Hans Blank (1952-2019) attended the Royal Academy of Expressive Visual Arts in Amsterdam, under the leadership of professors Gregoire and Esser. In 1975 he received the Uriot award for his work. Since then he has had individual and group exhibitions worldwide. His sculptures are done in bronze and stone and the subject matter is primarily maritime. Hans fluctuates between contemporary and historical subjects, ranging from shipwrecks, sailors, and Celtic and Viking ships. He is especially interested in the prehistoric migration of cultures across the oceans, in simple vessels or rafts.

Since 1990 Hans has lived and worked most of the year on the Southwest Coast of Ireland.

Curriculum vitae


Hans Blank


1952 in Zaanstreek, North Holland, The Netherlands.



Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten Amsterdam, 1969-1975,

under supervision of the professors Gregoire, Hund and Esser.


Work in stock in several Art Centers: Amsterdam, Haarlem, Zaandam, Gouda, Leeuwarden,

Enschede, Bergen, Hoorn, Lelystad, Den Helder and Raamsdonkveer.



Greenlane Gallery Dingle, Ireland and Paris

Vangard Gallery Cork, Ireland

Frank Lewis Sculpture Garden Killarney, Ireland

Smelik & Stokking Gallery The Hague, Amsterdam and Rotterdam

Sculpture Garden Belled, Langbroek

Gallery Jos Art, Amsterdam

Mystic Maritime Gallery Connecticut, United States of America


Exhibitions in The Netherlands (solo and in group):

Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, Schiedam, Bergen, Alkmaar, Zaandam, Harlingen, Groningen and Schokland.


Exhibitions abroad:

Paris, London, Copenhagen, Antwerp, Oostende, Cork, Dingle, Killarney, Limerick, Dublin, Boston, New York.


Work sold to private collectors in Italy, Denmark, Japan, South-Korea, Canada and Australia



Fishery Award, IJmuiden

Media Totaal Award

National Maritime museum, Amsterdam

Lifeboat Museum, Den Helder

Fishery Museum, Katwijk

Hospital Slotervaart, Amsterdam

Children Hospital and Dijkzicht Hospital, Rotterdam

Public Library, Alblasserdam

City Theatre, Zaandam

Viking Info Centre, Wieringen

Fishery monument, Den Oever

Midwoud, Noorderkoggenland

Social Insurance Bank, Groningen

Care and Health Centre, Veghel

City of Oudewater

Townhall, Wervershoof

Maritime Monument for the city of Maassluis

Sculpture ‘Horizon’ placed on the former island Schokland





North Holland

Den Oever


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