Hans van de Bovenkamp
Dutch / American, b. 1938
Hans Van de Bovenkamp is an architectural designer and a sculptor. He has earned an international reputation over the past 40 years for designing, fabricating, installing and maintaining unique sculptures and fountains in collaboration with architects and designers. Renowned for his monumental sculpture created primarily for open-air public locales, Hans Van de Bovenkamp work with its signature power, lyricism, and grand proportions heightens the viewer's sense of imagination and discovery.
A Dutchman, van De Bovenkamp emigrated to Ontario, Canada, and then the United States. He was a part of the avant-guard Tenth Street scene in the New York City of the 1960s, an adherent of Abstract Expressionism. Van de Bovenkamp has earned an international reputation over the past 55 years for designing, fabricating, and installing over 100 unique commissioned sculptures and fountains in collaboration with architects, cities, museums, and private individuals. Recent solo exhibitions include Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ, the Danubiana Meulensteen Museum, Bratislava, Slovakia and Season of Sculpture, Sarasota Marine Park, Florida. His works can be seen in public, civic, corporate and private collections. He has executed over 100 commissions.
"I find myself working towards an art which includes a spiritual dimension. I have become increasingly aware of art as a dialogue between matter and spirit. In recent works, I have emphasized myth, symbol and dream to evoke an atmosphere in which the sculpture and its environment speak to the subconscious to make the observer aware of the dreamlike nature of life, of which we all are part."
- Hans van De Bovenkamp