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Adriaan Vanderlugt

Colour In Your Life Adriaan Vanderlugt

Featured artist Adriaan Vanderlugt appeared on Colour In Your Life Season Six (6). Read a little bit about the artist here and support our site by joining and watching the episode below.

Adriaan Vanderlugt was born in the Netherlands and grew up in Canada. Upon graduating from High School in 1962, his art career began in a Graphic Design Studio in Hamilton, Ontario. He exhibited his first sculpture in a juried exhibition in 1970 in Hamilton and won awards in the Ontario Craft Foundation ’75. Adriaan had three alphabet designs accepted in a Lettergraphics International Alphabet Design competition in the USA in 1976. In 1977, he traveled to Australia and now lives in the Whitsundays with his Australian wife, Denise.

He first exhibited sculptures in Australia was in Gosford in 1983 and his work has been included in many group showings since. He has also held a number of individual exhibitions. Adriaan was invited to be part of the 1986 ‘Australian Fortnight’ in Dallas, Texas, USA, and was a guest artist at the Trans Tasman Wood Exhibition in Sydney in 1991. He shares his skills by tutoring workshops in both drawing and sculpture.

Adriaan has been carving bone, stone, wood, marble, and metal for over four decades and his sculptures of animals, birds, and fish are held in collections around the world. He also designs and makes furniture. In 1997 he was commissioned to create the furniture for the new chapel on Hayman Island.

In the year of Centenary of Federation in 2001, he created a number of public sculptures for the Mackay and Whitsunday Regions. His sculptures have been included in ‘Strand Ephemera’ in Townsville in 2005, 2007 2011, 2013, and 2015.  He also exhibited two sculptures at the ‘12th Thursday Plantation East Coast Sculpture Show’ in Ballina in 2007. His first entry in the SWELL Sculpture Festival was in 2009 and his sculpture ‘Five White Shorebirds’ was acquired by the Gold Coast City Council and installed at Rainbow Bay in Coolangatta. He has had entries each year to 2014 in subsequent SWELL Sculpture Festivals. Adriaan’s most recent challenges were public sculptures for communities in western Queensland, with the Five ‘Woolbale’ Sheep for the town of Quilpie and a 3.5 m Bottle Tree located at the Living Arts Centre in Blackall. Then in 2013, he installed a group of five wood wildlife sculptures outside of the Mackay Entertainment Centre and another one in 2015.

As an Art Consultant, Adriaan Vanderlugt was helpful in revitalizing the Streetscape of Proserpine and was involved in creating the ‘Green Room” at the Proserpine Hospital.  For a number of years Adriaan Vanderlugt wrote a weekly Art Column in the Whitsunday Coast Guardian for which in 2005, he received a Mackay Regional ‘Arts-is-in Award’ for recognition of his media coverage of the arts.

In 2003 he was honored with a Centenary Medal ‘for distinguished service to the arts’.

You can contact Adriaan directly via his website at

Episode: S06E05

Original Air Date: 15th December 2013

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