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"The Spell of the Sensuous - Dam de Nogales, Sculptors"
2001-02-04 until 2001-02-16
ACWR Gallery
Winsor, ON, CA Canada

The Windsor and Regional Art Council is pleased to present international sculptor duo Veronica and Edwin Dam de Nogales in The Spell of the Sensuous, a unique fusion of the figurative with the abstract, of bronze with iron, of mind with motion and matter.

Sculptors, Veronica de Nogales Leprevost and Edwin Timothy Dam did not meet until an exhibition in Spain in 1997. Veronica, of Columbian and French ancestry was born in Barcelona, Spain in 1970. Her intense interest in art and in nature began at an early age, manifesting itself in drawings and in paintings of nature and of wild-life, which took her as far as the snowy wooded areas of Sweden. In 1990, in the University of Fine Arts of Barcelona, she began to undergo an anatomical shift to the study of human body movement rendered not only through two dimensional mediums of painting, lithography and drawing but also through the third and fourth dimensions of sculpture and of dance. Recognizing her talent, the provincial Gallery of Catalunya, Spain, offered her a solo sculpture exhibition, first in Spain, and soon after honoured her works in Paris and Madrid. Her works were soon taken on by several prestigious galleries in Spain and in Brussels.

Edwin Timothy Dam, of Dutch descent and native of Hamilton, Ontario, began his sculptural and anatomical studies at McMaster University, of Hamilton, ON, Canada. After two years, led by the desire to fast-track through a medical program, he transferred to Calvin College of Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he underwent a polar shift in his studies to philosophy, art and literature. With degree in hand, he moved to Vancouver and joined a clay studio while learning to build larger structures of mixed medium in the building industry. Yet it was his move to Barcelona which was monumental. It was here, where during an exhibition he met Veronica. With her encouragement, he entered and won the Pere Jou competion in Sitges, Spain and began his career as a sculptor.

Married after only eight months, Edwin and Veronica began to exhibit together, and then through the combination of strengths and passions, began to create together. Their joint works took on a new aurora and attracted the attention both of prominent galleries in Spain and of the media. Combining the abstract with the figurative, iron with bronze, and clay with stone, their works increased both in magnitude and power. Now all works are done together, signed under the unified name of Dam de Nogales. Together they erected their first permanent outdoor monument El espiritu del Bosque (The Spirit of the woods), rendered in bronze and iron and standing 2.62 metres tall, in Urus, a mountainous pueble in the north of Spain.

Having sunk roots and undergone success in Spain and in the European art world, their recent move to southern Ontario, Canada, though unexpected was not without reason. Over and above their affinity to dance and to literature, their intense curiosity for nature, apparent in all of their works, almost predicted settlement in a more tranquil rural area. While they continue to exhibit in Spain and in Brussels, they are currently also exhibiting in three galleries in southern Ontario, with exhibitions in Detroit, Chicago, Toronto and New York in the upcoming year.

IMAGE:
Veronica and Edwin Dam de Nogales
El espiritu del bosque
The spirit of the woods,
60x260x60cm
Bronze and iron
Numbered Series of 3
No. 1/3 is permanently mounted Urus, Spain


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