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Ireland-based sculptor with a passion for the Atlantic ocean, Bronze Age archaeology and contemporary architecture.

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ON EXHIBITION

Showing work at VUE 2018, RHA, Dublin 1st - 4th November 2018 with RS Sculpture, previously on show at Sculpture 2018 at Ballymaloe:

An Sgoth Eireannach II, bronze, steel rigging & concrete, 1.5m high, 2017

Slí Gaoithe, bronze & concrete, 1.2m high, 2017

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ABOUT ME

Since 1997 Holger Lonze has worked as a professional sculptor on public commissions in bronze and steel, as well as artist-in-residence for several councils and organisations. A passion for maritime traditions, archaeology folklore and the Irish language results in a poetic response to the rich culture and landscape of the European Atlantic seaboard, often informed by journeys in self-made curachs. Modern fabrication technology is complemented by experimental archaeology practice, including low-carbon Bronze Age metal casting and the use of regenerative and recycled materials, an approach that brings local archaeology alive, offering a unique approach with a deeply sustainable ethos. Working across the spectrum of monumental work and small-scale sculpture, Holger invites close interaction between the beholder and his tactile work. Poetry of form, readability on various levels and a sense of timelessness with relevance to our time are concerns to create work that is contemporary and raw yet exhibiting an intrinsic element of grace and otherworldliness. Forms are combined to create a unique visual language that is founded in realism, yet becoming more abstract: individual forms intersect and penetrate each other, man becomes bird, ocean waves occupy the surface of bells, shipping containers and sails. The unique physical conundrum that only in sculpture two or more forms can occupy the same Cartesian space at the same moment of time, is a unique characteristic of his visual language: the combination of natural form creates new sculptural, abstract form.

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BIOGRAPHY

Holger Lönze is a Kerry-based bronze sculptor. He studied architecture in Detmold, Germany (1991-1995) before turning to printmaking and sculpture in Belfast (1995-1998) where he completed his studies with a PhD in 2014. After lecturing at the University of Ulster and working as a researcher for The Eden Project, Cornwall, he returned to Ireland in 2004 to work on public commissions in the Republic and the UK and as artist in residence for various county councils. He has exhibited widely and is represented in collections in the UK, Ireland, Italy, Canada, the US and Germany. Holger has produced work for the public domain in Portrush and Strabane (both nominated for the Marsh Award for Excellence in Public Sculpture in 2013 and 2015), Armagh, Limerick, Derry, Co. Down, Winchester, The Eden Project, Belfast and recently for Hugo Bugg's gold-winning garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. He has exhibited and is represented in private and public collections in Ireland, UK, USA, Germany and Italy. Holger has participated in national and international residencies and symposia (Verroccio Art Centre, Italy, 2001, Tyrone Guthrie Centre 2014, Ballinglen Arts Foundation 2015/6, Cill Rialaig Project 2012/14, Heinrich Boll Cottage 2006) and has widely published research in art theory, traditional boats and experimental archaeology. He is a member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors, Visual Artists Ireland and the Crafts Council of Ireland.

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TECHNIQUE

My personal studio practice is concerned with the cross-over of medieval and prehistoric metalwork processes and new digital technology. Digital drawing and time-lapse animation (using Procreate on an iPad Pro) is combined with experimental archaeology practice, including low-carbon metal casting in charcoal pit-furnaces. A focussed materials pallet of bronze, steel and sometimes timber, allows me to gain an in-depth understanding of the characteristics and abilities of these materials and the skills required for their manipulations. Through applying ancient processes, such as repoussé and Bronze Age casting techniques together with the use of regenerative and recycled materials, I have developed a unique approach with a deeply sustainable ethos across the spectrum of monumental work and small-scale sculpture.

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EXPERTISE

Holger has more than twenty years of experience in developing and delivering sculpture for the public domain, combining his background in architecture with an interest in experimental archaeology. His expertise ranges from researching and making archaeological artefacts with authentic methods to monumental bronze and steel sculptures that are fabricated in his own workshop.  His concern for environmenatally sound practice is reflected in the use of abundant and recycled materials with low-carbon processes and long-term durability. Research in Bronze Age archaeology and making and using traditional boats complement and feed back into his practice. 

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AWARDS

2015 Nominated for Marsh Award for Excellence in Public Sculpture

2015 Ballinglen Arts Foundation Bursary Award, Cork Co. Co.

2012 Nominated for Marsh Award for Excellence in Public Sculpture

2012 Regional Finalist for the Civic Trust Award

2012 Tyrone Guthrie Centre Bursary, Cork County Council

2007, 2009, 2011 Arts Council of Northern Ireland, SIAP grants

1999/2001 Aer Lingus Art Flights

1999 Janet Konstam Award for research into sculpture in Italy

1997/1998 Travel awards of Stiftung der Deutschen Wirtschaft

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PAST EXHIBITIONS

2018 Sculpture 2018 at Ballymaloe, Co. Cork

2017 Back to the Roots, Schmallenberg, Germany

2016 Doswell Gallery, Rosscarbery (w. Karen Hendy)

2014 Traversing the Littoral, Skibbereen Arts Festival

2014 Villa Claudio, Settegnano, Florence

2013 An t-Ean Mara, Castleblaney Art Centre

2007 Beyond the Littoral, Ennis, Co. Clare, Glór

2007 Beyond the Littoral, Enniskillen, Higher Bridges Gallery

2005 In the Wake of Bran, Cavan Co. Museum

2004 Patricia Smart Gallery, Penzance

2002 Rood Gallery, Bristol

1999 Engineroom Gallery, Belfast

1998 Ards Art Centre, Newtownards

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PUBLICATIONS

Designing Ireland - A Selection of the Best of Irish Design; Architecture Ireland, 06/2016

Skulpturen als Zeugen Unserer Zeit; L. Mörchen; Woll, Summer 2016

Sculpture as Witness of our Time, Onyx Art Magazine, by L. Mörchen, Newcastle/Tyne, 2015

About: Holger Lonze, Perspective, ed. Eleanor Flegg, Vol. 20, Nr. 5, September 2011

Coast: Our Island Story; Nicholas Crane; BBC Books, 2010, p.36f

A Humble Skiff, Resurgence, Nov./Dec. 2005

 

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