Glass; a challenging material that causes surprise and pushes bounderies

The sculptures speak of an artist with tremendous creative urge, an unbridled imagination and a world that makes you happy and feel touched. Eastern and Western influences melt together, spirituality, Buddhism, love of life, tragedy and humour go hand in hand. Antoon van Wijk changes course when necessary. No repetitions, but surprise, surprise and pushing boundaries to come up with something else every time, regardless of the expectations of the outside world.

Loving Fish Buddha

Loving Fish Buddha main

Sculpture made of glass and bronze
Sizes: 57 x 30 cm
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Fish Bird

fish bird main

Sculpture made of bronze
Sizes: 50 x 35 cm
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Ganesh Buddha

Ganesha Buddha main

Sculpture made of bronze
Sizes: 63 x 35 cm
Unique

It is now thirty years since he enters the studio complex next to glass artist Richard Price, whom he helps to build ovens and creating programs for casting glass and to form it. Glass did not come on his path until his trip to India. Antoon wanted to make a woman's head that he had seen there. Soon after the story of Buddha’s with large glass antennae on the head followed.

From left to right

Dutch Meditation: 59 x 35 cm
The Thinker II: 40 x 45 cm
Temple of Wisdom: 45 x 25 cm
All three sculptures are made of glass and bronze and are unique

Memories

7 main

Sculpture made of glass and bronze
Sizes: 63 x 35 cm
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There are very few glass artists who do similar work as Antoon´s, because he could not and would not walk beaten tracks and therefore also built his own oven. He developed his own casting technique with oxides to colour the glass, a week-long process for a single sculpture with enormous risks while cooling the glass. There were also benefits; the glass casting in this manner –just like bronze casting- makes it possible for the glass to adapt any desired shape. Glass is a hard material, but that also makes it challenging. Antoon wants to control it. Rarely there are glass artists almost always destroy the material and remove the shine off it. Where most exploit the transparency of the material, Antoon makes his massive cast sculptures opaque and paints them with gold to give them depth. Yet Antoon thinks this material can also express the fragility of life. Life is fluid and fragile like glass. It can be ground, blown, fused and cast and brings Antoon a soothing clarity. Antoon also shows many other types of glass, he combines the glass with bronze and makes both indoor- and outdoor sculptures, sometimes opaque and sometimes transparent with shine. Antoon saves everything directly, he has a visual memory.

Ballerina

Red Beak main

Sculpture made of glass and bronze
Sizes: 76 x 23 cm
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Statue of a cow

Cows main

Sculpture made of bronze
Sizes: 63 x 35 cm
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Stupa

5 main

Sculpture made of glass and bronze
Sizes: 84 x 35 cm
Unique

Antoon is in the process of creating his art at his best when he gets into a kind of flow in which he finds unity and peace. In the flow in which the new work arises, the process will be different, but the main thing will be about the will to create and it´s mystery. Antoon is very interested in mystery, it is also a reason why many animals are a theme in his art.

Dodo

6 main

Sculpture made of glass and bronze
Sizes: 100 x 75 x 120 cm
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Flying Fish

Fish Vase main

Sculpture made of bronze
Sizes: 45 x 40 cm
Unique

The Vehicle

Car main

Sculpture made of glass and bronze
Sizes: 90 x 70 x 36 cm
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ANTOON VAN WIJK

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Antoon van Wijk is a Dutch sculptor who was born in 1952 and lives in Holland. Together with Richard Price, Antoon van Wijk is the founder of the glass casting technique. Antoon creates very quirky, imaginative sculptures. They are playful and exuberant and often elicit a mild smile from the viewer. Antoon is known as specific glass artist. Yet he also likes to work with bronze. In his works he shows that, in addition to the techniques of glassblowing and bronze casting, he even mastered glass casting to perfection. He knows how to combine several materials with different techniques, making very special and fascinating art sculptures. Antoon gets his inspiration during his travels through India and Indonesia. He is fascinated by the oriental religions and the palpable mystical atmospheres. The oriental influences are reflected in the use of the entire palette of colors and the special use of gold. The shapes are also inspired by the East. He builds temples with animal figures. These animals have human features and emotions, leading to endearing scenes. Antoon combines Buddhist statues with elements of the Western culture and Eastern mysticism. For Antoon life itself is like liquid glass. "Nothing is certain, life and glass can be shaped in different ways. Once cooled and solidified glass and human feelings are just as fragile.”

See more on his website