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Onno Dröge

Woodsculptures on panel & ceramic

The art of Onno Dröge is an ode to femininity. In his work, the admiration for women is reflected. There is no lack of the erotic. Lust, love and desire are his main themes.

 

Natural materials:

Through a combination of materials, forms, colours and background, Onno creates a heavenly sphere. He hopes everyone who admires his art experiences some of this feeling. On the surface of his ceramic works, you must be able to feel the chamotte (little stones). For the artist, this is a way to connect with his beloved raw earth or rocks. To his woodsculptures applies that the wood should remain visible to behold its natural appearance.

 

Forms:

The objects are usually geometric, and have female forms. The combination of those female forms and natural materials makes the abstract sculptures look fleshy.

 

Colours:

The colours that are used hold a supernatural significance for the artist. Think of the beautiful colours of flowers and trees, sea, water, clouds, sky, sun and animals. Colours have a great impact on mankind and are able to give you a divine feeling.

 

Applications:

In the ceramic works, the artist also makes use of glass that melts during the ceramic firing process, giving it a smooth surface. This smooth surface contrasts sharply with the rough earthly structure of the ceramic and represents the soft water.

 

New work:

Onno’s most recent work exists of wood sculptures that are all combined with a painted panel. The sculpture seems to stand apart from the panel, which serves as decor. Because of this, the sculpture seems to hover. The shadow of the dynamic sculptures that falls on the panel represents the attendance of the spirit. During the process of making, the artist gets his inspiration through the endless search for the fate of mankind, the here and now, new values and the meaning of the big why.

 

Toll Sculpture: ceramic object (2001)

The toll represents the love for the feminine. This is expressed through the round form and the ceramic surface, which has a natural fleshy character. The colour and curved lines that are applied to the toll represent the ultimate feeling of love and affection.

 

The Rising sun (2000) This work represents the ultimate feeling of warmth and the light that the sun gives us. The curves and the ceramic surface again represent the feminine. Onno found inspiration for his ceramic work (1992-2001) travelling around the Mediterranean area. Especially Petra, an old ruin city in Jordan that is situated in a ravine surrounded by rocks south of the Dead Sea. Here, Onno was enchanted by the ancient culture, which shows in his ceramic works. In his sculptures, he wants to express both something original and something modern.

 

Onno Dröge is born in Roermond in the Netherlands in 1961. I was Studying at the High school of art in Maastricht the Studie ceramics ending 1992 and at he the High School of Art in Utrecht ending 2005 in Art and Education. Art and inspiration. The art of Onno Dröge is an ode to femininity. In his work, the admiration for women is reflected. There is no lack of the erotic. Lust, love and desire are his main themes.

I'm the 3rd child out of five. Our parents have been emotionally challenged as we almost all brought along a period of worries. I myself for exemple got seriously stuck at birth and had an accident at the age of 9 through which I got into a coma. I came out of it three weeks later and had to learn how to speak and walk again. I don't know which of the two situations made that I could not be a great student such as my brothers and sisters. I was smart, but to slow to keep up with the standards of others. Already as a child I loved to build sculptures with sand, blocks, meccano, LEGO and clay. My personal interest in art came to blossom during the many holidays I spent with my family in beautiful places in south Mediterranean countries as France, Italy, Marocco and Jordan. I was, and am still, attracted by the bluishness of the see together with the rough, stoney and sandy landscape. You can imagine that in this perspective I got enormously impressed by the City of Petra, due to its superb colours and to its austerious templesculptures in the rough rocks. This is how I became, as an adolescent, fond of the contrast 'soft, round versus rough'. As a young adult I worked at a bank where it was tough to keep up with the expectations. When my mother was diagnosed with the disease MS, I realised that life is short and so I decided to inscribe for evening studies for art at Stadsacademie voor Beeldende Kunsten in Maastricht. During studies and after my degree in 1992 there were some life changing moments: I met my partner, got fired at the bank and temped a while before starting my own little art school for children and adults, had my first exhibitions with clay objects, became a father of two children and got two teaching degrees in art (one for primar school and one for middle school). Let's say, it was a process of going home to my heart and to my skills.

 

How would you describe yourself and your artwork?

“My soul is strongly inclined to softness and roundness, to fluid lines and shapes, to space in and around my objects. In my objects, I like to refer to the spirit world and the heavenly atmosphere, represented through the fluent shapes, the presence of shadow and the colors.

 

Where do you get your inspiration from?

From landscapes, the cities and villages, food, fashion, architecture, the coast, creative people, musea and other artists. When I get inspired (or looking for inspirement) I like to first draw for hours in a drawing copy-book. Where do you get your inspiration from? From landscapes, the cities and villages, food, fashion, architecture, the coast, creative people, musea and other artists. When I get inspired (or looking for inspirement) I like to first draw for hours in a drawing copy-book.

 

What emotions do you hope the viewers experience when looking at your art?

Through the shapes I hope to translate love, affection, the earthly and spiritual life, mystic. Because life is a kind of puzzle of many situations, conditions, experiences and feelings. I hope to bring the viewer closer to his/her own (spiritual) heart.

 

 

 

 

 

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Soft lines

wooden sculpture on painted (wooden) panel

80 x 80 cm

 

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