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David Vanorbeek - Metal art Sculptures -

Frankreich (France)


Kunstart: Skulptur
Technik: Metall
Stil: Abstrakt

David Vanorbeek is a sculptor who lives and works in the south of france. In recycled metals he makes figurative and abstract sculptures.

Vita / Lebenslauf:
Metal speaks to me.

Firstly it calls to me, drawing me to it with a magnetic pull that is impossible to resist. I might be walking or driving when suddenly I know for certain that discarded and abandoned metal is nearby, waiting for me to find it. And I always do.

And then, when I see the beauty of the metal, it speaks to me again, telling me how it must be worked and shaped into a piece of sculpture that everyone can enjoy and share.

For me, the great joy in my work comes from turning something considered worthless into the artwork it becomes. In this way I am showing my respect for the metal.

The thread that runs like red wire through all my work is recycling. If I could, I would turn all the old metal and scrap iron I find into a museum of modern art. Just thinking of this idea makes my heart beat faster.

My work has developed and taken different directions over the past ten years, but was originally inspired by insects. In the same way, I see the beauty in these tiny and delicate, but at the same time immensely strong and powerful creatures, I see beauty in the intricate details of metal.

But recreating insects as a piece of sculpture I believe I give them the status and respect they deserve. Many people have told me that their eyes have been opened to the beauty of insects after seeing my sculptures, and that they no longer instinctively kill an insect when they see one. That is the best compliment my work could have.

Much of my current work is in a more abstract form, but it is still very often inspired by my respect for the natural world. Look at one of my metal wire abstracts and you may see the texture or shape of a spider’s abdomen at its core, look at another and you might decide you see the movement of a swarm of bees.

And even though I am currently enjoying working in the abstract form, if I am asked to create a new insect sculpture I do it with all the original joy and pleasure. I consider it a privilege to be able to do this – for the insects and for the metal.

I know, for certain, that iron, steel, all forms or metal feel right in my hands. People ask me, how do I get my ideas? I can only reply that I don’t need ideas, I need metal. And when I see the metal, I let it speak, I let it direct, and the ideas come.

Aktivitäten / Ausstellungen:
• Professional artist since 1999, self-taught

• I exhibit in galleries, on art curcuits and in garden and lifestyle expos internationally.


* Exhibition in "Poulet de Gruissan" Gallery, Gruissan, (Fr) 13 December 2008 – 11 January 2009
* Till 20 Februari 2010: Golf du Claux Amic, Grasse (Cote d'Azur, France)

* Sentier Sculpturel de Mayronnes 6 april till 25 september (Aude / France)
* En chemin! Artistes a suivre from 21 till 24 may (Haute Vallée de l'Aude/ France)
* Sculptour, galleries Beukenhof may till september Kluisbergen (Belgium)
* Art in the gardens, Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, 23 may till 31 october, Hampshire, England
* Galerie d'art du musée "Le 1900" , 1 juin till 31 juin, Lagrasse (Aude / France)
* Les marbières de Caunes-minervois, fête de la sculpture et du marbre 14 juin (Aude / France)
* El-DRAC en Benicarlo, 25 june till 26 july, MUCBE, Benicarlo, Spain
* La vuelta del arte, 02.08.2009 - 30.08.2009,Cervera del Maestre, Castellon, Spain
* Echanges Artistiques Catalogne du 24 july au 9 august ,Mas de l'Ille, Port Barcares (Pyrénées-orientales/ France)
* Open Blik Dagen, 4/6/13/20 september , Oog'n'Blik Arthouse (Oppuurs / Belgium)
* Apimondia, from 16 till 19 september (Le Corum, Palais des Congrès Montpellier / France)
* La maison Bonnal from 14 septembre till 11 oktobre (Le Somail /France)
* Les grands chemins du 23 october au 4 november au coeur du minervois (Aude / France)


* Chemin des Artistes de la Haute Vallée de l'Aude (FR), 1–4 May
* Sentier sculptural de Mayronnes 2008, Mayronnes (Aude, FR), 7 April – 26 September
* L'art sur place, dans les jardins des abattoires (Toulouse, FR), 6 April
* Golf du Claux Amic, Grasse (Cote d'Azur, FR), 20 February 2008 – 20 February 2009


* Salon d'automne de Colomiers, invité d'Honneur (Toulouse - Fr), 5–14 October
* L'art s'invite à Magrie, 1er prix de la sculpture (Aude FR), 29–30 September
* Rue des arts in Carla Bayle (Ariège, FR), 24 June – 1 September
* Galerie d'Espace d'Art, à Rennes-les-Bains (Aude, FR), 2–14 June
* Chemin des Artistes de la Haute Vallée de l'Aude à Nébias (Aude, Fr). 17–19 May
* Les puces des art à Bayonne (FR), 11–12 May


* "Vernissage Salle Petra Ficta", Peyrifitte du Razès, Aude (Fr), 7–8 October
* ESPACE SCULPTURAL - Parc & Galerie at Sculpteur Bernard Verhaeghe (ploegsteert- B.), summer months
* Parc sculpturele Galeries Beukenhof, Kwaremont (B), summer months
* "Expo collective" Jardin du Château de Valmer, Chançay (FR), summer months
* Chemin des artistes, Aude, (FR), 25–28 May
* Metapro, Metalworking Industry Trade Fair - Brussels (B), 15–18 February


* CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL Toulouse (Fr), 1 May – 30 August
* "Chemin des artistes" at Rennes-le-Chateau (Aude , FR) 40 artistes, 20 villages, 4–8 May


* Planckendael Zoo (B) - project 'Magisch Planckendael'
* Exhibition - 'Les journées des insectes', Perpignan (FR)
* Helleborus greenhouse (all year) (B)
* Galerie La maison du Chevalier, Carcassonne (FR)
* Bourse des insectes, Lyon (FR)
* Parcour d'art, Lagrasse (FR)
* Parcour d'art, Vieussan: bar-resto "Le Lézard Bleu"(FR)
* Group exhibition: galerie "La maison du Chevalier", Carcassonne (FR)
* Bourse exposition internationale insectes et arachnides, Juvisy sur Orge, Paris
* Château Ollieux Romanis, Monséret (FR)
* Galeries Beukenhof: jardin des sculptures (B)
* 5e festival international du film de l'insecte (FIFI), Prades (FR)
* Jardin extraordinaire et galerie Artchoum, Lieurac (FR)
* Sculptures chez paysagite JF. Taffin, Montmorency, Paris (FR)
* Foire d'art internationale Lineart - galeries Beukenhof, Gent (B)


* Galeries: Holmeshoeve, Middelkerke (B), 't Wit Blad, Watou (B), Gallery, Panningen (NL)
* Brazilian praying mantis, Antwerp Zoo
* Art circuit Lichtaart (B)
* "Art above the water", De creatievloot, Ghent (bat)
* Chelsea Flower Show, London (UK)
* "Kunst Event", Eindhoven (NL)
* "International Salon of contemporary Art", Libramont (B)


* Art circuit Lichtaart (B) 3d public prize (3/111)
* Internationaal film festival for insects, University Gembloux (B)


* Art above the water (Oud Heverlee) 3d public prize, (3/44) Mating dragonflies: bought by de Kasteeltuinen van Arcen (Venlo - NL)
* Project "Ark of Noë for flowers", Antwerp Zoo (B)

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Werkgruppe: Metal Art Sculptures
300 x 300 x 50 cm
Preis: 12.500 Euro
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Werkgruppe: Metal Art Sculptures
45 x 200 x 45 cm
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Werkgruppe: Metal Art Sculptures
50 x 250 x 50 cm
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