Artists, art lovers, and historians, this is your chance to own a great piece of Canadian sculpture by the celebrated Master Sculptor Andreas Drenters. At age 84, Andy is laying aside his tools and creative endeavours in order to dedicate more time with his family, especially his granddaughter Lucy. Andy, along with his family, will stage one last final large public exhibition and sale of his sculptures on:
Friday October 8th 1pm-7pm
Saturday October 9th 10am - 5pm
Sunday October 10th 10am-5pm
The sale will take place on a family farm located at:
5242 Wellington Road 29, Guelph/Eramosa
Andy began his career as an artisanal blacksmith and a self-taught mechanic. These skills, combine with his love of nature, laid the foundation for his long scultping career. His works can be found in many private and public collections across Canada and around the world.
An Introduction to Andreas Drenters Art
Andy’s mid-to-later career works took a dramatic and explosive move towards abstract expression. For their innovation, they remind one of the works of Alexander Calder, but the emotional expression of our human condition comes from Andy's mind and hands. Andy harmoniously arranges abstract metal pieces and naturally formed rocks to focus our attention on the joy and delicate balance of simply existing in a modern world. Rarely does one ever meet an accomplished artist who creates for our traditional 5 senses such a rich playground for the additional senses of: balance, proportion, motion acceleration and direction.
Andy has mastered the art of expressing all this in metal. Moreover, these themes are all presented in good natured 'master strokes' that invite us to interact with them. In short, we play and we learn. In Andy's words: “What seems simple is really very complex, and what is complex is really simple. It all depends on how you look at it.”
The early works are inspired by his deep reference for hand-smithed material of Ontario’s pioneer era. In this way the tools and handiwork of yesteryear are being saved from obliteration in modern day blast furnaces. These fun-filled figurative found-art rearrangements are meant to purposely highlight the ingenuity of the pioneer blacksmiths and early metalworkers. Each sculpture is a collection of economically crafted functional forms from bygone eras, now transformed into metal artworks — unique testaments of ‘form over function’, of nature and of the joy of living.
THE LAST EXHIBITION OF A CANADIAN MODERN MASTER