Karel Vreeburg

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Karel was Born in 1951 in Wijchen. He just started his search for forms
inside stones in September 2003. Everything he knows about stone now, came to
him during the sculpture process. Stone, in whatever form is for him the most
beautiful material to work in. The limited possibilities of the fragile
material lead him to his own artistic boundaries. When things go wrong in
stone, it is the end of the road. In sculpting he is a self-taught person.
Unlike most sculptors, he is only sculpting the inside of his stones, never the
outside. In the beginning he made simple forms as balls, lenses, rings and
cubes inside stones, now he continues to develop and uncover complex geometries
secretly hidden in stone. Always on the inside of his stones, because it is his
personal view that the original form and integrity of the stone must remain
recognizable and intact even after the work is concluded. His work is strongly
influenced by Escher, and lately also by one of the world’s leading sculptors
Keizo Ushio. As the outside of the stones must remain as intact as possible, it
is the end result that dictates the way of going into the stone. As an artist
he feels that he is uncovering the secret of the inner stone. Part creator but
also as medium, he is giving the stone a voice and freeing its concealed
character. Stone stands symbol for eternity and as mineral, it is a tangible
link to physics and the forces driving the universe. Characteristic of most all
his work is that the original form of the stone can be restored by filling the
sculpture with wet sand in the same color as the stone. In only 10 years he
received worldwide recognition for his works, already received 2 international
awards during the biennales of Florence 2009 and Chianciano 2011. And recently
(2011) a book about his works was written by Bruno Ernst, the man who made
Escher Famous.  Recently someone said about Karel’s work: “It is well
worth following these 'pandemic primordial discoveries".

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