Hualien Stone Sculpture Museum

Paul Van Laere

Netherlands / Male

Paul Van Laere

Paul Van Laere

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2012  BENQ International Sculpture Symposium, Taiwan
2011  Hualien International Stone Sculpture Festival
2010  Horice Sculpture Symposium, Lithunia

Introduction
Paul always brings a lump of clay with him and keeps shaping it into various forms.  He smiled and said that his father was also an artist.  When he was young, his father gave him a lump of clay as a gift for his creation.  He has been used to bringing a lump with him ever since wherever his goes.  It is just like a friend of his, also his inspiration for creation.
He entered an academy of arts at age 20 and learned a lot of skills there.  Afterwards, he went to a factory of stone sculpture.  What was so special was that the Netherlands was a country with no stone; all of the stones were from abroad.  Therefore, at the factory, he saw and learned a lot more than other people.  He was quite influenced in his creation by two sculptors: Constantin Brâncuşi, a French sculptor, and Isamu Noguchi, a Japanese-American artist.  From their art works, his learned a lot of concepts and developed a tendency to see everything clearly.  He likes stone sculpture because it is much more difficult than bronze and clay sculptures.  A stone sculpture has to be done at one go instead of being piled up little by little; it is this tough challenge that he chooses stone sculpture.  The more difficult it is, the more he likes.  The other reason that he chooses stone sculpture is that he has to stay calm and quiet while doing stone sculpture.  He enjoys being concentrated.
He has to complete 20 art works a year, but he would feel pretty gratified with only two or three works that meet his concepts.  He says that he lives a rather ordinary life.  He thinks that he cannot be any happier in life than admiring art works with stone sculptors.  To him, he feels gratified enough.  Being invited to this stone sculpture festival in Hualien was such a great experience to him.  He especially appreciated the field staff for their immediate assistance when in need.  That really added to this wonderful memory.

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