Hennie van Overbeek (1943) is a Dutch sculptor.
He mainly produces woman figures in various
materials. His works can be seen in museums, gal-
leries and major private collections.
He accepts assignments to a limited extent.
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HENNIE VAN OVERBEEK – SCULPTOR
Hennie van Overbeek was born in 1943 in Utrecht, the Netherlands, where he still lives and works today. Through his forty years of study and experience as a sculptor, he has mastered many different sculptural techniques and his skills resemble that of the craftsmen and artisans of classical and medieval times. Whether in marble,gemstone, glass, brick, bronze or lead, his works are always strikingly detailed and finished to perfection.
In the forty years that Hennie van Overbeek has been sculpting, he has created more than 150 works. They are being acquired by both museums (i.a. Van der Togt museum in Aalsmeer, Netherlands), companies (i.a. ING-bank, insurance company INTERPOLIS) and private collectors.
A discussion about Hennie van Overbeek’s sculptures is a discussion about
humankind, the subject that fascinates him so much. His recent marble, bluestone and granite sculptures are immediately recognisable by their craftmanship, their eloquent gracefulness, accompanied by an earthly sensuality. Van Overbeek usually sculpts female figures which differ from humans because of the curious forms he gives to their heads. Both the females and males created by this artist are half-human, half mythical creatures. They could have walked straight out of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Or they could be representations from old folk tales. But whatever your view of them, there is something naive, poignant and endearing about them, and even if they are wearing animal heads,
this always makes them, above all, human
Fred op den Coul – Cosa
The very unusual collection of stone sculptures by Hennie van Overbeek is finished to perfection. They are a sort of archi-types, sometimes half people, half mythical beings. His clean, expert carving of bluestone, reflecting a kind of old-fashioned craftsmanship, is an added treat. He has the ability to capture a dream world in stone and this reveals him to be not only a great dreamer, but also something of a satirist. Behind the figures of mythical beings, pointing indirectly to human imperfections, there is always the sculptor who understands his craft and cares very much about humankind.
Frans Duister – Kunstbeeld