Inside the Mind of Hans Van de Bovenkamp

When you see my art, you see my heart. - Hans Van de Bovenkamp

Best known for his monumental sculpture created primarily for open-air public locales, Hans Van de Bovenkamp has been described as an artist-mystic whose work with gateways and portals, inspired by prehistoric menhirs like those of Stonehenge, intends a warm, welcoming, and transformative experience.

Van de Bovenkamp was born in Garderen, Holland in 1938; attended the School of Architecture, Amsterdam, Holland in 1958; and then studied architecture at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Ml from 1959 to 1961. Soon after, Van de Bovenkamp moved to New York City and joined the avant-garde 10th Street Scene where his work was greatly influenced by abstract expressionists, especially artist and former neighbor Willem de Kooning.

Maintaining residencies in New York City, Sagaponack in the Hamptons, and Las Vegas, the artist has earned an international reputation in the past 55 years for designing, fabricating, and installing over 100 unique commissioned sculptures and fountains in collaboration with architects, cities, museums, and private individuals. During the course of his career, Van de Bovenkamp has been commissioned to create works for various museums and municipalities such as the Estate of Nelson Rockefeller, located in Kykuit, New York; the State Capital Plaza in Lansing, Michigan; City Hall in Voorhees, New Jersey; the City of Toledo, Ohio; Myriad Gardens in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; the Jing'an Sculpture Park in Shanghai, China; as well as dozens of others. Van de Bovenkamp's work is in the collection of the Butler Institute of American Art (Youngstown, OH), Lowe Art Museum (Coral Gables, FL), Boca Raton Museum of Art (Boca Raton, FL), and many other public and private collections worldwide.

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On exhibit at Enterprise Library from June 18 through August 20, 2024

Monday: 10:00AM – 8:00PM
Tuesday: 10:00AM – 8:00PM
Wednesday: 10:00AM – 8:00PM
Thursday: 10:00AM – 8:00PM
Friday: 10:00AM – 6:00PM
Saturday: 10:00AM – 6:00PM
Sunday: 10:00AM – 6:00PM