Diederick Kraaijeveld is a self taught artist. What started as a hobby, collecting memorabilia which he would then turn into colorful collages, progressed into another passion, that of vintage cars. In 2005, merging these two passions, Diederick set about the task of recreating his beloved 1966 Mustang, immortalizing it to become his first ever piece for 'Oudhout' (literally: Old Wood).
Working predominantly from photographs he takes himself, each piece is hand carved and assembled using reclaimed, genuine colored wood that Diederick scavenges himself during his daytrips around his native Holland and travels around the world. He gets tipped frequently when centuries old floors (his favorite material because of the history and the natural patina of ages) are torn out of buildings all over The Netherlands. Painted wooded planks, flooring from old mansions and rural farmhouses have all found a place in his work. When asked if there is a favorite wood he is drawn to, Diederick is quick to point of that colour is the leading factor when sourcing material. A single work can consist of over a hundred different pieces of color, and therefore over a hundred different pieces of wood, giving his sculptures its unique perspective and irregular surface. Diederick only uses the wood in the colours that he finds them. He does not use any paint at all.
It is Diederick's goal to create beautiful and desirable icons out of materials that people have discarded. His work has been exhibited all over the world: Holland, USA, Russia and Dubai. Plus One Gallery is pleased to present Diederick Kraaijeveld's first solo show.