Bouke de Vries

Born 1960, Utrecht, The Netherlands

Using his skills as a restorer his ‘exploded’ artworks reclaim broken pots after their accidental trauma. He has called it ‘the beauty of destruction’. Instead of reconstructing them, he deconstructs them. Instead of hiding the evidence of this most dramatic episode in the life of a ceramic object, he emphasises their new status, instilling new virtues, new values, and moving their stories forward.
The spaces in between the fragments become an essential part of the structures and the objects sometimes take on a cubist quality. With some works the viewer may be confused as to where the original makers of the piece stop and where the artist begins, making the work biographical and giving it new currency.

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Working in London

1978-1981   Design Academy, Eindhoven, The Netherlands (3-D Design)
1981-1982   Central St. Martin’s, London (Textiles)
Also worked for Stephen Jones, John Galliano, Zandra Rhodes

Bouke de Vries has work in the following public collections: 

Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums, Aberdeen
Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Middlesbrough
Pallant House Gallery, Chichester
York City Art Gallery, York
Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania, Australia
Castle Hingene, Hingene, Belgium
Keramiekmuseum Princesshof, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Hague, The Netherlands
Le Chateau de Nyon, Nyon, Switzerland
Musée Ariane, Geneva, Switzerland
Musée de Design et d’Arts Appliqués Contemporains, Lausanne, Switzerland
National Museum of Art, Architecture, and Design, Oslo, Norway
Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA, USA
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania, USA

Selected Press - Bouke de Vries