Emile van der Kruk works in a variety of materials: paper, bronze, plastic and
wood. His preference is wood, as it is a
living material, showing its age with its rings.
works bear a certain tension due to the inherent contradictions within them.
The style in which Emile works is intentionally rough and strong, showing the
marks of his chainsaw and gouge. Yet the sculptures are sophisticated and often
tender. Contradictory forces are made into a unity: male and female, cheeriness
and seriousness, weakness and strength, humour and drama.
sculptures of Emile play with dimensions. From one angle they appear three
dimensional. However, from another angle they are not really, surprising the
onlooker. Often the works are painted, however not covering the wood texture
but rather accentuating it.
have many layers. At first one sees the
image as is. Than it appears that what looks logical is not logical at all,
similarly to Escher’s works. Also the image contrasts more and more with the
material used and gradually the composition reveals itself and tells a story. A
story which also has various layers.
Emile van der Kruk, 1956, studied at the art academies of Rotterdam
and Amersfoort. He also
studied history of art at the Rijksuniversiteit Utrecht.
are part of the collection of the museums "Het Depot”, SingerMuseum, Gemeente Museum Kampen and Amersfoortse Zonnehof Museum.
His work is part of many private and public collections in The Netherlands and
other European countries.