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Jos Dirix

Jos Dirix's sculptures revolve around the cyclical nature of life and respect for nature. Jos Dirix injects soul into every sculpture, throughout his entire oeuvre, by making its essence fully visible and above all intensely tangible.

The horses, bulls, men, women and predatory beasts created by Jos Dirix are full of vitality and dynamism. Full of primal strength, and yet gracious in their movement. People and animals exuding the energy of life.

In a game combining realistic observation with imagination, Jos Dirix recreates man and beast in bronze in a continuous, dynamic interaction with the material. Full of challenges in achieving the right balance between preserving and reshaping.

'The core aspect of every movement, whether of people or animals, is that there is no beginning and no end. There is just space, it's an open story,' states Jos Dirix. This internationally respected sculptor from the Dutch province of Limburg produces works in which the tension of human or animal movement, the essence of that one single moment, is tangible. 'I capture one moment in life and set it in bronze.'

Jos Dirix lives close to nature in a renovated traditional farmhouse in the village of Neer, Central Limburg, on the edge of the Leudal nature reserve. His home includes his studio and also stables for his own Icelandic horses. He has contact with those noble beasts every day: riding out with them in the natural beauty of the countryside. Balance and rhythm in perfect harmony. A feeling which Jos also experiences in another of his passions: practising the Japanese martial art of jujitsu. Attacking and withdrawing in a balanced, almost spiritual dance. It is precisely these sensations of dynamism and vitality in a spatial experience that inspire Jos Dirix to create his expressive, authentic bronze sculptures.

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