BEWARE OF BLACK SPIDERS
An overture from a mysterious female admirer takes sculptor John Boxtel on a disturbing journey into dark places in the human heart.
Born in the Netherlands, John Boxtel studied architecture at the Technical School in Tilburg, the Netherlands. After emigrating to Canada in 1954, he began working as a carpenter in Whitby, Ontario, and then studied sculpture at the College of Art in Toronto, the University of Toronto, and the Artists' Workshop in London, Ontario. Beginning in 1967, he taught art, first at high school and then at college level. In 1980 he moved to an island in the St. Lawrence River to work full time as a sculptor. John’s commissions for public monuments in the Netherlands, Switzerland, Canada, and the United States include a series of sculptures erected at the sites of Ukrainian internment camps in Canada during the First World War, the cenotaph at East Gwillimbury, the Molly Brant memorial in Kingston, and a number of private sculptures around the world.
John has had gallery exhibitions in Toronto, Hamilton, Montreal, Kingston, Boston, and the Netherlands. He is the subject of the documentary film Moving Target (Van Osch Films 2008).
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Also by John Boxtel:
Go Fly a Kite: The Kite Builder's Manual
Under the Wing of an Angel
Thousand Island Pioneers