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Kees Ouwens

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Sculptor Kees Ouwens
Kees Ouwens in his sculpture garden at his studio,

About Kees Ouwens

Kees Ouwens has been making stone sculptures since 1982 when he came to japan to study the abstract world of zen-gardens.He has been greatly inspired by the typical use and placements of stones in japan.He first worked in the netherlands and indonesia making abstract "gardens"in which he used stones as his main material.He decided to leave again to japan and build his studio in 1996.Here he is working every-day creating sculptures.
Sculptor Kees Ouwens
Placement of sculpture at Museum of Art matsuyama,

Exhibition History of Kees Ouwens

1986-Gallery Balai-Budaya, Yakarta, Indonesia.
1987-Ishi-exhibition, Amersfoort, Netherlands.
1989-Made sculptures which were used at performances of modern-dance in, Braunschweig, Germany, Luxenburg, Luxenburg and Amsterdam, Netherlands.Gallery De Ploegh, Amersfoort, Netherlands.
1990-Dutch Cultural Centre, Yakarta, Indonesia.
1991-Gallery Plein 1, Hitachi-Data-systems and Slot Zeist, Neherlands.
1993-Organized Kei-Dance Tour, modern dance and stone sculptures, Japan.
1994-Museum Zonnehof, Amersfoort, Netherlands.
1998-Public Space Project, Matsuyama, Japan.
1999-Tanbo-Project, Seiyo, Japan.
2000-Dejima, Nagasaki, Japan.
2001-Uchinuki, Saiyo, Japan.
2002-Kyoto, Japan.
2003-Stone-Fair, Big-site, Tokyo, Japan.
2004-Tanbo-X-Project, Seiyo, Japan.
2007-Gallery Live-Art, Matsuyama, Japan.Florence Biennale, Italy.
2008-Sculpture Key-West, Florida, Union University Sculpture Tour, Tennessee, U.S.A.
2009-Echigo-Tsumari Art-Triennial, Niigata, Japan, Richmond Center for visual Arts, Frostic school of Art, Michigan, U.S.A.
2010-Show of works at Ehime Prefectural Museum of Art, Matsuyama, Japan.
2011-"Best of Show Award" at Art on the River Dubuque-city, Iowa, U.S.A.Made Object "Expectation" at "Festival Arte de la Tierra"at the volcano Paricutin, Michoacan-state, Mexico, Invited to give workshop at Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Mexico at the Art Faculty in Toluca-city, Mexico.
2012-Directed and installed the outside exhibition of textile objects for Izukura Akihiko at the University and Academy Art Center in Hawaii, U.S.A.
Designed and placed a Tea-House at Shofukan Japanese Cultural Center in Rotterdam The Netherlands.
Invited to make an Art Object at the Geumgang Nature Art Biennale in Gongju-city, Korea.

Kees Ouwens

Biography / CV of Kees Ouwens

Kees Ouwens is a self taught sculptor who has his roots in japanese gardens with its abstract use of stone and placements and is because of this always looking for the natural qualities of the material.He strives to bring out the stones natural features, using its shape, form, hardness and usabilities.Working on the hardest stones such as basalt and granite, creating timeless sculptures and "spaces".

Kees Ouwens

Artist Statement of Kees Ouwens

As an artist I am always interested in creating a space with it`s own unique atmosphere through using sculpture.The moment you place a sculpture on a site it changes and actually alters the surroundings immediately in such a strong way that if it was taken away you would really be missing it and the space in which it was previous placed would become empty and incomplete!This quality of sculpture of changing our view, our perception and experience of a place, is very strong and powerful and excites and gives me energy.To fully optimize this quality I have to make sculptures which are strong and will blend into the surroundings.Searching for work which has the quality of permanence, stilness and a balance that feels natural to me.Looking for the lasting and essential.What that might be I really do not know yet, the only way to find out is to work every day.During the process of creating my mind is blank, thinking of nothing.I only use my hands and tools not my mind.I do not have a preconceived idea or design, I just follow my intuition and get inspiration and guidance from the material I work on.Only through attacking, destruction and assembling of the material you can create and maybe make a discovery or find a touch of brilliance.Sculpture is created in only a brief moment of time and is not reproducible.

Awards and Prizes of Kees Ouwens

Sculpture award at Sculpture Key-West, U.S.A.
Best of show Award at Art on the River, Dubuque-city, Iowa, U, S, uA.


1985- Ohtsuki Stone Symposium, Kochi, Japan.
001-Uchinuki Stone Symposium, Seiyo, Japan.

Acquisitions / Collections of work by Kees Ouwens

Private collections in the Netherlands, Indonesia, U.S.A. and Japan.Public collections in the Netherlands, U.S.A and Japan.Ehime Prefectural Museum of Art.

Public Works of Kees Ouwens

2000-Sculpture for Dejima, Nagasaki, Japan.Sculpture garden for elderly-home, Seiyo, Japan.
2001-Sulpture garden for Waseda University, Kitakuyushu, Japan.
2002-Sculpture for building cooperation, Matsuyama, Japan.
2003-Sculptures and gardens at, Kashiba and Honai, Japan.
2005-Peace Monument, uwajima, Japan.
2006-Abstract tea-Garden, Rotterdam, Netherlands, Sculpture for building cooperation, Takamatsu, Japan.
2007-Sculpture for Union University, Tennessee, U.S.A.
2011-Seiyo-city-office Sculpture, Ehime, Japan.
2012-Roterdam-city, Shofukan Japanese Cultural Center, Tea-House.

Teaching Experience

Teikyo High-School Art Teacher.Ozu-city, Japan
Toluca University Sculpture Workshops at the Faculty of Arts, Mexico.

Influences / Inspiration of Kees Ouwens

Abstract Stone Gardens and Nature.

Price Range of Work

Kees Ouwens's work has a price range from £7,500 to £25,000

Mediums utilised

Kees Ouwens's work is found in the following materials:

Artwork Categorised

Kees Ouwens's work is found in the following categories on site:
Garden Or Yard / Outside and Outdoor Sculptures (7)
Abstract Contemporary Modern Outdoor Outside Garden / Yard Sculptures Statues statuary (7)
Modern Abstract Contemporary Avant Garde Sculptures or Statues or statuettes or statuary (5)
Focal Point Abstract Contemporary Modern sculpture statue (3)
Vegetable Sculptures / Statues / statuettes (3)
Abstract Modern Contemporary Sculptures Statues statuettes figurines statuary (2)
Conceptual Art Sculptures Statues often Large or Monumental Abstract Art (2)
Carved Abstract Contemporary Modern sculpture statue carving (2)
Varietal cross section of Floral, Fruit and Plantlife Sculpture
Organic / Abstract Sculpture
Public Art Sculpture
Objets Trouve or Found Objects Sculptures or Statues
Carved Stone, Marble, Alabaster, Soap Stone Granite Lime stone
Primitive or Naive style Sculpture or Statuary
Column Pillar Columnar Stele sculpture statue statuary
Angular Abstract Modern Contemporary sculpture statuary
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