The origin of Bouke de Vries sculpture lies in his past as a ceramics conservator.  ‘In a world where perfection seems to be an attainable goal I have been faced with issues of perfection on a daily basis’ he says. ‘An almost-invisible hairline crack, a tiny rim chip or a broken finger can render a once-valuable object practically worthless.’  Instead of hiding the evidence of breaks De Vries emphasises the gaps between the fragments lending them a new cubist quality and greater expressive power.  ‘With my pieces I try to look at these damaged objects and try to give them a new narrative, to instill new virtues, new values, and to move their stories forward, using my skills and techniques, developed over the years as conservator and applied in a new way.’ With some works the viewer may be confused as to where the original makers of the piece stop and where De Vries’s work begin. He sees himself  as a teller of stories through the damaged objects. The works are often based in art history but also addresses current issues often referenced through comparable historic situations. ‘I believe that beauty is gaining a renewed currency, as is the artist as maker/craftsman’ he says.

CURRENT EXHIBITIONS

THE GOLDEN BOX
Installation
Croome Court, UK
14-05-2016 to 13-11-2016

UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS

WAR AND PIECES
Installation
Berrington Hall
Berrington, UK
07-02-2016 to 01-11-2016

THE SILK ROUTE
Solo show
Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery
London Uk
10-06-2016 to 28-07-2016

WAR AND PIECES
Installation
The Harley Gallery
Worksop, UK
07-11-2016 to 15-11-2016

PAST EXHIBITIONS

THE HOUSE OF THE NOBLEMAN WITH I.P ARTS
Group show
04-10-2016 to 23-10-2016

PORTRAITS
Group show
Collyer Bristow Gallery
London , UK
15-06-2016 to 04-10-2010

HOLLANDAISE
Group show
New Art Projects
London, UK
18-05-216 to 09-07-2016

STUDYING HUMAN ACTIVITY THROUGH THE RECOVERY OF MATERIAL CULTURE
Solo show
Galerie Ron Mandos
Amsterdam, Netherlands
21-05-2016 to 254-06-2016

ASIA-AMSTERDAM
Group show
Peabody Essex Museum
Salem, USA
27-02-2017 to 05-06-2016

VERNIEUWD VERLEDEN, SIERADEN
Group show
Coda
Apeldoorn, Netherlands
06-03-2016 to 22-05-2016

RE-REANIMATE,REPAIR,MEND AND MELD
Group show
Ferrin Contemporary
North Adams, USA
13-02-2016 to 17-04-2016

MY BLUE CHINA
Group show
Ariana Museum
Geneva, Switzerland
16-12-2015 to 28-02-2016

WAR AND PIECES
Solo presentation
Gemeente Museum
The Hague, Netherlands
08-11-2016 to 06-03-2016

SKELET
Group show
Beelden aan zee
The Hague,Netherlands
30-10-2016 to 07-02-2016

MY BLUE CHINA
Group show
Foundation Bernardaud
Limoges, France
18-06-2016 to 21-11-2015

RE-ANIMATE, REPAIR MELD AND MENd
Group show
Bluecoat Display Centre
Liverpool, UK
10-10-2015 to 14-11-2015

CHENGJU INTERNATIONAL CRAFT BIENNALE
Group show
Chengju, South Korea
26-09-2015 to 25-10-2015

SWEET 18
Group show
Castle Hingene
Hingene, Belgium
01-05-2015 to 05-07-2015

FRAGMENTS
Solo show
Chateau de Nyon
Nyon, Switzerland
27-11-2014 to 12-04-2015

BOW SELECTOR
Installation
Pallant House
Chichester, UK
16-08-2012 22-09-2014

TAIWAN CERAMICS BIENNALE
Group show
Yingge, Taiwan
02-05-2014 to 12-10-2014

THREADS OF MY LIFE
Solo show
Gloria Maria Gallery
Milan, Italy
08-02-2014 to 24-03-2014

RE-USED
Group show
Galerie Ron Mandos
Amsterdam, Netherlands
11-01-2014 to 15-02-2014

OLD MASTER DIALOGUES
Group show
Collyer Bristow Gallery
London , UK
10-10-2013 to 29-01-2014

Art SOUTH
Solo show
Southampton Art Gallery
Southampton UK
07-09-2013 to 31-12-2013

ANDERS
Group show
Historisch Museum
Haarlem, Netherlands
15-10-2013 to 31-12-2013

WAR AND PIECES
Installation
Outset Netherlands
Amsterdam, Netherlands
18-11-2013 to 22-11-2013

THE MASKS WE WEAR
Group show
ARTECO Gallery
London, UK
06-09-2013 to 05-10-2013

WAR AND PIECES
Installation
Alnwick Castle
Alnwick, UK
26-06-2013 to 02-10-2013

BEASTLY HALL
Group show
Hall House
Bexley, UK
28-03-2013 to 01-09-2013

GILLES BALMET COLLECTION
Group show
Galerie Dominique Fiat
09-07-2013 to 26-07-2013

WAR AND PIECES
Installation
Charlottenburg Palace
Berlin, UK
04-04-2013 to 02-06-2013

PORTRETTEN OP BUITENPLAATS BEECKESTIJN
Group show
Buitenplaats Beeckesijn
Velsen, Netherlands
21-04-2013 to 23-06-2013

MONO NO AWARE
Group show
Bo Lee Gallery
Bath, UK
09-11-2012 to 20-11-2012

VANITAS/CONTEMPORARY REFLECTIONS
Group show
Moscow Museum of Modern Art
Moscow, Russia
14-11-2012 to 09-12-2012

BAD FOR YOU
Group show
Shizaru Gallery
London, UK
09-10-2012 to 23-11-2012

NL-DUTCH CULTURAL POP_UP PROJECTS
Group show
London, UK
12-10-2016 to 14-10-2012

THIS IS LONDON
Group show
Shizaru Gallery
London, UK
25-07-2012 to 28-09-2012

WAR AND PIECES
Installation
Holbourne Museum
Bath, UK
01-09-2012 to 01-12-2012

WWF PANDEMONIUM
Group show
Hyde Park
London, UK
18-06-2012

4
Group show
The Korenbeurs
Schiedam, Netherlands
30-06-2012 to 09-09-2012

EARTHLY DELIGHTS
Group show
Laleh June Gallery
Basel , Switzerland
12-04-2012 to 23-06-2012

Still life
Group Show
York City Art Gallery
York, UK
11-02-2012 to 31-01-2013

LOT’S WIFE
Group show
Salisbury Arts Centre
Salisbury, UK
08-03-2012 to 17-05-2012

BETWEEN DIMENSIONS.THE REPRESENTATION OF THE OBJECT
Group show
MIMA
Middlesbrough, UK
25-11-2011 to 02-02-2012

CRAFT, RAIDERS OF THE LOST ART
Group Show
Pertwee Anderson & Gold,
London, UK
09-12-2011 to 23-12-2011

CHEZLEGRANDBAG
Group show
Art&Rapy
Monte Carlo, Monaco
02-12-2011 to 09-12-2011

THE RETURN
Group Show
The House of a Nobleman
London, UK
14-11-2011 to 23-11-2013

SIGNS (METAMORPHOSIS)
Solo Show
Gloria Maria Gallery
Milan, Italy
21-09-2011 to 14-11-2011

PRECIOUS
Solo show
Art at Anoushka,
London, UK
07-06-2011 to 07-07-2011

FIRE, WORKS
Solo Show
Vegas Gallery
London, UK
19-05-2011 to 02-07-2011

ROULETTE
Group show
Vegas Gallery
London, UK
10-03-2011 to 17-04 2011

ROSE MEDITATIVE
Group show
Laleh June Galerie
Basel , Switzerland
18-02-2011 to 09-04-2011

CONTEMPORARY EYE, CROSSOVERS
Group show
Pallant House
Chichester, UK
02-10-2010 to 06-03-2011

QUESTIONS OF BELONGINGS
MIMA
Middlesbrough, UK
Group show
23-11-2010 to 13-11-2011

VANITAS: THE TRANSIENCE OF EARTHLY PLEASURES
Group show
All Visual Arts
London, UK
12-10-2010 to 17-10-2010

PIECES
Solo Show
Super Window Project
Kyoto, Japan
11-09-2010 to 28-11-2010

THE BORROWED LOOP
Group Show
Man & Eve Gallery
London, UK
01-07-2010 to 14-08-2010

A GRAND TOUR OF MY MIND
Solo Show
Gloria Maria Gallery
Milan, Italy
24-02-2010 to 14 04-2010

DECONSTRUCTIONS
Solo Show
Galerie Ron Mandos
Amsterdam, Netherlands
16-01-2010 to 06-03-2010

EMERGING ARTISTS
Group show
Murmur Art/Flora Fairburn Productions
London, UK
01-07-2009 to 15-07-2009

COLLECTIONS

Aberdeen Art Gallery
The Ariana, Geneva, Switzerland
Caldic collection, Netherlands
Castle Hingene, Belgium
Collection Edgar J. and Clarissa Bronfman, London
Collection Hugo Brown, The Netherlands
Collection Elton John, London/Los Angeles
Collection Taiq Al Jaidah
Collection Kay Saatchi, Los Angeles
Collection Frances Reynolds, London
Collection Mizuho Bank London
Drake collection, The Netherlands
Le Chateau de Nyon, Nyon, Switzerland
MIMA, Middlesbrough
MONA, Tasmania
MUDAC, Lausanne,Switzerland
Ministry of foreign affairs Netherlands
National Dutch ceramic museum Princessenhof, Leeuwarden Netherlands
National Museums of Scotland
Pallant House Gallery
Peabody Essex Museum, Salem
Philadelphia Museum
National Dutch ceramic museum Princessenhof, Leeuwarden Netherlands