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Tom de Jong
Apeldoorn, The Netherlands

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In my work I explore the possibilities and limitations of painting.

By editing paint, canvas and framework in a specific way I create paintings in which contrasting layers of different geometric shapes alternates with sections of stretcher bars and raw canvas. I use the framework and the raw canvas not only as a carrier for the painted image, but give it a visual function as well by making it part of the composition. This allows the underlying structure to enter into a dialogue with paint.

This and other invisible processes such as how paint bleeds through the backside of the painting are based on a fascination for our limitations of perception. I analyze how the different materials relate to each other and how it affects our vision. I strive for a balance between internal and external aspects of the painting in which I often use white for its quality to create flatness and depth, form and emptiness, harmony and optical contradictions between the different materials.





born: 1987, Apeldoorn, Netherlands



ArtEZ Institute of the Arts, Zwolle, BFA, 2010


selected awards/honors

Academieprijs, ArtEZ Institute of the Arts, Zwolle, 2010


selected group shows

Code Rood, CODA museum, Apeldoorn, Netherlands, 2013

Untitled, Galerie Zaay!, Apeldoorn, Netherlands, 2013

Luchtkasteel, Trans 6, Arnhem, Netherlands, 2013

Rijp of groen, Galerie Plaatsmaken, Arnhem, Netherlands, 2010



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