With neo-pastel on paper Peter de Jong (1949) portraits the adventure that one goes through in the world of spirituality, sense and emotion.
De Jong has been experimenting with materials such as paint, clay, stone and iron for more than 30 years. In the beginning just for a hobby, but later on for his work as a creative therapist. Since 1995 he shows his work to the public.
He has had a few exhibitions in Switzerland, Portugal and in the Netherlands. This was also a start for ‘networking’ in the world of art.
De Jong thinks it’s very exciting to see images appear and is always curious what the result will be: whether the idea is in apple-pie order, or he has to deal with a hump of clay that needs to be transformed.
Even non-realised ideas give him the necessary pleasure, such as his plan to put a giant yellow bulb on a glacier. In this way you have a fried egg ‘sunny side up’ in the mountains waiting for you!
De Jong’s artistic works from 1994-1996 are presented in four virtual galleries. A monopoly-pastel-tableau is also presented.
Peter de Jong makes use of neo-pastel on paper and makes different elements visible by colouring them.
Elements like emotion, ratio and spirituality have the colors red, blue and yellow. White and black represent the good and the bad.
Language also plays an important part. De Jong suggests language by means of a stylish form of written language that you can’t read.
In this way comic strips exist. Stories that tell how to handle these elements that sometimes are apparently opposed. Stories that tell which place man gives or should give to emotions, ratio, and spirit in combination with 'the good' and 'the bad', and the role of language, the use of words, in this.
The Monopoly-game project: the Outside versus the Inside
One of the projects De Jong has realised is inspired on the monopoly-game. De Jong was pleasantly surprised when he noticed a monopoly-game in Switzerland with Swiss names of streets instead of Dutch ones. This was a start for collecting monopoly-games from different countries on the one hand, and to make pastels based on the various games on the other hand.
De Jong has exhibited a tableau that consisted of 32 squares that symbolise 'the Outside versus the Inside'.
The monopoly-games are a symbol for external behaviour, money, power and the struggle against each other.
The matching pastels symbolise internal behaviour, such as emotions, thoughts and the fight within someone.
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