Folkert de Jong - 'The Immortals'
Hosted by the School of Fine Art and the Exhibitions Department and supported by GI Festival

Event Type:

Friday Event


Glasgow Film Theatre (GFT), Rose Street, Glasgow


20 Apr 2012
11:00 - 12:30



The King of Water, 2011,
copyright GJ.van Rooij - Fons Welters Gallery - Folkert de Jong

Folkert de Jong - 'The Immortals'

Event info

The Immortals
A lecture by Folkert de Jong

Dutch artist Folkert de Jong talks about his solo exhibition in the Mackintosh Museum, The Glasgow School of Art and about his wider practice. This artist brings a lively contemporary interpretation to figurative sculpture, making his works from high-tech polyurethane foam covered in an explosion of colour.  Folkert de Jong is an artist who freely mixes up times, materials and cultural references, in his work.  The figures he creates are often drawn from the past. In the case of his Glasgow International supported project, the inspiration is Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his wife Margaret MacDonald Mackintosh. 

Folkert de Jong (b. 1972) studied at the Rijksakademie of Fine Art in Amsterdam. Recently he designed costumes and props for a theatre play 'Troilus and Cressida' by the Wooster group and The Royal Shakespeare Company. He is currently working on a public sculpture for The Hague's King's Square. De Jong has exhibited widely internationally, including solo exhibitions at James Cohan Gallery New York; Luis Adelantado Gallery Mexico City; Kunsthalle Winterhur, Switzerland; Chisenhale Gallery, London, UK. Group exhibitions include Shape of Things to Come: New Sculpture, The Saatchi Gallery, London, UK (2011); Monumental: Contemporary Figurative Sculpture Herbert Johnson Museum of Art New York (2010) and Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, Australia (2010).

This project has been supported by the GI Festival and the Mondriaan Fund. 

View a recording of the lecture below: