Welcome to my Website:
My name is Gerard Roelof Verkaaik.
I was born in Holland in 1948, emigrated to N.Z. in 1952.
Grew up as a kiwi kid, married a Kiwi girl, raised 2 kiwi kids and now have four grand-kiwi kids.
Spent my working life as a Medical Scientist and am now in the “third age” releasing a long-dormant family art gene by way of sculpture.
While on a sculpture course run through NMIT under Lydia Geldof in 2003, she challenged me with the question “Why are you not an artist?”
I have been answering that ever since.
I am a member of 'Artists Of Marlborough', featured on page 54 in the Destination Marlborough Visitor Guide 2017.
Look for the ARTIST sign outside my gate at 41 New Renwick Road Blenheim, my home Studio and Sculpture Garden.
I have also been Artist in Residence at Forrest Estate Winery since 2008, where many of my creations are on display in this sculpture park setting all year from 10.00am to 4.30pm. Works are for sale through the Cellar Door.
Other sites where some of my works are displayed:
ATKINS GALLERY: 34 Bridge St NELSON
BRYCE GALLERY of contemporary fine art: Cnr Riccarton Road/Paeroa St CHRISTCHURCH
OCEAN ARTS KAIKOURA: Container Precinct in Main St
SEASIDE GEMS Gallery: 12A London Quay PICTON
email firstname.lastname@example.org also on Facebook
WILDERNESS GALLERY: 29 Tancred Street HOKITIKA
Fusionart is an elegant blend of stone, steel, brass, glass, or wood creatively melded into unique pieces of sculpture, sometimes in collaboration with other artisans. Using Oamaru stone as the core element, I create a wide range of sculpture in both traditional and conceptual styles for both indoor and outdoor sites.