Open days June 2016 with Stefaan Schreel

The first two weekends of June, the new exhibition of Wim De Prez and Stefaan Schreel took place. We presented new sculptures, new paintings and a new art book. It was a whirlwind encounter with a series of new creatures!

New sculptures, new creatures

Wim De Prez has unleashed a newseries of sculptures (or should I call them ‘beasts’?) on the world! When you walked through the front door of the gallery, you were immediately confronted by two new friends in De Prez’s imaginative universe of creatures. A friendly fellow who climbs the walls and a floating giant soaring through space. They also have friends, two brothers who revolve around their own base.

There were a lot of newcomers to the party. Two nephews reminiscent of turtles crawled through the exhibition space. A colorful little guy with his mouth wide open and his tongue all the way out, two brothers lying around on their pedestal and two great dragons flying by, ready to spit fire.

In the garden we find a water spraying sculptures which serves as a water fountain. Also, we find the big nephew of the colorful guy with his mouth wide open from earlier. If you listen carefully, you can hear them yelling …

 

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Fresh paintings!

An exhibition by Wim De Prez is not an exhibition by Wim De Prez if it lacks beautiful paintings. We were not disappointed, we got to see three variants of an abstract figure.

Presentation of an ew art book: Wim De Prez: 1994-2016

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These open days were the ideal time to introduce my new art book. The book extensively covers my artistic career in about 100 pages. The book contains works dating from 1994 to the most recent projects I created. The reader/viewer is guided through the evolution of the artist, from drawings and paintings to sculptures. The book is available for 30 euros.

New pieces by Stefaan Schreel

Stefaan Schreel also participated in the exhibition! He uses iron to make statues of insect-inspired creatures. It looked like our garden was ravaged by a bug infestation! Stefaan Schreel started his artistic career making exclusive furniture pieces in limited editions based on his mastery as a sculptor and always with a preference for iron. By working with contrasting woods and metals in his later pieces, he creates pieces that remain true to both technical and functional logic. Those contrasts were also apparent in his new work.

Interested?

Are you interested in purchasing one of the new works by Wim De Prez or Stefaan Schreel? Contact me.

Bocca Grande: the joyful water fountain with a big mouth

Dear friends, with great pleasure I present to you my latest project: Bocca Grande.

Bocca Grande is a water fountain. In March, I created this sculpture for a customer. This client wanted an original water fountain beside his swimming pool in the typical style of my other sculptures: colorful and humorous.

Bocca Grande is pure fantasy. He is a first class water blower. He’s a bit of a bluffer and an endless talker but he’s really good at spewing about his water. Bocca Grande would like to fly but his work as a water fountain keeps him grounded.

Below, I will tell you how the sculpture came about.

The birth of Bocca Grande

First I designed a 3D computer model of Bocca Grande in the right size and with the right colors. We used this model to mill separate pieces, after which we stuck them together.

Frans, a handy friend of mine, then welded a nozzle for the water fountain. Edwin, who is as handy as Frans, tested the nozzle. After this, we glued the contraption into the mouth of the sculpture and we attached the water supply to the rear of the creature. We then tested the mouth again.

 

After we mounted everything for the water fountain to function perfectly, we finished it with polyester and fiberglass and we painted it. We connected Bocca Grande to the local water supply via the tail. However, the tail was too short for this. That’s why I added an extension.

Finally, Bocca Grande was completely finished. A beautiful fully functional water fountain! With a little good will and some Photoshop the sculpture looks great on a postcard!

Bocca Grande on commission

Bocca Grande was commissioned but is also available on order. The sculpture can be adapted to your specific needs. You can choose the size, color and the how it is connected to the water suppy. Are you interested? Let me know! Who knows, maybe my next Bocca Grande will stand next to your pool!

Mini Chucks: fun under a bell glass

Dear friends,

Three years ago, I decided to take all my Chucks – sculptures that originally were quite large – and make a small version of them in their original colors. It took a while, but I finally did it!

Today, I present to you the “mini versions” of my Chucks.

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The making of Mini Chucks

In the first picture below you can see my Mini Chucks in their original colors. The second photo shows an unfinished version of ‘Noisy’. Behind it, there is a gilded ‘Noisy’: my first Chuck in gold leaf!

In the third and fourth picture you can admire the little statues in close-up. I have to hold them very close to paint them accurately, which you can see on photographs 5, 6 and 7. Fortunately, I have a steady hand!

And perhaps you would not notice, but painting a small figurine requires as much work as painting a big sculpture. Actually, the size makes little difference.

A humble bell glass for every Chuck

I thought it would be nice to put my little Chucks under bell glasses. This gives them a protective shelter, which is very useful, because the fragile figurines have only just started their precious lives.

This is Giga Terry. The name of the original Terry was Tewwy. Some people thought I had a speech empidement, but Tewwy really is his name. Because this was so confusing, I named my next Tewwy ‘Terry’.

This is Giga Barry. He is one part of a pair of identical twins. Barry tries to escape in his tight pants, but he never succeeds. Especially not now that he is under a bell glass.

This is Billy, Barry’s twin sister. Billy is ultramarine blue and matte. This makes a bit of her form disappear. You have to look carefully to find real depth in the figurine. Fascinating!

Noisy wears the same ultramarine blue. Noisy is, as his name suggests, the loudest of the entire family. Because of his colour, he’s less visible. This frustrates him immensely. He can compensate his invisibility with his roar, but not as easily as he would like.

Meet Nano Prince 1 and 2. The original Nano Prince is a very popular sculpture. It always makes spectators laugh. The cheerful colors and asymmetrical shapes of the mini princes will undoubtedly have the same effect.

Finally, this is little Terry 1 and little Terry 2. Terry has a hollow head, just like his big brother. Not exactly flattering for the figure that modelled for this, but every time I explain where the idea comes from, people enjoy it a lot!

What do you think?

What do you think of my little Chucks? Cute? Funny? Something else? I’d like to hear your opinion about this!

Are you interested?

Would you like to take one of my Mini Chucks home? Contact me here.

VIDEO: Birth of The Clarinet – Ghent Clarinet Capital 2015

In my last blog I wrote about the opportunity I received to make an eye-catching trophy in honor of the International Clarinet Competition Ghent and the European Clarinet Festival in Ghent.

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The sculpture titled ‘The Clarinet’ towers 5.20 meters high, so of of course it wasn’t made in five minutes.

In the 2 minute video below, you can see how the sculpture was made. Click on the video and brace yourself for the birth of ‘The Clarinet’.

Would you like more information about Ghent Clarinet Capital 2015 and ‘The Clarinet’? Be sure to check out the interesting report about Ghent Clarinet Capital 2015 on the Cobra website.

Ghent Clarinet Capital 2015: Official start of ‘Clarinet’ -campaign

In 2015 Ghent sets the stage for the prestigious International Ghent Clarinet Competition  and the European Clarinet Festival. Reason enough to proclaim Ghent as the”Ghent Clarinet Capital”.

I’m excited and honored to make this award for such an important festival. I’m very happy it has become a real eye catcher. Below are some pictures of the unveiling of “The Clarinet”.

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Ghent Clarinet Capital 2015 – World class in Ghent

International Music Promotion vzw is an association that organizes projects to stimulate interest for the clarinet and support young artists.

After previous successful editions in 2010 and 2013 International Music Promotion organizes the third International Clarinet Competition in Ghent.  Together with the European Clarinet Festival from April 7 to 18,  Ghent becomes the Clarinet Capital 2015.

 

The Clarinet: Eyecatcher of Ghent Clarinet Capital 2015

In honor of this festive year, I was asked months ago to design a trophy and also an eye-catcher. And so it happened.

I made a trophy and a landmark in a style that is my own: colorful and with the necessary self deprecation and ridicule. This fits nicely with the image I have of the city of Ghent. Ghent is in my opinion always been a city with a stubborn character. No-nonsense and with muchself deprecation and humor.

The image ‘The Clarinet’ is 5.20 meters high. If you look at the sculpture, you see a series of eyes that look bold and challenging in all directions and elicit reactions. Furthermore you see hands that could make music and – because the humor is never far away – the hat of Pierke Pierlala, the eternal sleeper.

 

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