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Marc Vellekoop

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Panel 1, 2013 Boot Lid, Metal, Automotive Paint
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Panel 1 Close-up, 2013 Boot Lid, Metal, Automotive Paint
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Panel 3 Close-up, 2013 Front Guard, Metal, Automotive Paint
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Panel 4 Close-up, 2013 Front Guard, Metal, Automotive Paint
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Panel 2 Close-up, 2013 Front Guard, Metal, Automotive Paint
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Panel 5 Close-up, 2013 Front Guard, Metal, Automotive Paint
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Panel 7 Close-up, 2013 Bonnet, Metal, Automotive Paint
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Flutterby, 2013 Digital
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Primary Cut © marc vellekoop
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Gouda, The Netherlands
Birth year
1962
Lives in
St Kilda, Victoria
Works in
St Kilda, Victoria
Tags
automotive, automotive paint, Automotive sculpture, pop, modern, abstract, sculpture
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