Willem Lenssinck (1947), ceramist, sculptor and designer. A son of a Dutch father and a German mother, he grew up in Utrecht in The Netherlands, where he attended the Academy of Fine Arts (HKU). After his graduation, in 1969, he was recommended by his teachers to Royal Delft and immediately hired as a designer for industrial ceramics.
Since 1972 Lenssinck worked on numerous assignments in ceramic or bronze. Since 1985 the artist lives in Langbroek. In 2001 he married Catherine Laimböck-Vermeulen, the daughter of the painter Piet Vermeulen. Lenssinck is father of Jero Lenssinck and stepfather of Lia Laimböck, both also active as artists.
Today Lenssinck focusses on sculptures in bronze, German silver, stainless steel or aluminium. He designs furniture and lighting objects. His sculptures are characterised by a futuristic look, a complex interweaving of sharp lines and shapes. Surfaces are smooth and highly polished. Part of his work is done in a traditional way of classical casting, but he also uses modern computer technologies to sculpt from solid aluminium and synthetic material.
Favourite subjects in his work are ‘horse and machine’ – as a symbol of technological development of the 20th century. His work is a symbiosis of sculpture and design. The basis of many projects comes from abstracting and deforming, organic shapes transforming into mechanical ones.
Since 2005 Lenssinck uses new 3D design processes to overcome technical limitations of traditional plaster models, such as enlargements or miniaturisation. Willem Lenssinck’s works can be found, among others, in the collections of the British Museum (London), Museum Beelden aan Zee (Scheveningen), Museum Buitenplaats (Eelde), the collection IHK Hannover, the private collection of Silvio Berlusconi and other private collections throughout the world.
In 1991 Lenssinck received the Pieter d’Hont Award for his artistic work. His sculptures were regularly present at art fairs like PAN Fine Art Fair, Amsterdam, and TEFAF (The European Fine Art Fair) in Maastricht. In 2007, the monograph “Willem Lenssinck” was published on the occasion of his sixtieth birthday. The Louwman Museum at The Hague showed Lenssinck’s work during the exhibition “Horse Power” in 2015. In 2018, his new book on use of 3D technology in his work, appeared.
Willem Lenssinck lives and works at Galerie Laimböck, in the beautiful and castle-saturated area of Langbroek, province of Utrecht, The Netherlands.
- 1990 – 1993 Pan Fine Art Fair, Amsterdam
- 1992 – 2018 Galerie Laimböck, Langbroek
- 1993 – 2015 TEFAF, Maastricht
- 1993 Kunsthaus Bühler, Stuttgart
- 1994 Museum Beelden aan Zee, Scheveningen
- 1994 Art Fair Herrenhausen, Hannover
- 1995 Lineart, Gent
- 1996 Tresor Fine Art Fair, Singapore
- 2000 Museum De Buitenplaats, Eelde
- 2007 Steendruk Museum, Valkenswaard
- 2010 – 2012 Art Fair Zurich, Zurich
- 2013 Art Fair, West Palm Beach
- 2015 Louwman Museum, The Hague
- 2018 Kunsthaus Bühler, Stuttgart
Willem Lenssinck Sculpture – Design. Langbroek, 2007. ISBN 90-902-1461-5
Willem Lenssinck 3D. Langbroek, 2018. ISBN 90-828-3080-9
WILLEM LENSSINCK 3D, ‘the Art of Sculpting’ – The radical change of the classical sculpture world. Thanks to the digital revolution! You can purchase Willem’s new book on sculpturing & 3D technology at Bol.com and at Galerie Laimböck.
Willem At Work – a gallery of pictures, taken over the years, in and around his atelier.
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