Hans Van de Bovenkamp Dutch/American, b. 1938


Van de Bovenkamp’s works are marked by their signature dominance, lyricism, and awe-inspiring presence which enhance the viewer’s experience of fantasy, imagination, and discovery. The sculptor’s careful attention to scale, material, content, and form elevates these creations to a certain sacred sense of place that harkens back to such ancient monuments as Stonehenge. Such sculptures dynamically interact with both the natural and the man-made architectural spaces they inhabit. Through twisting, animated, and sinewy curving forms Van de Bovenkamp seemingly breathes life into these inanimate objects, transforming inorganic forms into organic ones while seducing the viewer’s eye and very being. The artist explains in his own words:


“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.”


Best Sculpture Award, Guild Hall, East Hampton, NY (2003)

Listing, Who Is Who in American Art (1996-2004)

Sanctuary Design Competition, Omega Holistic Health Institute, Rhinebeck, NY (1996)

Exhibition, American Institute Arts & Letters, New York, NY (1976)

Nebraska Bicentennial Sculpture Competition, Sydney, NE (1976)

Emily Lowe Sculpture Award, New York, NY (1964)

Selected Major Commissions

Corporate Business Park, Columbia, MD (2001)

Mt. Sinai Hospital, Miami, FL (1998)

Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills, CA (1997)

Neiman Marcus, Paramus, NJ (1996)

Mayer Collection, Denver, CO (1993)

Marina Village, Alameda, CA (1990)

Spring Lake, Chicago, IL (1988)

Haverstraw Marina, Haverstraw, NY (1986)

Christiania, Tarrytown, NY (1984)

Litwin Building, 72nd & 2nd Ave, New York, NY (1980)

Cargill, Minneapolis, MN (1977)

Parker Towers, New York, NY (1974)

Jewish Institute, Lake Success, NY (1972)

Levitt Headquarters, Lake Success, NY (1966)

Selected Exhibitions

Westchester Sculptor’s Guild, White Plains, NY (2006)
Danubiana Meulensteen Museum, Bratislava, Slovakia (2006)
Hillwood Art Museum, Brookville, NY (2005)
Sculpturesite Gallery, San Francisco, CA (2005)
Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ (2005-2006)
Sagaponack Sculpture Fields, New York, NY (2003)
Bernarducci Meisel Gallery, New York, NY (2003)
Louis Meisel Gallery, New York, NY (2003)
City of Ft. Lauderdale, Ft. Lauderdale, FL (2000)
Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ (1999)
Michener Museum, Doylestown, PA (1996)
Stamford Museum, Stamford, CT (1996)
Chicago Art Fair, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL (1988)
Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA (1982)
University of Missouri, Columbia, MO (1981)
Sculpture Center, New York, NY (1979)
Nassau County Art Museum, NY (1978)
PS1 Contempory Art Museum, Queens, NY (1978)
National Academy of Design, New York, NY (1977)

American Institute of Arts & Letters, New York, NY (1976)

Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY (1976)

76 Storm King Art Center, Cornwall, NY (1973)

University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT (1970)

Stamford Museum, Stamford, CT (1968)

Colgate University, NY (1965)

Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX (1964)

New York University, New York, NY (1963)

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Ml (1961)

Selected Public Collections

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

Townsend Museum of Art, Towsend University, MD

Lowe Museum, Coral Gables, FL

Museum of Fine Art, Miami University, OH

Texas A & M University, College Station, TX

Myriad Gardens, Oklahoma City, OK

Boca Raton Museum of Fine Art, FL

Staten Island Community College, Staten Island, NY

City of Ormond Beach, Ormond Beach, FL

City of Toledo, Toledo, OH

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