Pontiac

index of sculptures 1988 to 2023

Pontiac Bonneville 1963

2001
Bas-relief in salvaged wood #12, 185 x 95 x 16cm.
Collection of Taco Verplanke, Barendrecht, Netherlands.
Photo: Bob Goedewaagen.






The first series of bas reliefs was made in 2000 and 2001. All of them were cars:


Chevy Impala

index of sculptures 1988 to 2023

Chevrolet Impala 1959

2001
Bas-relief in salvaged wood #11, 175 x 92 x 16cm.
Collection Artotheek Oost, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Photo: Bob Goedewaagen.






The first series of bas reliefs was made in 2000 and 2001. All of them were cars:


Styleline

index of sculptures 1988 to 2023

Chevrolet Styleline 1951

2001
Bas-relief in salvaged wood #10, 195 x 100 x 16cm.
Collection of C.G. Ramselaar, Driebergen, Netherlands.
Photo: Bob Goedewaagen.






The first series of bas reliefs was made in 2000 and 2001. All of them were cars:


Chevy Caprice

index of sculptures 1988 to 2023

Chevrolet Caprice 1967

2001
Bas-relief in salvaged wood #9, 235 x 92 x 16cm.
Collection of Marc Overman, Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Photo: Bob Goedewaagen.






The first series of bas reliefs was made in 2000 and 2001. All of them were cars:


Crashed Toyota

index of sculptures 1988 to 2023

Crashed Toyota

2001
Bas-relief in salvaged wood #8, 305 x 92 x 16cm.
Private collection, Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Photo: Bob Goedewaagen.






The first series of bas reliefs was made in 2000 and 2001. All of them were cars:


Charger x 2

index of sculptures 1988 to 2023

Dodge Charger x 2

2000
Bas-relief in salvaged wood #7, 305 x 92 x 16cm.
Private collection, Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Photo: Bob Goedewaagen.






The first series of bas reliefs was made in 2000 and 2001. All of them were cars:


Ferrari 500TRC

index of sculptures 1988 to 2023

Ferrari 500TRC 1957

2000
Bas-relief in salvaged wood #6, 246 x 115 x 16cm.
Private collection, The Hague, Netherlands.
Photo: Bob Goedewaagen.




The first series of bas reliefs was made in 2000 and 2001. All of them were cars:


Chrysler

index of sculptures 1988 to 2023

Chrysler Town & Country 1973

2000
Bas-relief in salvaged wood #5, 204 x 82 x 16cm.
Collection Dirk Berghout, Dordrecht, Netherlands.
Photo: Bob Goedewaagen.




The first series of bas reliefs was made in 2000 and 2001. All of them were cars:


Volga

index of sculptures 1988 to 2023

G.A.Z.21 Volga 1962

2000
Bas-relief in salvaged wood #4, 190 x 110 x 16cm.
Alexander Ramselaar Collection, Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Photo: Bob Goedewaagen.



The first series of bas reliefs was made in 2000 and 2001. All of them were cars:


Pontiac Police

index of sculptures 1988 to 2023

Pontiac Police 1975

2000
Bas-relief in salvaged wood #3, 245 x 105 x 16cm.
Bouwfonds collection, Hoevelaken, Netherlands.
Photo: Bob Goedewaagen.



The first series of bas reliefs was made in 2000 and 2001. All of them were cars:


Plymouth

index of sculptures 1988 to 2023

Plymouth Custom Suburban 1969

2000
Bas-relief in salvaged wood #2, 205 x 95 x 16cm.
Collection of Van der Ende Steel Protection Innovators, Barendrecht, Netherlands.
Photo: Bob Goedewaagen.



The first series of bas reliefs was made in 2000 and 2001. All of them were cars:


Chevelle

index of sculptures 1988 to 2023

Chevrolet Chevelle 1965

2000
Bas-relief in salvaged wood #1, 245 x 75 x 16cm.
Collection of Museum Voorlinden. Wassenaar, Netherlands.
Photo: Bob Goedewaagen.



The first series of bas reliefs was made in 2000 and 2001. All of them were cars:


About the first reliefs

index of sculptures 1988 to 2023



Chevrolet Chevelle 1965 was the first bas relief, introducing a whole new take on the age old bas-relief format. This invention did not come out of nowhere.

How the first bas-reliefs came about,

After opting to work exclusively in used timbers in 1996 the boat models were an instant succes. But it proved hard to move beyond and break new territory:
“The Kadett and Globe sculptures were my final attempts to make the full 3d modelling technique work for a wider range of subjects and on a more monumental scale. Although successful in themselves, the sculptures did not seem to point a way forward. The Doelen project had left me with a taste for innovation and for working on a larger scale, and the smaller models now felt too limited.”: “… I needed an approach for my bread-and-butter artwork that would offer prospects for further artistic development and would at the same time be suitable for commissioned projects.
Then one day the solution arose: the bas-relief! In retrospect I wonder why it took me so long to arrive at it. It is really only a small step from a ship half-hull model to a bas-relief. Some people even confuse the two.”

Image: A computer sketch to assess colour application for the Chevelle bas-relief. Note the schematic approach at this stage. Although the next reliefs revealed the possibilities of incorporated shadows and reflections the ‘flat’ approach returns in the Ferrari 500TRC and later works.

Images: Studio view Lekhaven.

Image top: A selection of tiny jpeg’s from the Gillys Car Wreckers website collected in 2000. Gillys.com was one of the many excellent image sources in the early days of the internet. Most disappeared quite quickly, a victim of their own success. Bandwidth was expensive back then.

More photo’s and sketches from this period:






The first series of bas reliefs was made in 2000 and 2001. All of them were cars: