Martien Hendriks is an omnivore and a multimaterialist. His work is just as likely to be figurative as abstract, organic as mathematical. Made of high-quality stainless steel, bronze, marble, blue stone, wire or combinations of these materials.
Born and raised in Gemert, Martien lives from, for and with his work.
He graduated in 1980 from the Free Sculptural Design Department of the Academy of Industrial Design in Eindhoven, and has worked as a full-time artist since the early 1990s.
His work as a sculptor is not a sideline, and he is not dependent on a partner or government scheme. ‘I need this to remain independent and socially relevant,’ he explains.
A solo artist. At his home in Gemert, he withdraws to practise his craft.
Martien loves his materials. His hands are never still. They brush and bend, heat and shape, force and patinate, polish, file, weld, solder and model. With passion, as they have done for the past 40 years.
He’s a sensitive man, too. ‘I depict feelings and ideas, a reflection of reality, but only for those who appreciate it.’