Studio Job - Sinking Ship

Studio Job was founded in 1998 by Job Smeets in the renaissance spirit, combining traditional and modern techniques to produce once-in-a-lifetime objects. At once highly specific and yet entirely universal, personally expressive and yet experimental, Studio Job has crafted a body of work that draws upon classical, popular and contemporary design and highly visual and sculptural art.



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Sinking Ship

This piece reflects the pretentiousness of how we are living in a self-declared ‘grand developed society’, but in the end that ship will inevitably sink, like the unsinkable Titanic – (Whitewall Magaine, 2017) 


Each Sinking Ship piece, sinks under its own flag.

  • Year
  • 2015
  • Table Sculpture
  • 65 x 94 x 59 cm
  • Materials
  • Polished and patinated bronze, paint, 24-karat gilding
  • Drawing
  • 75 x 110 x 4 cm
  • Materials
  • Ink, paper, facet cut glass, Slurray


the Sinking Ship sculpture made its' debut at the exhibition “Mad House” at The Museum for Arts, New York in March, 2016 and then went on to the Venice Biennale in 2019.


Historically nothing really changes

The “Sinking Ship” is related to what is happening in Europe right now, it represents the fall of old Europe reflecting the recent political sentiments in this time we are living in, with all the threats and instability, the pretentiousness and manipulation of the politics.


Back at the turn of the last century the Titanic was representative of a modern society that believed it was invincible and could never fail, they built this ship the represented all the luxury of the modern life but on is maiden voyage sank. Historically nothing really changes and we walk the same track every time and make the same mistakes as a society believe we are invincible.


’Studio Job MAD HOUSE’ was a culmination in Studio Job’s trend for curating exhibitions of their own work dating back to 2009’s ’Studio Job Gallery’, and 2011’s ’Studio Job Lounge’ and ’Studio Job House’.



About the MAD HOUSE show


Studio Job MAD HOUSE was the first American solo exhibition of the work of Studio Job.

For this exhibition, Studio Job transformed two floors of the Museum of Arts and Design into an immersive experience. Referencing arts patronage, collecting, and display, the works were presented as if they reside in a collector’s home—organized not by chronology, but rather in accordance with imagined narratives that combine elements of history, irony, and fantasy.


The exhibition featured a variety of media and forms, including art objects, furniture, sculpture, lighting, interiors, and wall and floor coverings in an immersive installation conceived by the artists uniquely for MAD.


The commitment to craftsmanship reflects an ongoing interest in the revival of traditional applied arts practices, such as bronze casting, gilding, marquetry, stained glass, and faience, but with a contemporary approach. The atelier operates in the manner of an Old Master artist studio by engaging the skills of the most talented artisans in the production of their work.