Rudy Van der Pol

His formal art training involved a series of courses at Auckland Technical Institute, in Jewelry Making, Graphics and Illustration, Photography and Landscape Design. He has also had experience in bronze casting and etching. Rudy currently works with a multitude of media, employing decoupage techniques, collage, specialised paint finishes, metallised effects and patinas, along with sculpted metal, and found objects. His work challenges our perceptions, is often humourous and ambiguous, he integrates media in unusual and exciting ways with the skill of an alchemist.

Recycled materials are often used although the context is altered giving them a new meaning. He uses wrapping and pleating as a rhythmic expression to create textural overlays on the sculptural form. Van der Pol explains, “often materials are rendered unrecognizable with the surface use of pigments and patinas in order to challenge perceptions”. Ultimately, Van der Pol concerns himself with form and process in his art. A piece may be representational as with the boat form, referencing his own personal history but, also may be experienced as a cross-cultural historic emblem. This artist also finds inspiration in nature, and frequently his forms border on abstraction, leaving space for a more personal response by the viewer.




Voyager Screen
Rudy van der Pol, copper and wire wall hanging, 1250mm x 825mm


Travel Show
Rudy van der Pol, copper, wire and wood hanging sculpture, 620mm x 735mm

Play on Eight
Rudy van der Pol, copper and wire wall hanging, 1030mm diameter

Portrait of an Unknown Woman II
Rudy van der Pol, wire wall hanging, 900mm x 900mm



Display Case For A Future Journey
Rudy van der Pol. outdoor/indoor copper sculpture, 1860mm x 1250mm x 720mm

A Vessel Bound
Rudy van der Pol, copper bound standing sculpture, 2260mm x 2410mm x 420mm

Funneled Orbital
Rudy van der Pol, copper pipe, wire and shim, indoor/outdoor (outdoor base anchors into ground), 1840mm x 1380mm x 500mm approx.