Habitat – Jakob de Jonge


Jakob de Jonge in a Dutch artist based in the Hague, the Netherlands and has been working on a consistent commission based painting portfolio for over a decade.  Apart from being a painter he is also active in human rights and peace building with his own organization THE HAGUE PEACE PROJECTS, which brings together diaspora from conflict areas in order to initiate dialogue and develop peaceful solutions. In his paintings he reflects on our modern society and expresses the paradoxical tension between hope and fear, ideal and reality, belief and cynicism, honesty and hypocrisy.

In February 2016 we met Jakob following his presentation at the Prospects & Concepts section of Art Rotterdam. Although his work is not technology or material based he has developed an intriguing and captivating communication language through his paintings to reflect on our current high-tech society. We approached Jakob with the question whether he could create a work that would capture the problem we have to solve in order to create a positive future and show the work during the Festival of the Future in the Hague in the fall of 2016.

We decided to start a co-production period where we visited Jakob in his studio several times over a 6 month period to discuss what the essential problem is leading up to a series of options for the final piece. The work he created is called Habitat. A large, powerful painting capturing the elements of nature, technology and society while showing us the tension that exists between them.

To read more on the work and what it has been up to since 2016, you can read our story Habitat on Tour.

Since Habitat, In4Art and Jakob de Jonge have collaborated on the realization of 3 other paintings that entered the Open Collection and Jakob has participated in the first edition of our kickstART incubation program.