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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

Representing galleries
http://www.saatchionline.com/marcvellekoop

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

Artist Statement

A spray painter by trade, I sculpt with automotive paint and make digital art. The contrasting colours, gloss levels and textures of the finished pieces stimulate senses through sight and touch.

I work with recycled automotive panels, used over the years to train spray painters. The multiple layers of paint (anywhere between 10 and 300) reveal exciting colours and psychedelic effects.

Professionally I was trained to create invisible repairs on car panels with perfectly matched colour, gloss and texture. However, what I create with my sculptures is pure anarchy and the opposite of an invisible repair.

How I work

I strip back the layers of paint from automotive panels including bonnets, doors, boot lids, guards and roof panels.

I rip into the material using grinding/sanding techniques to create 3D layered surfaces. In other words, removing layers as opposed to applying paint, except for the final step when the piece might be clear-coated.

Music influences my art. Sometimes I want to listen to rock-electric guitars. The next moment I want something funky with more flow, less aggression. The different patterns, colours and transitions reflect this.

Inspirations

The mystery is what lies underneath. I like the challenge of the unknown, having no idea what colors may be revealed.

My inspirations include street art, abstract impressionism, the pop art of Andy Warhol and the late American automotive sculptor John Chamberlain.


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