Maarten iron art

Fulltime artist MAARTEN VAESSEN passionately makes iron rust sculptures. Maarten deliberately didn’t follow a specific Art Academy as he wouldn’t follow the teachers’ instructions anyway.

Mostly abstract, sometimes figurative; Maarten’s pieces are always pure and robust as he works with iron as his core material, sometimes combining it with large boulders he finds on the banks of the river Maas.



He forms iron with his tools and hands creating a particular style allowing for coarse welding seams, leaving splashes of hot iron on his work and incorporating dents and cracks.  His gardensculptures get even more fascinating over time as rain, snow and ice will cause his work to rust in various tones of brown and orange.

Art pieces are secured on heavy, hardwood plinths, which are oftentimes made of old and weathered sea bollards. Creating a balanced and very robust combination.

Maarten’s 4000 m2 large Sculpture Garden and workshop in Kessenich, Belgium can be freely visited. In addition, he also selected a few galleries to sell his pieces. Lastly he tours Belgium, The Netherlands and Germany with his unique mobile gallery.


  • 5 March t/m March 2022
    Kunst in Valkenburg, Chateau st. Gerlach (NL)
  • 17th - 18 May KUNST ZONDER GRENZEN (B)
    In my own sculpturegarden exhibit Chris Gadiot (NL), Johannes Donner (Germany) and John Willems (NL) their artworks.
  • 1 April t/m 18 July Kunst a/d Dommel.
    Sculpturegarden De Zwaan, Borkel en Schaft (NL)
  • 1May t/m 26 Sept. Beelden in Gees, Gees (NL)
  • 3 June t/m 26 Sept.  Beeldentuin De Hulenhof, Zelhem (NL)
  • 2 t/m 29 Aug. M&M exhibition in collaboration with Marleen Hansen. ECI cultuurfabriek Roermond (NL)
  • 18-19 Sept. Vern Event Ieper (B)
  • 12 t/m 21 Nov. Identität(s)schichten.
    Haus Hohenbusch, Erkelenz (D)


  • Galerie Beeldentuin Giardino. Berg en Terblijt NL
  • Chateau st.Gerlach Houthem NL
  • Galerie Rembrandt. Eindhoven NL
  • Galerie Lieve Lambrecht. Merendree (Gent) B
  • Galerie De Chêne. Ravels B
  • Galerie Bij Leth. Emmen NL