem. In 1995 he became the main assistant of Anselm Kiefer. 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.
Abandoned buildings and deserted factories, where the function of the space is lost beyond recognition. This results in a new kind of beauty where vegetation takes over and mysterious light appears. In Jarik Jongmans work, an extra layer is added so these spaces allude to the transience of existence.
From 1998 on he has had multiple (solo) exhibitions in London, Berlin, Switzerland, Amsterdam and at the 53rd and current 54th Venice Biennale in a collateral event. He won the joint first prize for best artist at the National Open Art Competition in 2010 and in 2012 he was shortlisted for the John Moores prize, exhibiting at the Liverpool Biennial. He lives and works in London and Amsterdam.