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Meet Erwin Overes

Today we’d like to introduce you to Erwin Overes.

Erwin was born and raised in the Netherlands, where he worked as an RN. He changed his career path to cultivate his artistic side and moved to the US to go back to school. Erwin tried his hand at interior design but realized that he was more of a director than a creator. He began to craft furniture that he wanted to place in these planned interiors. Working as a furniture designer/maker on his own for 2 years, he discovered that the restrictions of the need of functionality steered him more towards sculptural work. After receiving his masters, focusing on wood sculpture, he has been privileged to work in his own studio creating pieces with total artistic freedom.

Please tell us about your art.
I make sculptural art. As a trained furniture maker, I started out using wood as my main material, Nowadays I use a lot of plastics and epoxies, as well as glass. I sculpt by adding materials mostly not by taking away material. Assemblage.

My esthetic changes from piece to piece, from elaborate to minimalist. I work concept based, meaning I want to convey a thought/feeling/message, which I come up with first before I start working. Then I figure out a way to best get that across to the viewer.

For me it is easier to work that way, as I feel that my chosen concept gives me all the answers about materials use, form, color and such. I’m intrigued by Greek Mythology and their use of storytelling to get messages across. My sexuality plays a large role in my work as well, as does my Dutch heritage. I immigrated 20 years ago to the USA, to be with my now husband.

What I want viewers to take away is an introspective approach, while contemplating on the view that I am sharing,

Do you have any advice for other artists? Any lessons you wished you learned earlier?
Make sure your craft skills are trained. Whatever it is you want to create, make sure you’re experienced enough to make it up to par. The quality of the work will aide in making the message of the works come across better.

I wish I realized sooner, that this (sculpting) is what I want to be doing for the rest of my life, making art.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
People can see and support my work at my art gallery, Studio Oh! ( in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago. My gallery is a part of 2nd Friday Art Walks that occur on a monthly basis. They can also view my work on my personal website ( I encourage others to share images of these works within their own social circles.

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Image Credit:
Most photographs taken by Otto Rascon
“Winter is Coming” was taken by Lisa Stefaniak

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1 Comment

  1. dennis kowalski

    June 10, 2019 at 7:06 pm

    Wild work, Irwin. Nice combination of materials and technique.

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