My name is Jakob de Jonge. I was born in 1982 and live and work in The Hague, The Netherlands. I graduated from the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague in the summer of 2012. Apart from being a painter I am also active in human rights and peace building. In 2014, I founded The Hague Peace Projects, an organization which brings together diaspora from conflict areas in order to initiate dialogue and develop peaceful solutions.
I currently work on bright acrylic paintings. The paintings present a disorienting view into another world, made up of more or less familiar phenomena. I like to discover and share with the viewer the beauty and sheer magic of the reality in which we live. Mixed in this landscape of our reality is the unrelenting suffering of man and nature. I aim to express the paradoxical tension between hope and fear, ideal and reality, belief and cynicism, honesty and hypocrisy.
Ever since 9/11 I have been worried about the direction our flawed but beautiful world was taking. Less and less freedoms, and perpetual warfare. With sadness and anger I watched how, in response to 9/11, in our name peaceful people were bombed in countries like Iraq and Afghanistan, under the guise of a “Global War on Terror”. I abhor violence, especially the useless, purely destructive kind the West has been responsible for during the past two decades all around the world but especially in the Middle East. My paintings are often referring to these acts of senseless violence and injustice. They form the ‘morbid’ undertone in my work. However, ultimately I believe we can overcome this evil. The light is always stronger than the darkness. Therefore, in my paintings I try to transform images of the horror of reality into images of peace, inspiration and energy. In the words of Martin Luther King: “We must concentrate not merely on the negative expulsion of war but the positive affirmation of peace.” This is what I try to do.
- Bachelor in Fine Arts, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, The Hague, June 2012.
- Workshop with Marcel van Eeden, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, The Hague, May 2011
- Minor International Development Studies, University of Amsterdam, January- August 2007
- M.A. Religious Studies, LeidenUniversity, The Netherlands, August 2005
- Philosophy (exchange), Institut Catholique de Paris, France, September 2003- February 2004
- Independent artist, May 2013 till present
- Founder & director The Hague Peace Projects, May 2014 till present
- Program officer & researcher migration, Amnesty International, February 2015 – February 2017
- Program officer, Justice & Peace, The Hague, from February 2008 till May 2013
- Intern, Division Human Rights and Peace Building, The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Hague, September 2007- February 2008.
- Lecturer, Murray Theological College, Masvingo, Zimbabwe, September- December 2006
- Student Assistant, LeidenUniversity, September 2002- July 2004
Awards and grants:
- Werkbijdrage Jong Talent (Support of Young Talent), Mondriaan Fund, 2014-2015
- Several grants from Stroom Den Haag, 2012-2015
- Winsor & Newton/Goedman Award 2012
- PAX, poster design for Peace Week 2018
- In4Art: three paintings for the collection of In4Art, 2017
- Design contest Dutch Government Buildings Agency, wall-screen design for one of the new offices of the Senate, 2011
- Private commissions
- ‘Schoonheid vs. Macht. Een reflectie op de verhouding tussen kunst en politiek.’ Beauty vs. Power. A Reflection on the Political Relevance of Art. Graduate thesis Bachelor of Fine Arts, The Hague, 2012
- ‘Humaniteit in vreemdelingenbewaring. Ervaringen van het r.k.-justitiepastoraat’, Human dignity in migrant detention, experiences of catholic prison chaplains, Research Reports as a human rights officer for Justitia et Pax, The Hague, 2010
- ‘De God van Rosenzweig’, The God of Rosenzweig, essay for graduate subject Christian Ethics, Leiden University, 2007
- ‘Heidegger en de vraag naar een ethiek’, Heidegger and the question for an ethics, Graduate thesis for major subject Philosophy of Religion, Leiden University, 2005