VANDERLUGT, Adriaan

In 1977, he traveled to Australia and now lives in the Whitsundays with his Australian wife, Denise.

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 and had designs accepted in a Lettergraphics International Alphabet Design competition in the USA.

In 1977, he traveled to Australia and now lives in the Whitsundays with his Australian wife, Denise.  

He first exhibited sculptures in Australia in Gosford in 1983 and 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 were included in ‘Strand Ephemera’ in Townsville in 2005, 2007 and 2011.  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 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. 

As an Art Consultant, Adriaan was helpful in revitalising the Streetscape of Proserpine and 

was involved in creating the ‘Green Room” at the Proserpine Hospital.  For a number of years Adriaan 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 honoured with a Centenary Medal ‘for distinguished service to the arts’.