Opening on Sunday 21 June, Artisan Gallery will be hosting an exhibition of a selection of Maureen Quin’s bronze sculptures and drawings.
With a career spanning six decades, her versatility reflects the gauntlet of both her European heritage while remaining intuitively “of Africa”. Through her long career she has proved to be one of South Africa’s most progressive sculptors.
Born in Bloemfontein, Quin was awarded a bursary to study at the then Natal Technical College in Durban, where she studied sculpture under Mary Stainbank. In her final year she was awarded the Emma Smith bursary to study at Goldsmith College in London. Her training and travels during this time brought her into contact with both the classical masterpieces in the museums, but also with the works of Henry Moore, the Surrealists, the attenuated forms of Modigliani as well as the directions in art current at the time.
This close connection with what is relevant and current, combined with her strength, personal vision and awareness of the individual’s fight for survival are chords that bind her diverse themes. The surface tensions, textural nuances, strong directional lines and mastery of the human form for expressive purposes combine to make her visually and emotively exciting.
The exhibition opening will be at 15.00 for 15.30 with Carol Brown as guest speaker. There will be two walkabouts, one on the Monday after the opening, and one on the last Friday of the exhibition (the 3 July) before it closes on 4 July.