De Jong makes a close study of metropolitan life and re-interprets found objects in a naturalistic form. She is particularly drawn to new places and likes getting familiar with the surroundings. In this process, she wanders round searching for small shops or markets selling second-hand goods that cannot be found elsewhere. Then, when back in her studio, she transforms their original purpose into new personal codes for us to translate. Electroformed copper, garnets, black coral, all materials that have recently been chosen by the artist. In addition, current work has also seen the incorporation of ceramics into her pieces, after having completed studies in this field, evidencing the eclectic character of De Jong.
Rian de Jong was born in Holland in 1951. She graduated from the Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam, in 1985. She was lecturer at the Art Academy of Utrecht between 1989 and 2000 and has been guest lecturer in Academies and Universities in several countries. Her work is part of the following collections: Kunstgebouw NL, AVRO Kunstblik NL, Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem Nl, Gemeente Museum Den Haag NL, Srlanded Kunstmuseum NL, Haags Gemeentemuseum NL, Musee Des Art Decoratif Montreal C, Museum de L' Horlogerie Geneve CH, Museum für Angewante Kunst Hamburg D, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam NL, Rijksdienst Beeldende Kunst (RBK) NL, Gemeente museum, Arnhem NL, Boymans van Beuningen Museum, Rotterdam NL, Kruithuis Den Bosch NL, City of Amsterdam NL, Van Reekum Museum NL, Rijksdienst beeldende kunst NL, Government acquisition. She has received numerous stipends and commissions. Her work is represented in various publications and has been shown in innumerable solo and group exhibitions around the world.