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. Adriaaan 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 four decades and his sculptures of animals, birds and fish are held in collections around the world. He also designs and makes furniture. 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 six ‘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 each year in subsequent SWELL Sculpture Festivals to 2014.
Adriaan’s most recent challenges were public sculptures for communities in western Queensland, with the Five ‘Woolbale’ Sheep for the town of Quilpie and a 3.5m Bottle Tree located at the Living Arts Centre in Blackall. Then in 2013 he installed a group of five wood wildlife sculptures outside of the Mackay Entertainment Centre and another one in 2015 and one more in 2017.
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 a number of 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 and which has since been distributed worldwide.
2018 North East Tasmania Bakhap Award for Sculpture, Short Listed 2018-17-15-13 Outdoor Sculptures, Mackay Entertainment Centre Qld
2017-15 Fringe Ephemera, Invited Artist, Townsville Qld
2016-15 Paxtons Portrait Prize, Mackay Qld
2015 AIMS Open Day Australia Institute of Marine Science, Townsville Qld
2014-13-12-11-10-09 SWELL Sculpture Festival, Currumbin Qld
2014-13-12-11-10-09 SWELL Smalls Gallery, Way of Design Gallery, Currumbin Qld
2013 ART with ALTITUDE Skygate, Brisbane Airport Corporation Qld
2013-11-07-05 Strand Ephemera, Townsville Qld
2012 Heartland Festival, Invited Artist and Judge, Blackall Qld
2012-10-07 Percival Portrait Award, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville Qld
1987 to 2011 Art Whitsunday Annual Exhibitions, ‘Award Winner’ Airlie Beach 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
2008-07-06-05 Whitsunday Boat Show Marine Art, Airlie Beach Qld
2008 Arts West, Public Artwork,Longreach Qld
2007 Thursday Plantation, 12th Sculpture Show, Ballina NSW
2007-05 Mount Gambier Sculpture Symposium, Mount Gambier SA
2006 Percival Vestments, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville 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
2000-99-98-97 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
1994-93-92 Wildlife in Art, Queensland Museum, Brisbane Qld
1994 Birds, Animals and the Landscape, Art Galleries Schubert, Main Beach Qld
1992 Visual Arts Exhibition, Sculpture Award, Sarina Qld
1991 Trans Tasman Wood Exhibition, Guest Artist, Sydney NSW
1991-88 National Woodwork Exhibition, Melbourne Vic
1989-85 Barry Stern Galleries, Sydney NSW
1988 Whitsunday Focus World Expo ’88, Brisbane Qld
1988-86 Grafton House Galleries, Cairns Qld
1986 Australian Fortnight, Neiman Marcus, Dallas, Texas USA
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, Toronto, Canada
1970 CKOC Radio Art Exhibition, Hamilton Art Gallery, Hamilton, Canada
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