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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 collision repair industry.

To feed my creative hunger I sculpt car body parts and make digital art in my workshop in Cheltenham. In my practice I attack paint smothered recycled car panels (used over the years to train spray painters) with grinding, sanding and fine carving tools. The 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

2014

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

Artists Emerge At WTC
World Trade Centre, Melbourne

Selected for ‘Artists Emerge At WTC’ (World Trade Centre, Melbourne), curated by MARS Gallery
– An annual group exhibition of new works by emerging and mid-career artists working in sculpture.
16 July - 24 August

My first solo exhibition will be in Melbourne in December 2015.


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