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This week a self-taught artist with a medical background in surgery, biotechnology and design hangs in MASTERS GALLERY. Samuel Dejong is the resident artist of the Tertius Collection and, as an artist, wants to stimulate the consciousness of the viewer to gain a deeper understanding of reality. Dejong tells MASTERS EXPO about his masterpieces. Curious?Online editor: Mical Joseph
Image: Samuel Dejong One of the recurring subjects in Samuel Dejong's oeuvre are the small creatures that show the beauty of nature, but which can sometimes also evoke disgust and aversion. With his art, Samuel Dejong challenges us to admire the basis of our ecosystem, the insect, in a new way and down to the smallest detail. No other creature is so elegant and vulnerable, yet so strong and indestructible. They embody pure aesthetics down to the smallest details with utmost perfection. Many artists have used insects to create beautiful works of art, Samuel Dejong wants to add an extra element: life and dynamics.METAMORPHOSIS RED | Unique work (one-of-one), Mixed media with brass and 24KT gold leaf, Red pure pigment, Belgian portrait linen on panel (220x120x14cm)

Metamorphosis Ed

"Metamorphosis Ed is part of a series of 3 works: Metamorphosis Ed, Yellow and Blue. The series is about space, time and change. I tried the 4de dimension, time, to be represented in a 3 dimensional object. For this I made sculptures of butterflies. For me, the butterfly symbolizes vitality and change. The original cast has been reduced in size in several steps so that ultimately a change takes place in size and position. The sculptures are positioned in such a way that a harmonious image is created in which the change over time is still. The background of the butterflies are wooden panels, covered with linen on which red, yellow and blue pigments have been applied. For the choice of red, yellow and blue pigments and the positioning of the butterflies, I was inspired by various 20thcentury art movements such as De Stijl, nouveau realism and spatialism. The binding medium I use has the property of reflecting the color of the pigments to a greater extent than traditional binding agents such as acrylic and linseed oil. This creates a very intense experience when you view the works; you are, as it were, drawn into the work. Every time I look at these works I get a feeling of harmony and peace.”

VICTORY IN BRONZE | Unique work (one-of-one), Bronze, (120x30cm)


"The image Victory was created from a wooden sculpture. A sculpture was made from a massive trunk of an olive tree that is over a hundred years old, in which the shape of the wood was leading. The growth of the tree under the influence of time has determined the final shape of the image. By making the lines of the image flow smoothly in every direction, an image has been created that is almost liquid. The shape of the statue ultimately became a winged figure. It is not clear whether the figure rises or falls to the ground, it depends on the interpretation of the viewer.

Molds were made from the original olive wood statue from which casts were made in bronze and synthetic resin. The series of statues is an ode to one of the most beautiful statues from classical antiquity, the Nike of Samothrace Victory named. Inspired by the work of Yves Klein, some images are made in Yves Klein blue.

The different versions and colors of the same flowing shape always evoke a different emotion for me and represent the illusionary nature of reality for me.”Original olive wood trunk | Original olive wood statueNike of Samothrace, maker unknown (circa 200 BC) | Winged Victory, Yves Klein (1962) | Victory in Blue, Samuel Dejong (2019)GOLIATH BEETLE | Edition: 25, HD print on Dibond (110x110cm)

Anatomia Blue Heritage

“With the series Anatomia Blue Heritage I want to convert the conditioned human aversion to insects into a fascination. In this series I have made sculptures of beetles in the most characteristic home-grown design: Delft Blue. Original 17deI applied century Delft Blue patterns designed by Daniël Marot to various insects. The patterns are first enlarged and painted by hand, after which they are digitally reduced in size so that they fit perfectly on the bodies of the mini sculptures. These three-dimensional sculptures are then photographed in great detail, part by part, after which high-resolution prints can be made on aluminum. The final result makes the smallest details of the original sculpture visible.

This series of works shows me the incredible complexity, perfection and beauty of nature.”

See with your own eyes

If you want to see Samuel's works with your own eyes, you can do so at Tertius Collection, the leading gallery on the Prinsengracht in Amsterdam. Samuel Dejong has been here for more than five years resident artist: every new collection is exhibited there. Together with special collaborations and notable sales like the Khalili Collection: the largest art collection in the world. Tertius Collection, where high-end art and interior merge, was founded by Tertius Xavier van Oosthuyzen, originally South African. Cross collecting is the mantra and the vision. Tertius shows like no other that you can combine antique with modern, art with design and basic with luxury.

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