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.


  • 22 and 23 July My sculpturegarden is opened without appointment. On one of the terraces you can enjoy a nice chat and have a free drink.
  • 26th and 27th August BACK TO MY ROOTS. 3 artists from my home village Heythuysen (NL) exhibit in my sculpture garden.
  • 11th March till March 2024
    Kunst in Valkenburg, Chateau st. Gerlach Valkenburg (NL)
  • 1th May DAG VAN DE ARTBEID. Sculpturegarden open from 13.00h-17.00h
  • 18th till 21th May  Exclusive KUNSTzinnigONTBIJT. (Art Breakfast)
    A deluxe breakfast is served on the garden terrace.
  • Some of my sculptures can be seen at Chateau Neercanne. Maastricht.
  • March till June Exhibition Gallery Mizar(T) Zutendaal (B)
  • 28th May till 29th May  Interlimburgse Kunstfietsdagen. Location Heppeneert (B)
  • 10th Nov. till 19th Nov. Identität(s)schichten.
    Haus Hohenbusch, Erkelenz (D)


  • Galerie Beeldentuin Giardino. Berg en Terblijt NL
  • Chateau st.Gerlach Houthem NL
  • Chateau Neercanne. Maastricht NL
  • Galerie Lieve Lambrecht. Merendree (Gent) B
  • Galerie Mizar(t). Zutendaal B