1017 KR Amsterdam
tel: 06 18965640
Leon Strous, Dutch ceramist born in Swalmen in 1957. Can not remember himself differently from his childhood than he was busy drawing.
About 25 years ago, he became fascinated in ceramic sculptures. He felt the urge to go to work in three dimensions.
He makes daily farts on little sticky notes from own observation or appropriate newspaper photos, humorous snapshots and fantasies: the man on the street and his facial expressions, shapes, absurdities and attitudes. It is necessary that a certain joke value is present and there is movement visible in the form.
Leon prefers working with fine clay, so as detailed as possible to be able to work out the shapes. His sculptures have, as it were individuals themselves with an appearance and emotion, balancing on the area between reality and abstraction with humor.
When the possibility of a private studio arose, his concentration on ceramics was only bigger and more intense. He currently has a private gallery and studio in Amsterdam where he now lives and works.
In 2012 he competed for the Netherlands in an international workshop organized by the World Art Games to Vukovar in Croatia. In 2015 winner of the gold medal for ceramics at the WAG, Bratislava, Slovakia.