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Robbert Portier
Breda - Netherlands
Wood - Portraits & Figures

I work on wood that I discover in nature. I look for the tension that is hidden in the wood that I find. I do not seek for a sculpture that is hidden in the wood. In fact, the sculpture finds me. Great sculptors have mentioned that the sculpture is already there.
After I have found the piece of wood it is dried and then I start with removing the rotted and soft parts. I remove the exccess from the wood. I continue this process until I reach the "nucleus". This artitistic voyage to the center of the wood is exciting as I do not know where I'll end up. In a sense, I work from the chaos of the material but do not add to it. After having revealed more than 100 sculptures I can truly say: the sculpture was already there.

You can views some of my sculptures in a brief video on Youtube:

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Solo exhibition: Uit de Schaduw, Pinksteren 2006 1e Plein Air Breda.
Nominated for the Noord Brabant Artprice,...
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Annette Pompa
2008-04-11 19:26:27
Really love these. Having pieces inspired by what you first see in the tension of the movement already there is very intuitive and creates a wonderful energy I think!It is as if you have uncovered a life that was trapped.
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