Suzanne Jongmans

The ‘menina’ of Velasquez, Arnolfini’s pregnant wife in the Van Eyck portrait, and Rogier van der Weyden’s veiled ‘lady’: Suzanne Jongmans brings them to life in her photographic portraits. This nod to the old masters of the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries – certainly also to Rembrandt and Vermeer – is only one aspect of her work. It is all about tranquillity, timelessness, beauty. Qualities she discovers even in disposable material such as packing foam and tin, with which she meticulously designs the exquisite costumes for her models – a subtle critique of our consumer society. And so layer after layer accumulates in her oeuvre, contrast after contrast. Between classic and modern, light and dark, life experience and childlike innocence.

‘She creates a tension and a meeting between the classical and the modern, the constant and the fugitive. Her images radiate an immanence, through the mundane scraps, we glimpse the divine.’
Karen Van Godtsenhoven, associate curator of the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York)

Suzanne Jongmans (Breda, The Netherlands, 1978) is an interdisciplinary artist. She is a seamstress, sculptor, costume designer and photographer. She held her first solo exhibition at the European Economic and Social Committee and has a.o. exhibited at the Welt museum in Vienna and Staatsgalerie Stuttgart. Her commissioned work includes a campaign for Valentino/Moncler and she has been featured in the international press (The Washington Post, on CNN and Die Deutsche Welle).

Dutch artist Suzanne Jongmans creates photographs that echo the old masters, but with a modern twist’
The Observer

Suzanne Jongmans
1978, Hoeven, lives and works in Breda


1996-2000 Academie Voor Beeldende Vorming Tilburg
graduated in Textile Design and Photography

Selected Solo and Group Exhibitions

Gasunie solo, NL
Vorm aan de vecht – Buitenplaats Doornburgh / Priorij, Maarssen, NL
Black Gold Museum, Riyadh SA

Things Matter – Staatsgalerie Stuttgart DE
Dialogues – musée Massay, Tarbes FR
PAN Amsterdam NL
Masterly The Hague NL
KunstRAI Amsterdam

PAN Amsterdam, Galerie Wilms NL
Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam NL
Moving through contrast, (solo) Galerie Wilms NL
Modest Fashion, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam NL
Kindred Spirits, EESC Brussels BE
Munch Fabric Start, Munchen DE
Munch Fabric Start, Munchen DE

Assignment of 3 artworks commissioned by Valentino / Moncler Italy
“Veiled, Unveiled! The Headscarf, Welt museum Wenen, AU
PAN Amsterdam, Galerie Wilms

American embassy, Galerie Wilms
PAN Amsterdam, Galerie Wilms
KunstRAI (solo), Amsterdam, Galerie Wilms
The Duchess, Amsterdam
SALON/CRAFT, Amsterdam
Geldrop Museum (solo)
Miscellaneous II, Venlo Galerie Wilms

PAN Amsterdam, Galerie Wilms
Kindred Spirits, (solo) Venlo, Galerie Wilms
PAN, Galerie Wilms, Amsterdam
KunstRai, Galerie Wilms, Amsterdam
De Cacoafabriek, Helmond
Museum De Kantfabriek, Horst
Gallery Stephany Hoppen, London

PAN, Galerie Wilms, Amsterdam
Mind over Matter , Solo, Galerie Wilms, Venlo
Museum van Bommel Van Dam, Verzameling Venlo, Venlo
Art The Hague, Galerie Wilms, The Hague
a Group show, Gallery Stephanie Hoppen, London
Amphia Ziekenhuis, Solo, Breda
Art Realisme, Galerie Wilms, Amsterdam
KunstRAI, Galerie Wilms, Amsterdam


Art The Hague, Galerie Wilms, The Hague
Through a Glass Darkly, Gallery Stephanie Hoppen, London
LAPADA, Gallery Stephanie Hoppen, London
KunstRai, Galerie Wilms, Amsterdam
Museum ’t Oude Slot, Solo, Veldhoven
Art Realisme, Galerie Wilms, Amsterdam


KunstRai, Galerie Wilms, Amsterdam
Art Realisme, Galerie Wilms, Amsterdam


It’s a Wrap, KOP, Breda
Suzanne Jongmans, Galerie Wilms, Venlo
Zomerexpositie, Gemeentemuseum, The Hague
De Museumwinkel, Galerie Ecker, Breda
Mail Art Project, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven
Group exhibition, De Krabbedans Eindhoven


Essent-Foyer, Chassetheater, Breda
Arti, Galerie Pennings, Den Haag
Stik maar, Museum Kempenland, Eindhoven
Solo, Galerie Pennings, Eindhoven


Oog in oog, KOP, Breda
Duetten, Galerie Ecker, Breda

Openstudio route, Breda Photo, Breda

Duo exhibition, Galerie Wilms, Venlo
Identity, KOP, Breda
Front, Solo exhibition, Chassétheater Breda
Harry Pennings estafetteprijs, Galerie Pennings, Eindhoven

1997        Erasmus Price

NTR Zaterdag Matinee, 2017
Selvedge Magazine (58), Paper, scissors, shoot, Sue Steward, 2014, UK
Palet, Oude Meesters in nieuwe foto’s, Thijs van Kimmenade, 2013, NL
Eindhovens Dagblad, Portretten met een knipoog, Rob Schoonen, 2013, NL
Washington Post,  Flemish art, back to the future , Maura Judkis, 2012, USA
Brabant Cultureel, De kwetsbaarheid van Suzanne Jongmans, Irma van Bommel, 2011, NL
‘Stillevens’ in Tortuga (28) 2011
Elsevier, Moderne Vermeer, Ingrid van der Chijs, 2010 NL
BLINK, Suzanne Jongmans, 2005

-Gasunie Groningen, NL
-Black Gold Museum, Riyadh SA
-Staatsgalerie Stuttgart DE
-musée Massay, Tarbes FR
-American Embassy, NL
-Museum Van Bommel Van Dam, NL
-Valentino, IT

Suzanne Jongmans Galerie Wilms