I was born in Tilburg, The Netherlands, in 1942, and have been living and working in Scotland from 1984 until 2018. I moved to Portugal in May 2018, partly because of the increased xenophobia and narrow-mindedness in the UK.
When my high school art teacher suggested art academy in the late 1950's, I ignored it: artists at that time were not known to make a decent living, and besides, my old man would never have approved. So I studied chemistry. I did some painting in the 60's, mostly acrylic on board abstracts. I played bass guitar in various bands, and did gigs until '69. ... and generally bummed about, as you do at that age. In the early 70's I made some welded steel wall sculptures of which two were commissions. I did attend workshops in iron and bronze casting at the Scottish Sculpture Workshop from 2009.
As far as money-generating work is concerned: after the chemistry followed the electronics. From about 1970 until 2007 I have been designing and making scientific instruments: oceanographic, optical and geophysical. I have a BSc equivalent in chemistry, and a MPhil in electronic engineering. And 40+ years of metal work experience. I am a member of ISC and sculpture-network
About my work....
My wall-hanging sculptures usually include optical elements and are closer to abstract than figurative. I work with sheet metals -and sometimes GRP- and combine materials with different characteristics and surface structures. I use chemical and electrochemical methods to attain the required surface finish. For free standing sculptures I love combining the clean perfection and well-defined surfaces of optical elements with the near-organic quality of patinated cast bronze. I am intrigued by the eye, as a window to the soul (whatever that may be) and, in my opinion, an essential part of human communication.
Some of my work is critical of religion. Religion - every religion - is based on unsubstantiated and unsustainable assumptions. Centuries of confirmation bias have impregnated all of human society with religious philosophies, with disastrous results: intolerance, hate, violence, wars, suppression of women, suppression of free creative thinking and unacceptable interference in world affairs.
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