Pieter Vanden Daele

Bronze Sculptures

Pieter Vanden Daele was born in Oudenaarde , Belgium where he lives and works . His bronze sculptures of different fish species and frogs are now exhibited in Belgium , the Netherlands , the UK , France , the USA , Canada and Russia .
The river Scheldt and numerous ponds provide an ideal fishing area around his native town . His friends were passionate anglers and from an early age , Pieter found himself fascinated by the underwaterworld and its amazing fauna . Being creative by nature , he went to the academy of Oudenaarde where he attented painting classes . In 2000 , he started working in an artfoundry as a teaching practice , where he learned the process of moulding the pieces , making wax sculptures , bronze casting , polishing and patinating ,.....
In 2003 , he joined his passions together and began casting bronze sculptures of different fish , mostly carps . Pieter sculpts his original model out of organic materials such as leaves , wood , leather , wax and many other materials . This results in the rough and elaborate surface of his pieces , thus beautifully rendering the actual skin of fish . His fish are alive , captured for eternity in bronze , just as nature captured prehistoric fish in fossils . It is not only the life like quality of his sculptures but also the wonderful patina that Pieter creates for
his pieces that sets him apart as an artist . Since 2014 he also makes frogs with the same techniques . Most of Pieter's sculptures are limited edition bronzes .