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b. 1968, Netherlands

Pieter Obels Biography

In spite of the fact that steel is generally considered as rough and austere, Pieter Obels' sculptures seem to be controverting the intrinsic possibilities of the material. When one looks at Richard Serra's monumental steel slabs and wonders at the curves he manages to give his material, feelings of huge weight, size and strength arise. Pieter Obels works with Corten steel, yet what his works convey above all is light and grace as he bends the steel into extraordinarily delicate and winding shapes. The two artistic worlds couldn't be further apart. It is almost as if we were watching the yin and yang of the same material.

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Through a clever interplay of rigidity and dynamism, Obels work occupies a space deftly lingering between a sense of weight and weightlessness. His sculptures completely confound our perceptions of how a steel sculpture should look like and behave. The bends in the work appear to defy what the material can be persuaded to do.

Pieter Obels (b.1968, Kruisland, NL) lives and works in The Netherlands. His sculptures were featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions such as the Solo Project at Basel Art Fair, Switzerland (2015; 2014); the Swiss Triennial Festival of Sculpture (2015); the Schlosspark in Koln-Stammhein, Germany (2013); and the Gunzburg Sculpture Park, Germany (2013) amongst others.

Pieter Obels Featured Artworks

Expanding Nearness by Pieter Obels contemporary artwork sculpture
Pieter ObelsExpanding Nearness, 2021Corten steel
70 x 65 x 68 cm
rosenfeld Contact Gallery
Sensitive lightness by Pieter Obels contemporary artwork sculpture
Pieter ObelsSensitive lightness, 2019Corten steel
72 x 104 x 65 cm
rosenfeld Contact Gallery
Proposed differences by Pieter Obels contemporary artwork sculpture
Pieter ObelsProposed differences, 2019Corten steel
80 x 80 x 72 cm
rosenfeld Contact Gallery
Defeated Requirements by Pieter Obels contemporary artwork sculpture
Pieter ObelsDefeated Requirements, 2019Corten steel
115 x 110 x 90 cm
rosenfeld Contact Gallery

Pieter Obels Represented By

rosenfeld contemporary art gallery in London, United Kingdom rosenfeld London
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