Hans Van de Bovenkamp


Hans Van de Bovenkamp Biography

Dutch, b. 1938

Renowned 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 its signature power, lyricism, and grand proportions -- heightens the viewer's sense of imagination and discovery.

A Dutchman and a youthful immigrant to Ontario, Canada, and then the United States, he was a part of the avant-guard Tenth Street scene in the New York City of the 1960s, an adherent of Abstract Expressionism, and has maintained residences in New York City and Sagaponack in the Hamptons. Mr. Van de Bovenkamp has earned an international reputation in the past 50 years for designing, fabricating, and installing over 100 unique commissioned sculptures and fountains in collaboration with architects, cities, museums, and private individuals. His works can be seen in public, civic, corporate and private collections. Recent solo exhibitions include Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ, and the Danubiana Meulensteen Museum, Bratislava, Slovakia.

“I find myself working towards an art which includes a spiritual dimension. I have become increasingly aware of art as a dialogue between matter and spirit. In recent works, I have emphasized myth, symbol and dream to evoke an atmosphere in which the sculpture and its environment speak to the subconscious to make the observer aware of the dreamlike nature of life, of which we all are part.”

1958-61, University of Michigan, BS Science & Design, Ann Arbor, Ml
1958, School of Architecture, Amsterdam, Holland

2016, Louis Meisel Gallery, New York, New York
2014, Adelphi University, Garden City, New York
2013, Samuel Lynne Gallery, Dallas, Texas
2012, Lyceum Gallery, Northampton, New York
2011, Louis Meisel Gallery, New York, New York
2011, Bernarducci Meisel Gallery, New York, New York
2008, Goldeman Warehouse, Wynwood District, Florida
2007, Sculpturesite Gallery, San Francisco, California
2007, Basel Miami Art Fair, Goldman Warehouse, Miami, Florida
2007, Basel Miami Art Fair, Gary Nader Fine Art, Miami, Florida
2006, Westchester Sculptor’s Guild, White Plains, NY
2006, Danubiana Meulensteen Museum, Bratislava, Slovakia
2005, Hillwood Art Museum, Brookville, NY
2005, Sculpturesite Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2005-06, Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ
2003, Sagaponack Sculpture Fields, New York, NY
2003, Bernarducci Meisel Gallery, New York, NY
2003, Louis Meisel Gallery, New York, NY
2000, City of Ft. Lauderdale, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
1999, Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ
1996, Michener Museum, Doylestown, PA
1996, Stamford Museum, Stamford, CT
1988, Chicago Art Fair, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
1982, Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA
1981, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
1979, Sculpture Center, New York, NY
1978, Nassau County Art Museum, Nassau, NY
1978, PS1 Contempory Art Museum, Queens, NY
1977, National Academy of Design, New York, NY
1976, American Institute of Arts & Letters, New York, NY
1976, Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY
1973, 76 Storm King Art Center, Cornwall, NY
1970, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
1968, Stamford Museum, Stamford, CT
1965, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY
1964, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX
1963, New York University, New York, NY
1961, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Ml

Youngstown Museum, Youngstown, OH
Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY
Nebraska Bicentennial, Sidney, NE
University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
State Capital Plaza, Lansing, Ml
Estate of Nelson Rockefeller,
Towsend Museum of Art, Towsend University, Townson, MD
Lowe Museum, Coral Gables, FL
Museum of Fine Art, Miami University, Oxford, OH
Texas A & M University, College Station, TX
Myriad Gardens, Oklahoma City, OK
Boca Raton Museum of Fine Art, Boca Raton, FL
Staten Island Community College, Staten Island, NY
City of Ormond Beach, Ormond Beach, FL
City of Toledo, Toledo, OH

2003, Best Sculpture Award, Guild Hall, East Hampton, NY
1996-2004, Listing, Who Is Who in American Art ,
1996, Sanctuary Design Competition, Omega Holistic Health Institute, Rhinebeck, NY
1976, Exhibition, American Institute Arts & Letters, New York, NY
1976, Nebraska Bicentennial Sculpture Competition, Sydney, NE
1964, Emily Lowe Sculpture Award, New York, NY

Advisory Boardmember - Institute for Symbolic Studies
Advisory Boardmember - Omega Institute
Member - International Sculpture Center
Member - New York Sculptors Guild
Member - Royal Society of British Sculptors

1995, “Art Farm”, Nat Boxer
1972, “Barn on the Road”, New York University
1988, “Hans Van de Bovenkamp”, John Frank
1988, “Tillson Farm”, University of Missouri

1989, Allan/Lavalin Art Show Dorothy Gillespy, Montreal, Canada
1988, AMLI Installation, Itasca, IL
1987, City Hall, City of Voorhees, NJ
1986, Documentary, Meredith La Port, Channel 17, Miami, FL
Menos Sculpture Installation, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
Menos Sculpture Presentation, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
“Hans’s 50th Birthday Party” Installation Trinity, Kingston, NY & MoosArt Gallery, Miami, FL