Leon van den Eijkel was inspired to create “something from nothing” after seeing potential in his discarded drawings. These balls of screwed up paper strewn around his studio, rejected failures, became sculptural in themselves - just the work he was searching for.
Leon typically chooses to use bright colours in his work, communicating his love of life and appreciation of the world around us.
The artist studied at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague from 1958-1963. He came to New Zealand from The Netherlands in 1986, lived in Wellington, on Waiheke Island and is now based in Auckland. He has exhibited widely in Europe, the USA and in New Zealand where he is represented in major public and private collections including the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, museums in Rotterdam and Ghent, The Museum of Modern Art in New York and Te Papa Tongarewa, Museum of New Zealand, Wellington.