Joost de Jonge Dutch


Before all else, painting to Joost de Jonge is about giving shape to forms and patterns of forms. The artist’s use of color is based on intuition and on understanding color as reflecting the boundlessness of a universal spirituality. 


De Jonge sees painting as patterns of emotions, abstracting experiences from human nature — as a music, a language of its own, a tabula rasa of meandering cognition. The artist sees art in line with Michel de Montaigne’s observation that the book, or in his instance painting, creates the self as much as it is created by it. To de Jonge, the book or the painting is a time capsule, redefining readers and viewers, only then being truly alive. 

The artwork is thus an intermediary between the artist, his ideal, and the ideal as it takes shape in the eye and mind of the beholder. Throughout this process, various paths of cognition circulate, making viewers' understanding of themselves, and an understanding of the personal in general, into an act or a process.