Marc Vellekoop

    Attributes

    • Male
    • Abstract expressionist

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    About the artist

    Born in Gouda, The Netherlands in 1962, I joined the collision repair industry in 1978 and worked as a spray painter, teacher and trainer before moving to Melbourne, Australia in 2005.
    I am an automotive refinish consultant, paint application and colour specialist for the automotive industry.

    To feed my creative hunger I sculpt car body parts and make digital art in my workshop. I attack paint-smothered recycled car panels (used over the years to train spray painters) with grinding, sanding and fine carving tools. The colourful indoor sculptures are polished or clear-coated as a final step.

    Professionally, I was trained to create invisible repairs with perfectly matched colour, gloss and texture – in other words repair scratches and apply paint. As a sculptural artist I create scratches and remove paint. My sculptures expose an almost innumerable range of differently coloured paint layers and reveal exciting colours and psychedelic effects.
    The abstract pieces take the viewer on an unexpected visual journey.

    Passionate about technical challenges, I love to push the boundaries of car paint!

    Inspirations

    Music, street art, abstract expressionism, artists Anton Rooskens, Andy Warhol, and the automotive sculptures of John Chamberlain.

    Exhibitions

    2015

    SCRATCH!
    Debut exhibition
    No Vacancy Gallery, QV Building Melbourne, Australia
    8-23 December

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    2014

    Linden Postcard Show
    Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, Melbourne, Australia
    25 October – 6 December

    Artists Emerge @ WTC
    World Trade Centre, Melbourne, Australia

    Selected for ‘Artists Emerge @ WTC’ curated by MARS Gallery
    Annual group exhibition of new works by emerging and mid-career artists working in sculpture.
    16 July – 24 August

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