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Marc Vellekoop

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Birthplace
Gouda, The Netherlands

Birth year
1962

Lives in
St Kilda, Victoria

Works in
St Kilda, Victoria

Website

Tags
sculpture, abstract, modern, pop, Automotive sculpture, automotive paint, automotive

Artist Statement

Born in Gouda, The Netherlands in 1962, I joined the collision repair industry in 1978 and worked as a spray painter, teacher and trainer before moving to Melbourne, Australia in 2005. I am an automotive refinish consultant, paint application and colour specialist for the automotive industry.

To feed my creative hunger I sculpt car body parts and make digital art in my workshop. I attack paint-smothered recycled car panels (used over the years to train spray painters) with grinding, sanding and fine carving tools. The colourful indoor sculptures are polished or clear-coated as a final step.

Professionally, I was trained to create invisible repairs with perfectly matched colour, gloss and texture – in other words repair scratches and apply paint. As a sculptural artist I create scratches and remove paint. My sculptures expose an almost innumerable range of differently coloured paint layers and reveal exciting colours and psychedelic effects. The abstract pieces take the viewer on an unexpected visual journey.

Passionate about technical challenges, I love to push the boundaries of car paint!

Inspirations

Music, street art, abstract expressionism, artists Anton Rooskens, Andy Warhol, and the automotive sculptures of John Chamberlain.

Exhibitions

2015

SCRATCH!
Debut exhibition
No Vacancy Gallery, QV Building Melbourne, Australia
8-23 December

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2014

Linden Postcard Show
Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, Melbourne, Australia
25 October – 6 December

Artists Emerge @ WTC
World Trade Centre, Melbourne, Australia

Selected for ‘Artists Emerge @ WTC’ curated by MARS Gallery
Annual group exhibition of new works by emerging and mid-career artists working in sculpture.
16 July – 24 August


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