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 local art academy 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 .
In 2023 , he started making birds ,some in limited editions , but most of them are unique pieces ( one of a kind ) .
Here is a selection of artfairs and exhibitions where his sculptures were shown :
Classic Kortrijk , Lineart Ghent , pAn Amsterdam , Eurantica Brussels , Antica Namur , Salon de Longchamp Paris , Art fair Den Bosch , Art London , Summerfair Olympia London , Decorative Fair London , AAF London , Chelsea Flowershow London , Kunst en antiekbeurs Naarden Vesting , Primavera Rotterdam , Realism Amsterdam , SOFA New York , Art Toronto , Art Karlsruhe , Art Laren , London Art Fair Islington , BRAFA Brussels , Arts and Designfair Miami , British Art Fair London , PAD Paris , solo-exhibition at OFI asset management Paris , SAB Brussels , Art in the Park Beerzel .....
Pieter Vanden Daele was born in East-Flanders, Belgium where he lives and works . His bronze sculptures of different fish species , frogs and birds are now exhibited in Belgium , the Netherlands , the UK , France , the USA and Canada .
The river Scheldt and numerous ponds provide an ideal fishing area around his native town .