Leon van den Eijkel

The Geometric Totem Pole

Steel, high gloss automotive paint.
6500mm x 1000mm x 1000mm

The artist describes the The Geometric Totem Pole as "the staccato rhythms of colour in geometric forms."

Leon has created this sublime work in memory of his father. When Leon was a child his father told him that he was an 'Indian elder' and he met Tom Mix (cowboy) and Buffallo Bill, and in real life he actually did meet Buffalo Bill in the 1930s at a touring western show in Europe and hence the title 'The Geometric Totem Pole'.

The artist continues:

"Even the most exciting geometric forms need trained people to handle them. We should know that the The Geometric Totem Pole is manipulated by a supreme spirit. The unseen controller (artist) offers intriguing insights into how he creates and controls the universe. By using geometric forms to create fun, cool and restful colour schemes, instantly recognisable by adults and children alike.

It is accepted that those geometric forms often regarded as common are also successful within their environment. Therefore generally easy to install - a very important fact as we take stock of how best to utilise the space and climate.
The modern 'architectural' look where geometric forms are incorporated into the environment, makes a strong statement.
The distinctive nature of geometric forms means they are unique.
Through geometric forms we celebrate the uniqueness of human technology."
Text by Leon van den Eijkel, 2017.

For the past 28 years van den Eijkel has produced light boxes, sculptures, paintings and multi media installations that utilise reflective surfaces and colours that are often based on his continuing dialogue between his Dutch homeland and the Pacific.
Born in 1940, The Hague, Netherlands. Van den Eijkel studied at the Royal Academy of Arts, The Hague, 1958-1963. In 1967 he moved to Leiden. Arrived in New Zealand in 1986. Lived in Wellington from 1986 until 1998 and now residing in Auckland.
Leon van den Eijkel has exhibited widely in Europe, the USA, Australia and in New Zealand where he is represented in many major public and private collections including: Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands; Museum Boijmans van Beugingen, Rotterdam, Netherlands; Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Ghent, Belgium; Museum of Modern Art, New York, U.S.A; Te Papa Tongarewa, Museum of New Zealand, Wellington.

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