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Eelke van Willegen

artist  |  Eelke van Willegen

Rotterdam

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Eelke van Willegen is a visual artist based in Rotterdam. He creates art of great simplicity. Artless, natural, still and without further ado. The artist is a surfer. Surfing is fun. But surfing is also about reaching an inner tranquillity. Reading the wave. Knowing the water. The flight, a perfect union of body, water, wind and sky. Surfing, plain and simple. But appearances may be deceiving; on closer inspection his ... Read more
Eelke van Willegen is a visual artist based in Rotterdam.

He creates art of great simplicity. Artless, natural, still and without further ado.

The artist is a surfer. Surfing is fun. But surfing is also about reaching an inner tranquillity. Reading the wave. Knowing the water. The flight, a perfect union of body, water, wind and sky. Surfing, plain and simple.

But appearances may be deceiving; on closer inspection his work proves to be complex and carefully thought-out. Form is guided by action. Like the ocean-floor moulds the wave and shapes it according to the tides.
Eelke captures the visible world in either a simple drawing or a three-dimensional work of art. Powerful essentials. Neither easily accomplished, nor easily spot.

The sculptures originated from a wish to translate the drawings into three-dimentional works of art. But they soon claimed their own forceful space. Cutting, grinding, welding and casting became the new motion.
Reading the form, knowing the material. The journey, a union of body, raw material, energy and mass. Working with the raw material instead of using it.

The viewer will have to read the work, like the surfer reads the water. But, for anyone who takes the trouble to look carefully, there will be much to see. It’s as simple as that.

Not easy, yet very forceful. And the sea, the sea…

"Panta rhea - everything flows" Read less
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