Dirk Santens (Belgium,1966). One of the most impressive equestrian sculptures of our time, Dirk Santens Horses were conceived between 2019 and 2021 and cast in a small edition of only twelve pieces, making the introduction of this work to the market extremely rare.
His horse sculptures are primarily naturalistic in form. However, Santens covers the surface of the bronze with incisions, striations and a beautiful green patine, highlighting the materiality of his medium, and animating the surface of the sculpture when viewed in changing outdoor light, as the artist intends.
Throughout human history, horses have been recorded in art and celebrated by different cultures as a symbol of strength, majesty and victory. Indeed, with its robust figure and proud, lively gait, his horses seem to hark back to the Graeco-Romano equestrian monuments that Santens is highly interested in. For Santens however, his affection for this equine subject was as much personal interest, as it was purely art historical. Monumental in size, yet elegant in form, his sculptures provide an excellent example of the unique and timeless work that establishes Dirk Santens as one of the most significant Belgium sculptors of the 21st Century.
2021 Art route Lissewege
2019 Knokke Hippique 5 * jumping
2018 Art Gallery De Ruimte, Geldrop (NL)
2018 International 5* show jumping Wolvertem.
2018 Art route Heule
2018 Art Atrium Urmond (NL)
2017 Art route Ichtegem
2017 Art route Kortemark
2016 Gallery “Atelier Privé “ Ypres
2015 Art route Lissewege
2014 Gallery “ACIB” Oudenburg
2013 Town Hall Eernegem
2010 Kortemark Art Route
2006 Court of Bruges.
2005 CC De Brouckere Torhout
2004 Gallery “HBV” Koekelare
2003 Gallery “Larin” Aix-en-Provence (FR)
2002 Splinters Leffinge
2001 Gallery “art decor” Amsterdam (NL)
2000 Gallery Declerck Gistel
1998 Center Anto Diez Bredene
1996 CC Ichtegem
1992 Casino Ostend
1991 CC Westkerke (portraits residents)
1990 CC Ichtegem
1987 Walkenburg Oudenburg
Stephan Conter Collection at Stephex Stables (Meise, Belgium)
Cian O'Connor Collection at Karlswood Stables (County Meath, Ireland)