Kees Ouwens has been making stone sculptures since 1982 when he came to japan to study the abstract world of zen-gardens.He has been greatly inspired by the typical use and placements of stones in japan.He first worked in the netherlands and indonesia making abstract “gardens”in which he used stones as his main material.He decided to leave again to japan and build his studio in 1996.Studied Abstract Sculpture and Gardens for 35 years after which he decided to move to Mexico where he build his new Studio called La Coyotera Taller Estudio where he is working again on his abstract Stone Sculptures.
Sculptures by kees ouwens
Curator of Art, Exhibitions and Land Art.
2023 - Palacio Municipal Patzcuaro,Expressions/Observations of the Self,Michoacan,Mexico.
2022 - Arte Hoy Galeria , Coyoacan ,Mexicocity.
2020 - The XIV Bienal Femsa,Morelia city,Michoacan,Mexico.
2019 - Sculpture Installation,Stones of Knowledge,25 th.Anniversary University of Morelia,Morelia city,Mexico.
2018 - Miaki Hall Sculpture Exhibition,Iyo city ,Ehime,Japan.
2017 - John.D.Wittersheim Sculpture Park ,Siena Heights University,Adrian city,Michigan,USA.
2016 -. Sculptfusion,Sculpture Installation ,Michigan city,Idaho,USA.
2015 - Centro Cultural Clavijero,las Formas de Sonido,Morelia city,Michoacan,Mexico.
II Premio Centro-Occidente de Escultura,Salamanca city, Guanajuato,Mexico.
Sculpture award at Sculpture Key-West, USA.
Best of show Award at Art on the River, Dubuque-city, Iowa, USA.
Kees Ouwens is a self taught sculptor who has his roots in japanese gardens with its abstract use of stone and placements and is because of this always looking for the natural qualities of the material.He strives to bring out the stones natural features, using its shape, form, hardness and usabilities.Working on the hardest stones such as basalt and granite, creating timeless sculptures and "spaces".
Abstract Stone Gardens and Nature.
2000-Sculpture for Dejima, Nagasaki, Japan.Sculpture garden for elderly-home, Seiyo, Japan.
2001-Sulpture garden for Waseda University, Kitakuyushu, Japan.
2002-Sculpture for building cooperation, Matsuyama, Japan.
2003-Sculptures and gardens at, Kashiba and Honai, Japan.
2005-Peace Monument, uwajima, Japan.
2006-Abstract tea-Garden, Rotterdam, Netherlands, Sculpture for building cooperation, Takamatsu, Japan.
2007-Sculpture for Union University, Tennessee, U.S.A.
2011-Seiyo-city-office Sculpture, Ehime, Japan.
2012-Roterdam-city, Shofukan Japanese Cultural Center, Tea-House.
2013- Stone Sculpture Garden Bogor Indonesia.
2014-Abstract Stone Sculpture Garden Niihama Japan.
2015-Apec Naru Sculpture Park Busan South Korea.
2016- Stone Sculptures for architectural Office Takamatsu Japan.
2019- Museum Naturalis Leiden The Netherlands.
2020-Abstract Sculpture Garden University Cienaga Jiquilpan Michoacan Mexico.
2021-Land Art Sculptural Installation,Muse de Sitio,Cheran,Michoacan,Mexico.