Hassencamp has been represented at the Parnell Gallery since March 2007. Originally from Germany, Hassencamp now resides in Auckland and works from his home studio.
From the artist: “I have been making bronze sculptures for over thirty years. I learned from the experience of others, attended courses, studied the work of sculptors and I still love to go to museums – especially those showing bronze sculpture. These visits always inspire me – particularly European artists such as Henry Moore, Jean Arpe and Constantin Brancusi. I have exhibited in Germany and here in New Zealand in many private exhibitions. In 2005 I won the Sculpture Award in the Members Exhibition of the Mairangi Art Centre, Auckland. My designs follow the contents. I like some tension between straight and diagonal or curved lines. The proportions have to be right, also bringing in space by openings. I love to create openings in my sculptures – they bring light and shadows and connect the sculpture with the environment. The surface has to correspond with the subject – a smooth surface for more abstract pieces and a more lively surface for more realistic pieces.”