Onno Dröge

Woodsculptures on panel & ceramic

The art of Onno Dröge is an ode to femininity. In his work, the admiration for women is reflected. There is no lack of the erotic. Lust, love and desire are his main themes. 

Natural materials: 

Through a combination of materials, forms, colours and background, Onno creates a heavenly sphere. He hopes everyone who admires his art experiences some of this feeling.
On the surface of his ceramic works, you must be able to feel the chamotte (little stones). For the artist, this is a way to connect with his beloved raw earth or rocks. 

To his woodsculptures applies that the wood should remain visible to behold its natural appearance. 


The objects are usually geometric, and have female forms. The combination of those female forms and natural materials makes the abstract sculptures look fleshy.
The colours that are used hold a supernatural significance for the artist. Think of the beautiful colours of flowers and trees, sea, water, clouds, sky, sun and animals. Colours have a great impact on mankind and are able to give you a divine feeling. 


In the ceramic works, the artist also makes use of glass that melts during the ceramic firing process, giving it a smooth surface. This smooth surface contrasts sharply with the rough earthly structure of the ceramic and represents the soft water. 

New work: 

Onno’s most recent work exists of wood sculptures that are all combined with a painted panel. The sculpture seems to stand apart from the panel, which serves as decor. Because of this, the sculpture seems to hover.
The shadow of the dynamic sculptures that falls on the panel represents the attendance of the spirit. 

During the process of making, the artist gets his inspiration through the endless search for the fate of mankind, the here and now, new values and the meaning of the big why. 

Toll Sculpture: ceramic object (2001) 

The toll represents the love for the feminine. This is expressed through the round form and the ceramic surface, which has a natural fleshy character. The colour and curved lines that are applied to the toll represent the ultimate feeling of love and affection. 

The Rising sun (2000) 

This work represents the ultimate feeling of warmth and the light that the sun gives us. The curves and the ceramic surface again represent the feminine.
Onno found inspiration for his ceramic work (1992-2001) travelling around the Mediterranean area. Especially Petra, an old ruin city in Jordan that is situated in a ravine surrounded by rocks south of the Dead Sea. Here, Onno was enchanted by the ancient culture, which shows in his ceramic works. In his sculptures, he wants to express both something original and something modern. 

My exhibitions: 

2017: Online exposition Paris: www.galerieludwigtrossaert.com december
Nationale Kunstdagen november 11 and 12 Beursfabriek Nieuwegein info@kunstdagen.nl
Four Seasons Artfair Amsterdam
from august 31 till the 3rd of september info@fourseasonsartfair.com
Eindhoven Art Fair april 8 and 9
Brabant Art Fair march 18 and 19
Peper ART ECI Roermond oktober
Estate: Ellen Verbeek and Derk Sauer in Domburg from the 15th till the 31 of august
Kasteel Daelenbroek in Herkenbosch from june the 12th till the 10th of july
Art fair Eindhoven april 16 en 17
2015: Now Art Fair Rotterdam november 14 and 15 

In july 1992 I ended my study ceramics at the Stadscademie voor Beeldende Kunsten in Maastricht. Immediately afterwards I started my life as a ceramic artist and also started teaching at several primary and middle schools, in an artacedemy and I even gave artcourses in prison. In 2014 I decided to switch to wooden sculputures. 

Email: onno.droge@gmail.com
Website: www.artonno.nl