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 Galliano, 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 pottery and porcelain, instilling them with new values and new narratives. Recent solo exhibitions include: Studying human activity through the recovery of material culture, Ron Mandos Gallery, Amsterdam (2016); 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). Group exhibitions include a show at the Gemeente Museum, den Haag, for which he reconstructed his installation entitled War and Pieces (2015). Originally conceived for the Holburne Museum in Bath, the installation has now been shown in nine venues and next year will go on a three year tour of the United States. Other selected group shows include Asia-Amsterdam, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem (2016-17), Hollandaise, New Art Projects, London (2016) and Vanitas/Contemporary Reflections, MoMA, Moscow (2012). De Vries lives and works in London.