Bouke de Vries

Born in Utrecht, The Netherlands, Bouke de Vries studied Design at the Design Academy Eindhoven and Textiles at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London. After working with fashion icons John Galiano, Stephen Jones and Zandra Rhodes, de Vries decided to return to education to study ceramics conservation and restoration, becoming one of London's leading ceramic conservators. This led to his current artistic practice of creating - and deconstructing - intricate sculptures from fragments of broken china and porcelain, instilling them with new value and narratives. Recent solo exhibitions include Fragments, Château de Nyon, Musée historique et des porcelaines, Nyon (2014), Threads of My Life, Gloria Maria Gallery, Milan (2014), and Pieces, Super Window Project, Kyoto (2011), while group exhibitions include a show at the Gemeente Museum den Haag, for which he contributed an installation entitled War and Pieces (2015), Re-Used, Ron Mandos Gallery, Amsterdam (2014), and Vanitas/Contemporary Reflections, MMoMA, Moscow (2012). De Vries currently lives and works in London.