Adriaan Vanderlugt was born in the Netherlands and grew up in Canada. Upon graduating from High School in 1962, his art career began in a Graphic Design Studio in Hamilton, Ontario.  He exhibited his first sculpture in a juried exhibition in 1970 in Hamilton and won awards in the Ontario Craft Foundation ’75. Adriaan had three alphabet designs accepted in a Lettergraphics International Alphabet Design competition in the USA in 1976.

In 1977, he emigrated to Australia and now lives in the Whitsundays with his Australian wife, Denise.

His first sculpture exhibition in Australia was in Gosford in 1983 and his work has been included in many group showings since.  He has also held a number of individual exhibitions.  Adriaan was invited to be part of the 1986 ‘Australian Fortnight’ in Dallas, Texas, USA and was a guest artist at the Trans Tasman Wood Exhibition in Sydney in 1991.

Adriaan has been carving bone, stone, wood, marble and metal for over five decades and his sculptures of animals, birds and fish are held in collections around the world.   In 1997 he was commissioned to create the furniture for the new chapel on Hayman Island.

For the Centenary of Federation Celebrations in 2001, he created a number of public sculptures for the Mackay Whitsunday Region.  His sculptures have been included in four ‘Strand Ephemera’ and two ‘Fringe Ephemera’ Exhibitions in Townsville.  He also exhibited two sculptures at the ‘12th Thursday Plantation East Coast Sculpture Show’ in Ballina in 2007.   His first entry in the SWELL Sculpture Festival was in 2009 and his sculpture ‘Five White Shorebirds’ was acquired by the Gold Coast City Council and installed at Rainbow Bay in Coolangatta.  He has had entries in five subsequent SWELL Sculpture Festivals.

In 2012 Adriaan  was  commissioned to create public sculptures in western Queensland, with Five ‘Woolbale’ Sheep for the town of Quilpie and a 3.5m Bottle Tree at the Living Arts Centre in Blackall.  Then from 2013 to 2018, he installed a group of seven wood wildlife sculptures outside of the Mackay Entertainment Centre.

In 2018-2019 Reef Ecologic hosted a project to install Australia’s first underwater sculptures in the Great Barrier Reef and Adriaan was asked to create two of the six sculptures proposed. A 4m wide Manta Ray was installed at Manta Ray Bay and a 4m long Maori Wrasse was placed in Blue Pearl Bay, both in the Whitsundays.

A private commission in 2019, was to recreate the well known sculpture of the ‘Musicians of Bremen’ for an Animal Rescue practice. This resulted in a 2.8m tall scrap metal sculpture placed at the entrance of the property in Preston, near Proserpine.

As an Art Consultant, Adriaan was helpful in revitalising the Streetscape of Proserpine in the 80’s and 90’s and was involved in creating the ‘Green Room” at the Proserpine Hospital.  For six years, Adriaan wrote a weekly Art Column in the Whitsunday Coast Guardian for which in 2005, he received a Mackay Regional ‘Arts-is-in Award’ for recognition of his media coverage of the arts.

In 2003 he was honoured with an Australia Centenary Medal ‘for distinguished service to the arts’.

In December of 2013 Adriaan was filmed for an Episode for the TV Show ‘Colour In Your Life’ hosted by Graeme Stevenson which has since been distributed worldwide.



2018     North East Tasmania Bakhap Award for Sculpture, Finalist                           2015-17     Fringe Ephemera, Invited Artist, Townsville Qld                                           2015-16     Paxtons Portrait Prize, Mackay Qld                                                                  2015     AIMS  Open Day Australia Institute of Marine Science, Townsville Qld              2013-15-17-18     Outdoor Sculptures, Mackay Entertainment Centre Qld                 2013     ART with ALTITUDE Skygate, Brisbane Airport Corporation Qld                      2012     Heartland Festival, Invited Artist and Judge, Blackall Qld                                  2011     Art on Show Awards, Mackay Qld                                                                         2011     Ephemera in the Mist, Paluma Qld                                                                                2010     Gold Coast Arts Festival, Invited Artist, Gold Coast Qld                           2009-10-11-12-13-14     SWELL Sculpture Festival, Currumbin Qld                               2008     Arts West, Public Artwork, Longreach Qld                                                    2007-10-12     Percival Portrait Award, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville Qld      2007     Thursday Plantation, 12th Sculpture Show, Ballina NSW                                  2006     Percival Vestments, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville Qld       2005-07-11-13     Strand Ephemera, Townsville Qld                                                     2005-07    Mount Gambier Sculpture Symposium, Mount Gambier SA                 2005-06-07-08     Whitsunday Boat Show Marine Art, Airlie Beach Qld                       2005     Whitsunday Great Walks for the Art + Environment, Artspace Mackay, Qld  2001     Coast to Coal Sculptures, Sarina, Clermont, Moranbah, Nebo, Mackay Qld  2001     Whitsunday Centenary of Federation Sculpture Symposium, Airlie Beach Qld 2001     Dame Mary Durack Awards, Queensland Museum, Brisbane Qld 1997-98-99-2000   All Nature Art Exhibition, Mt. Coot-tha Gardens, Brisbane Qld    1996     Ramsar National Wetlands Exhibition, Brisbane Exhibition Centre Qld         1996     GBRUMPA Exhibition, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville Qld               1995     Wildlife in Art, Currumbin Sanctuary Qld                                                            1994     Birds, Animals and the Landscape, Art Galleries Schubert, Main Beach Qld 1992-93-94   Wildlife in Art, Queensland Museum, Brisbane Qld                                 1992     Visual Arts Exhibition, Sculpture Award, Sarina Qld                                            1991     Trans Tasman Wood Exhibition, Guest Artist, Sydney NSW                                1988-91     National Woodwork Exhibition, Melbourne Vic                                              1988     Whitsunday Focus World Expo ’88, Brisbane Qld                                                   1987 to 2011    Art Whitsunday Annual Exhibitions, ‘Award Winner’ Airlie Beach Qld     1986-88     Grafton House Galleries, Cairns Qld                                                               1986     Australian Fortnight, Neiman Marcus, Dallas, Texas USA                                1985-89     Barry Stern Galleries, Sydney NSW                                                                     1983     Beyond the Bowl, Bucketty, via Gosford NSW                                                        1976     New Local Art, Flamborough Gallery, Waterdown, Canada                               1975     Ontario Crafts ’75 ‘Award Winner’ Niagara on the Lake and Toronto, Canada 1970     CKOC Radio Art Exhibition, Hamilton Art Gallery, Hamilton, Canada



2018     ‘Langford Reef’ Marine Research Project, Whitsunday Qld                               2012     ‘Sculptor in Residence’, Quilpie Qld                                                                      2012     ‘Artist in Residence’, Blackall Qld                                                                               2009     Villa Botanica  ‘Artist in Residence’  Airlie Beach Qld                                          2008     Peninsula Apartments  ‘Around the Pool’, Airlie Beach Qld                               2007     Artspace Mackay  ‘Nature Transmogrified’, Mackay Qld                                    2006     Pinnacles Gallery  ‘Nature Transmogrified’, Thuringowa Qld                                 1996     Perc Tucker Regional Gallery ‘Pun Intended’, Townsville Qld                           1995     Hayman Island Resort Qld                                                                                      1995     Chengody Gallery, Airlie Beach Qld                                                                       1995     Upstairs Gallery, Cairns Qld                                                                                      1990     Great Barrier Reef Aquarium, Townsville Qld