kees ouwens

This artist accepts commissions

Mediums Used

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.

As an artist I am always interested in creating a space with it`s own unique atmosphere through using sculpture.The moment you place a sculpture on a site it changes and actually alters the surroundings immediately in such a strong way that if it was taken away you would really be missing it and the space in which it was previous placed would become empty and incomplete!This quality of sculpture of changing our view, our perception and experience of a place, is very strong and powerful and excites and gives me energy.To fully optimize this quality I have to make sculptures which are strong and will blend into the surroundings.Searching for work which has the quality of permanence, stilness and a balance that feels natural to me.Looking for the lasting and essential.What that might be I really do not know yet, the only way to find out is to work every day.During the process of creating my mind is blank, thinking of nothing.I only use my hands and tools not my mind.I do not have a preconceived idea or design, I just follow my intuition and get inspiration and guidance from the material I work on.Only through attacking, destruction and assembling of the material you can create and maybe make a discovery or find a touch of brilliance.Sculpture is created in only a brief moment of time and is not reproducible.

Sculptures by kees ouwens



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.

Public Works

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.

Teaching Experience
Teikyo High-School Art Teacher.Ozu-city, Japan. Ehime Museum of Culture,Art Teachers Association,Seijo city,Ehime,Japan. Toluca University Sculpture Workshops at the Faculty of Arts, Mexico. La Academia Artes Plasticas ,Culliacan city,Sinaloa,Mexico.
Public Acquisitions
Private collections in the Netherlands, Indonesia, U.S.A. and Japan.Public collections in the Netherlands, U.S.A and Japan.Ehime Prefectural Museum of Art.
1985- Ohtsuki Stone Symposium, Kochi, Japan. Uchinuki Stone Symposium, Seiyo, Japan.


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