Leon van den Eijkel
Born 1940, The Hague, Netherlands. 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 till 1998 now residing in Henderson, Auckland.
Leon van den Eijkel has exhibited widely in Europe, the USA and in NewZealand where he is represented in many major public and private collections including: Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands; Museum Boijman, Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands; Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Ghent, Belgium; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Te papa Tongarewa,Museum of New Zealand, Wellington. In 1998 he completed a major outdoor Sculpture for the Keystone Trust Sculpture Project. “Red Cloud Confrontation” at The Farm, Auckland. NZ
In 2004 a wallwork installation “A Walk in the Clouds” for Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade at the Embassy of The Hague, The Netherlands in 2005 a wallwork installation “Light of Colour” for Brian R Richards Ltd,Auckland.NZ
In 2007 “Wellington Urban Forest” for the Wellington Sculpture Trust.NZ And in 2008 “The Smiling Windmills” for Avalon Park Lower Hutt.NZ
In 2009 “Cross(Road)” Sculpture on the Gulf, Waiheke Island NZ and “The Remembrance Windmill” Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi Beach, Sydney.AUS In 2010 “The Next Big Family Series” Plantage Galerie, Leiden, The Netherlands. In 2011 “Towards Photography” Toi Gallery, Waiheke Island, Auckland NZ. “Colour Coding” New paintings and works on paper. Bowen Galleries, Wellington NZ. And in 2012 “Colour Coding” works on paper. Bath Street Gallery, Parnell, Auckland, NZ. 2013 Sculpture “Baubles” at Brick Bay Sculpture Trail, Warkworth, NZ. 2014 The “The Playing Windmills” at Hobsonville Point Primary School, Auckland NZ. Sculpture “The Geometric Totem Pole” at Brick Bay Sculpture Trail, Warkworth, NZ.2017.
For the past 28 years van den Eijkel has produced lightboxes, sculptures, paintings and multimedia installations that utilize reflective surfaces andcolours that are often based on his continuing dialogue between his homeland and the Pacific.
Currently he is working on his “Crosses”, “Windmills”, “Baubles”, “Urban Trees”, “Totem Poles” Series “works on image paper” and “Readymade Sculptures”.
The distinctive nature of “Urban Trees” means they are unique and by placing these rare trees in our environment we contribute to their survival.