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Mark Dedrie Biography


Mark Dedrie does not take his ease in our rapidly evolving art scene. Avers to short lived fashions he works along a well-defined process and with pure craftsmanship in the creation of the sculpture as his inner eye sees it ideally. Do not search for detailed sculptor’s drawings in Dedrie’s drawers. To him, a sculpture is a sculpture, it is not a spatially filled in, two dimensional drawing. Dedrie dreams and sees the sculpture in his mind’s eye. Over and over again he builds it up slowly and unrepeatable. He constructs it, casts it in bronze, polishes it and caresses it almost infinitely – until he has realized that Unique sculpture of his dreams with that unparalleled and spiritualized patina. For meaning and appearance must impregnate each other and form a completely homogeneous unity.

Materiality and corporeal craftsmanship: The sculptures Dedrie makes turn their back on conceptual art. As such the surface structure of Inner Pressure does not form the casual exterior of the idea within; on the contrary it crowns – without emphasis but in an authentic and necessary way – the healed because organic body which is called sculpture. Dedrie makes truth sound through in the beauty of the sculptural skin, as the anonymous and poetic word with its radiant significance enlightens the music of a passion or cantate from Bach.

In No Secrets the sculptor has turned the lovers towards one another and forged them to unity. There is not a bit of personality in any of the two characters, nor longing looks, nor appeal. Dedrie clenches the material heaviness to the spiritual lightness. Doing so he reaches for perfection that throws the couples’ presumptuous individuality on the paves of reality. Only their singing remains. Because everything Dedrie produces becomes bronze musicality.

It is not only in his human images that Dedrie wants music. The transcendental is also present in his sculptures of animals, even if Dedrie on this subject does not reveal himself as an ‘animalier’, a craftsman catching the essence of an animal in a characteristic movement or an anecdotic pose. Dedrie does not aim for the lively and remarkable appearances of the swan and the heron. But indeed the heron as the symbol of tall, calm and inspired beauty (maybe also of fortune in the way the Far East sees the crane) and as an elegant and imperturbable presence of the superior. In the same way, Dedrie’s Swan does not appear as an ornamental being, living in neat parks and ponds. No, the animal refers to reflectivity, it calls for interiorization in a world of empty noise.

And the Ram – obviously the most complex and fascinating statue from Dedries’ zoo of bronzes unites in itself elegant masculinity and compacted power, perseverance and respect. Who is not reminded here of the Golden Fleece, the skin of the legendary speaking and flying ram which gave its name to a Burgundian aristocratic Order searching for spiritual wealth?

Dedrie also works in stainless steel. Shiny and cold, this rust proof material looks distant but also fascinating. It is often applied in kitchens, operation rooms and bathrooms. It is used for automatic household appliances and for instruments that are daily used intensively or clinically. Dedrie chooses the stainless steel material because of its cold appearance, which is very suitable to shape the handsome king penguins. Penguins are birds that prefer to swim and cannot fly properly. On soil they move with the awkwardness of a hopelessly obese person. Penguins continue to amaze the world and they keep moving us by their anthropomorphic appearance. These inefficient butlers of an old family hotel hold the mirror up to us. They show us the intense bond between the promethean, highly technological man and a fallen bird. Totally apathetic, sometimes gracious, then clumsy and seemingly distracted or dreaming, these penguins show us the better part, the unpretentiousness in man, but more pure, closer to a state of natural grace , and untouched by the cunning game of roles of which man has made himself a victim.

In this way, Mark Dedrie, through his bronze sculptures, searches for what the German philosopher Hegel called ‘Der wesentliche Inhalt der Skulptur’ – form of the divine, at the same time dreamt and rendered perceptible to the senses. In his most successful representations of the natural, the idealizing sculptor indeed offers his viewers spiritual values and virtues, whilst briefly touching the supernatural.

Frans Boenders , Member of the Royal Academy of Belgium for Sciences and Arts


2001 Triënale van de beeldhouwkunst, Campo&Campo, Berchem
Galerij Hof te Puttens, Lede
Galerij Lorenzo
Lanart 2001
Ergani Art Gallery
Pantheon gallery, Knokke-zoute
CC St-Jozef te Brasschaat
Galerij Het Zwanepand
Arte.on gallery, Knokke-zoute
Classic VIII, Kortrijk
Lineart 2001
Artiade, Den Haag
2002 Galerie Van Eijck, Rotterdam
Galerie Lewis Guy, Den Haag
Ambiance, Brasschaat
P-Art Gent
Duo tentoonstelling met M.Mylemans, Brasschaat
Galerie ’t hof Te Puttens, Lede
Allure (beurs te Antwerpen)
Kunstevent, Antwerpen
Artfair Leyden, Leiden
Fine art & antiekbeurs, Brugge
2003 Galerie Van Eijck
Art gallery Maurice Vrolijk
Ambiënte, Frankfurt D
Galerie Lewis Guy
Sculpture gallery F.Kesteloot
Sfeer, Gent
Artfair Den Haag, galerie Yantar
Venus Van Milo, Hoboken
Blue bird art gallery
Eurantica 2003, Brussel
Art in progress, Kortrijk
Galerie ’t hof Te Puttens, Lede
Blackheath gallery, Londen UK
Augustus 2003 eerste inox beelden gegoten via verloren wasprocedé
Artfair Leyden, Leiden
Kunstevent, Antwerpen
Sango Art Gallery, Leuven
Artifex gallery, Brugge
Lineart, Gent
2004 Triënale van de beeldhouwkunst, Campo&Campo, Berchem
Tentoonstelling Belfort Brugge, Artifex galerij
Verkozen voor de cover van het boek kunstenaars en galerijen(met de inox pinguïns)
Sango Art gallery, Leuven
Le Bercail, Izel
Galerie Lewis Guy,Den Haag
Galerie Terbeek, Groningen
Summerfair 04 Kasteel van Wippelgem
Hof te Puttens
Galerie des Beaux Arts
Lineart, Gent
Artevent, Antwerpen
Uitgave van monografie
2005 Galerie Des Beaux Art
Kunst en antiekbeurs, Gent
Kasteel van Schoten
Galerie Terbeek
De nacht van Exclusief te Knokke
Galerie Deurlica Sint-Martens-Latem
Blackheath Gallery, Londen
Biënnale van de hedendaagse Kunst, Kasteel van Poeke
Galerie Lieve Lambrecht
Lineart Gent
Art Event Antwerpen
2006 Galerie de beeldenstorm
Galerie Des Beaux Art
Kunst en antiekbeurs Primavera, Rotterdam (Nl)
Metapro, Brussel expo (Be)
Phantom gallery Antwerpen (Be)
Galerie Lewis, Guy Den Haag (Nl)
Holland Art Fair, Den Haag (Nl)
Buitenbeeld Boechout (Be)
Galerij Kunstforum, Schelderode (Be)
Kunst op de Brink, Laren (Nl)
Lo- Reninge beeldenroute
Heyvaert Art & Antiques
Art & Antiek Antwerpen (Be)
AFA, Rosmalen (Nl)
Galerie M&C, Overveen (Nl)
Lineart Gent
Art Event Antwerpen
2007 Castle of Schoten
Artfair Primavera, Rotterdam (Nl)
Triënnale van de beeldhouwkunst Campo & Campo
galerie "de kei" Eindhoven
galerij Wijland, Koksijde Belgium
Galerie Paulette Bos, Den Haag
kunst op de brink Laren, Galerie De beeldenstorm
Art Nocturne Knokke, Galerie Paulette Bos
Scupture Ooidonk 2007
Galerie Des Beaux Arts Zeedijk 766 8300 Knokke-Zoute
tentoonstellingszaal Zwijgershoek , Zwijgershoek 14 9100 Sint-Niklaas
13é biënnale van de hedendaagse kunst in Vlaanderen. Castle of Poeke
ClassicA Kortrijk, Galerie De beeldenstorm
Galerie St Remi Luik
Lineart Gent Flanders expo, Galerie De beeldenstorm
Galerie & Antiek Heyvaert Monique Onderbergen 66 Ghent Belgium