Sculptor Emile van der Kruk works in a variety of materials: paper, bronze, plastic and wood. His preference is wood, as it is a living material, showing its age with its rings.
Emile’s works bear a certain tension due to the inherent contradictions within them. The style in which Emile works is intentionally rough and strong, showing the marks of his chainsaw and gouge. Yet the sculptures are sophisticated and often tender. Contradictory forces are made into a unity: male and female, cheeriness and seriousness, weakness and strength, humour and drama.
The sculptures of Emile play with dimensions. From one angle they appear three dimensional. However, from another angle they are not really, surprising the onlooker. Often the works are painted, however not covering the wood texture but rather accentuating it.
The sculptures have many layers. At first one sees the image as is. Then it appears that what looks logical is not logical at all, similarly to Escher’s works. Also the image contrasts more and more with the material used and gradually the composition reveals itself and tells a story. A story which also has various layers.
Emile van der Kruk, 1956, studied at the art academies of Rotterdam and Amersfoort. He also studied history of art at the Rijksuniversiteit Utrecht.
His works are part of the collection of the museums “Het Depot”, SingerMuseum, Gemeente Museum Kampen and Amersfoortse Zonnehof Museum. His work is part of many private and public collections in The Netherlands and other European countries.