Chris Tap

Cris Tap

The Netherlands, 1973

Sculptures

Inspired by his surroundings, Chris Tap makes animal sculptures in his studio in Overveen. Educated by his father, artist Wim Tap, he developed the basic skills for what would later become his profession and passion. Tap became fascinated by animals as a child and he studied them at a later age.

Thanks to a unique collaboration with a doctor who anaesthetized and operated on various predators, Tap was given the opportunity to measure the proportions and size of jaguars and lions; to feel their bones and muscles with his own hands.

Thanks to this very thorough knowledge of the anatomy of animals, Tap creates sculptures of nature in perfected in detail. The impressive, life-sized bronze or marble sculptures are evidence of his master craftsmanship. They seem to come alive with an intense look in their eyes.

Tap has made sculptures commissioned by UEFA, Puma, Cartier, and Artis, among others, and his work is purchased by collectors from all continents.

“Through a unique collaboration with a veterinarian, I had the opportunity to measure the size and proportions of jaguars and lions; to feel their bones and muscles with my own hands.”

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