Mark began his career as bronze caster. He gained command of the craft while also feeling the need to create himself. Carefully, step by step and at first rarely satisfied about the result. The turning point came in 1996.
The municipality of Schoten commissioned him to develop a design he had submitted for a competition.
A new ‘artist/sculptor’ was born! From a debut with abstract sculptures, a gradual evolution towards stylised bronze human and animal figures to, these past 13 years, exclusively animals, with a preference for birds. Nature has always been the source of inspiration for Mark’s creations. His starting point is animals in their natural environment; he is inspired by their poses, movements, the colours of their plumage, and even the way they look at things. His work captures a moment. In its simplicity, in its starkness.
Mark Dedrie is internationally active. His sculptures are sold in the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Germany, France and the Middle East. He has exhibited in various exceptional locations such as the Royal Botanic Gardens in London and the Weltvogelpark in Germany. Mark was also selected twice for Art and the Animal (in 2018 and 2019) and will be exhibiting for the first time in 2019 at Birds in Art, a museum exhibition that has been organised each year in the US since 1976 and only shows the best contemporary artistic interpretations of birds.