Hi, I'm Andreas Drenters the sculptor.
My family and I lived on a farm in The Netherlands during the Second World War.
My father was an inventor and blacksmith, and there was an abundance of material around his shop, including
hand - forged agricultural objects from the 16th and 17th centuries.
As a child, fascinated by metal shapes, I made toys for myself and my friends.
In the early 1950's, my family moved to Canada where we continued to farm. I was quickly drawn to the variety and quality of pioneer agriculture machinery and continued to make things.
By the early 1960's, my found - metal objects were becoming recognized as sculptures having cultural significance.
My first exhibit was at the Agricultural College,
University of Guelph. Over the next 20 years, I had numerous one - man and group shows in Toronto and at my farm in Alton.
Since 1983, I have been residing and working at the Rockwood Academy, thanks to the will of my sculptor - brother Yosef with the Ontario Heritage Foundation.
During this time I have made several thousand metal sculptures of various sizes and themes. You will see in the accompanying photographs a small selection of all this work, encompassing my entire career.
I hope that you enjoy seeing them as much as I still enjoy making them.