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     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       2001    Coast to Coal Sculptures, Sarina, Clermont, Moranbah, Nebo, Mackay 2001    Whitsunday Centenary of Federation Sculpture Symposium, Airlie Beach 2001     Dame Mary Durack Awards, Queensland Museum, Brisbane Qld 1997-98-99-2000    All Nature Art Exhibition, Mt. Coot-tha Gardens, Brisbane     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, 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 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 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