Sturkenboom was formerly a welder before graduating with honors in 2012 at Artez, Institute for the Arts in Arnhem. He is trained as a designer but now acts as an independent artist.
Design is a word that can mean a great deal of different things depending on the time, place, and context that one chooses to view it in.
The Oxford English Dictionary defines design as: “Purpose, planning, or intention that exists or is thought to exist behind an action, fact, or material object.”
Perhaps that’s his only tie with design; Sturkenboom creates purposeful, intentional objects. In doing so, he works together with devoted craftsmen and artisans around the world. His work is part of public and private collections and exhibitions worldwide.
Sturkenboom delivers absolute statements through fierce intention, careful planning, and purposeful energy that proliferates in his will to express. Throughout all of this, he manages to balance a visual cadence between the absurd and a sharp sense of humor.
He welcomes the viewer to casually slip into his conceptual narrative.