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Kunstenaar Evert van Hemert

Artist Evert van Hemert

Great artists like Michelangelo immediately saw a captive Madonna in a block of marble and with a hammer and chisel it was only a matter of ten thousand hammer beats to free the beautiful lady. Professional knowledge, a strong constitution and patience are of course a requirement for this. Gone is gone and a well-rounded goddess does not want you to become an anorexic patient. Today you can achieve computer-driven, lifeless perfection.

Sculptors knead material such as clay, plaster or wax around a frame of iron, polystyrene, a plastic ball, (wreckage) wood or whatever is available. Add, remove, change and sometimes recreate or start over. In short, much more freedom of action and with an end result in bronze, plaster, concrete or polyester, the maker has a variety of possibilities.

Auke de Vries | Untitled, painted steel, 251.0 cm, signed on the base and executed ca. 2000

Auke de Vries

statue • sculptuur • for sale

Untitled, ca. 2000

Dolf Breetvelt | Threeness, wood, 60.5 x 47.0 cm, signed on the back

Dolf Breetvelt

statue • sculptuur • for sale


Harm Kamerlingh Onnes | A steamer, glazed pottery, 13.5 x 20.0 cm, signed with monogram on the bottom and dated '62 on the bottom

Harm Kamerlingh Onnes

statue • sculptuur • for sale

A steamer, 1962

Carl Johan Eldh | Standing nude, Statuario Venato marble, 103.0 x 34.0 cm, signed on the front of the plinth

Carl Johan Eldh

statue • sculptuur • for sale

Standing nude

Evert van Hemert | Saskia, patinated bronze, 65.0 x 55.0 cm, signed with monogram on the side

Evert van Hemert

statue • sculptuur • for sale


Artist Evert van Hemert explains how a bronze statue is created

In this article, let’s only focus on the everlasting durable “expensive” bronze. Each bronze statue is made of wax, plaster or clay. These materials can take any conceivable shape, the advantage of wax is that you do not have to cover it, but beware of the sun; clay dries out and needs constant attention and plaster gives a lot of mess.





silicone mold

If multiple copies of a sculpture are desired, a silicone mold is made around the original. This mold is a rubber mold consisting of two or more parts with inside the “mother model” and outside a plaster or plastic support mold that can be divided so that the original image can be removed. When the statue is removed, the mold is closed again and then filled with special casting wax. This wax is allowed to solidify for a while until the right thickness is reached on the outside. The excess wax is poured out.

pour molten bronze

Gesmolten brons gieten (detail)

pour molten bronze (detail)

What remains is a hollow wax model, which can now be updated and equipped with air and pouring channels. This wax model is provided with a solid fire mass inside and outside in the foundry, interconnected by core irons, after which the wax is fired. Liquid bronze (1200 degrees) is poured into the empty space where the wax has been.

gips verwijderen van bronzen beeld

remove plaster

bronzen beeld in giethuid

bronze sculpture in cast skin

bronzen beeld met kernijzers

bronze statue with core irons

Once cooled, the sculpture is cut out and ready for further processing. The artwork now has the appearance of a forgotten and sprouted potato. Then we start to widen everything superfluous and weld any loose parts together, close the holes of the core irons and cast galleries and then grind away the casting skin, so that the ‘original’ image is visible again.

bronzen beeld lassen

weld together bronze statue

bronzen beeld patineren


Cast and finished bronze is gold colored, but the oxidation in the outdoor air makes it black, green, gray. To speed up that process and keep it in your own hands, the image is patinated. With the help of a gas burner and various chemicals, the image is, as it were, colored, in the desired patina – a laborious and unhealthy process. Finally, the sculpture is provided with a layer of beeswax to fix the patina.

The artist – watering can relationship is like marriage; one needs to know from each other what one person wants and what the other can do and that against the limits. The price of virgin bronze – a tin / copper alloy is only a few euros per kilo.

The labor-intensive activities, together with the reputation of the artist, determine the price, are expensive but durable and ultimately more than worth the money.

Evert van Hemert, Kolderwolde & FLASSH Bronsgieterij, Balk.


Evert van Hemert | Old Benno, patinated bronze, 60.0 x 60.0 cm, signed with monogram on forehead and executed in 2008

Evert van Hemert

statue • sculptuur • for sale

Old Benno, 2008

Evert van Hemert | Edwina, patinated bronze, 14.0 x 30.0 cm, signed with monogram on the belly and executed in 2012

Evert van Hemert

statue • sculptuur • for sale

Edwina, 2012

Evert van Hemert | Antonia, patinated bronze, 41.0 x 30.0 cm, signed with monogram on the belly and executed in 2002

Evert van Hemert

statue • sculptuur • for sale

Antonia, 2002