Gerard Engels

Twee paarden ('Two horses')

Location: Flux building

Gerard Engels (Liessel, 1945) starts out working in wood: abstract objects, inspired on vertebrae and fruit. He gradually evolves a more figurative style and around 1980 he shifts to bronze, as "Wood has no eternal value, bronze does."

Engels studies at the Eindhoven Academy of Industrial Design, focussing on three-dimensional objects. He intends to become an independent designer, but for that there proves to be little demand. He takes up teaching, having completed a course in teaching manual crafts.

In 1987 he attends a workshop in CAD-CAM at the Academy of Industrial Design. His mastery of the tool is such that he begins to teach its use at the same institution. He uses it regularly to visualize designs, for example to give clients an impression of how a design for a large horse statue will look on a square in the town of Vught.

Engels' work consists mainly of horses and torsoes, made in a characteristic style. His sculptures often seem to be composed of strips. He begins applying strips of wax, (nearly) closes the gaps between them using a spatula and then creates structure. Engels uses no frames inside his hollow sculptures, they must be able to support themselves. Finally the sculptures are baked in a kiln.