This is Rein Slagmolen

By Gwylym Owen

Full image (click)

Rein Slagmolen was a Dutch-Australian performer and sculptor.

Marinus “Rein” Slagmolen was born upon 7 November 1916 near Utrecht, the Netherlands, as the youngest son of Gijsbertus Slagmolen & Mathilda Maria Slagmolen-Jacobs. He had three older siblings Cornelia Maria “Corrie”(1906-2004), Gijsbertus “Gijs” (1908-1993), & Marinus Allegondus (1909-1911). Rein died on 29 January 1999.

As a youth man, Rein proverb himself “as ‘Tarzan’ and looking for adventure” and he spent some years in Africa since the Second World War. He enlisted in the Princess Irene Brigade in England in 1943, where he was share of Gevechts Groep 3 (GGIII). He returned to Africa after the war.

He studied art in Europe and Africa.

Rein emigrated to Australia taking into consideration his later wife Hilary Prudence “Prue” Reynolds Slagmolen in 1949 to confirm himself as an artist and sculptor.

H.W. Jones Pty Ltd, through the initiative of Rex Jones, expanded their lead-lighting piece of legislation about the mature the additional St Andrew’s Church, Brighton was mammal built in 1961. H.W. Jones was an established perfect in Sydney Road, Brunswick, Melbourne and operated as experienced leadlighters, merchants and importers.

With the point of providing a full design service, Rex Jones and Rein Slagmolen formed a partnership to announce Vetrart Studios for the plan of designing and making windows and other art works. Vetrart Studios recognised the infatuation for architects, artists and industry to pretense collaboratively in the design and construction of additional church buildings.

Slagmolen in addition to had a background in chemical research, leading to the making of such materials as ‘Polylite’ panels and a matrix for definite glass windows. The latter, he claimed, was dimensionally stable and overcame the burden of these windows leaking because of the shrinking of the real matrix. He worked when the C.S.I.R.O. to develop innovative techniques to preserve and expand glass panels.

In the ahead of time 1960s, Slagmolen and Vetrart Studios worked in the same way as the noted Australian church architect Louis Williams for such major commissions as St Andrew’s Church, Brighton and St Boniface’s Cathedral, Bunbury.

Another capably known example of Slagmolen’s law is the glass mosaic wall in the foyer of Qantas House in Melbourne.

Slagmolen’s artistic fake was not restricted to a single material and he worked in bronze, aluminium, concrete, plastics, enamels as well as stained glass. Slagmolen was also in the middle of the artists exploring the possibilities of dalle de verre glasswork.

Major examples of his exploit exist in:

What do you think of the works of Rein Slagmolen?

Use the form below to say your opinion about Rein Slagmolen. All opinions are welcome!

Share on twitter
Share on facebook
Share on linkedin
Share on pinterest

After Reading: This is Rein Slagmolen, You might also enjoy

What do you think?

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.