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.
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.
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
Social Insurance Bank, Groningen
Care and Health Centre, Veghel
City of Oudewater
Maritime Monument for the city of Maassluis
Sculpture ‘Horizon’ placed on the former island Schokland