Herbert Nouwens (Oegstgeest, 1954) is a Dutch sculptor who mainly works in steel. After his education at the City Academy and the Jan van Eyckacademie in Maastricht, he lived and worked for several years at Castle Arcen. In 1986 he left for Amsterdam. He worked there for a long time on the site of the Westergasfabriek. When the park was built there, he eventually left for Slochteren in Groningen, where he could realize his old dream, namely living and working in the same place, in a former diary. Already during his academy time, Herbert Nouwens became fascinated by steel: welding, cutting, forging. He was brought up with this material, with two grandfathers as blacksmiths and the smithy of his father at home. The seemingly rigid, hard material forms with welding flame and cutting torch to fragile and emotionally physically experienced sculptures. Nouwens prefers to work with material that already has a life behind it and is bombed, dented, folded, patinated by time and use. The material is pliable, you can build large and fragile constructions with it and it has a living surface that changes its color and structure over time. Nouwens exploits those qualities of the material. In recent years he also works in stainless steel and stone.