Janko de Beer | South Africa

“I like the way the space dissolves barriers between design, fine art, and sculpture, erasing the necessity for distinction and simply allowing the joy of experiencing beauty and individuality”

BIO

Janko de Beer is a South African artist who actually lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa.

The natural shapes and textures of dried-out bull kelp collected from various beaches around South Africa inspire his current work. The sculptures are constructed by creating a metal armature, which is shrouded in dry bull kelp stems, bulbs and fins. Details and depth are added using non-drying modelling clay. The final product is moulded and cast into limited editions of bronze sculptures by using the lost wax casting technique. Janko does all of his own patinas, using both conventional and unconventional methods, which result in unexpectedly rich and unusual colours.

The sculptures are visually stimulating, bold and dramatic. They are a unique mastery of motion, form and texture influenced by the precepts of contemporary futurism in sculpting. They convey the history of the medium through strong individual characters, with a subtle touch of surrealism.

Special series

Janko’s faces and masks series titled Elders is a contemporary interpretation, based on the face and ceremonial painting techniques of the Dinka people of South Sudan. The sculptures represent the allegorical use of masks.

Janko‘s feline series titled Umbabat is a bespoke interpretation of Africa’s big cats in motion just before they settle in for the kill. The sculptures represent the animals’ speed, agility and movement through time and space.

Janko’s horse themed series titled Equus is based on the mythical relationship between humans and horses. Janko focuses on Myth, Legend, Conflict and Pleasure — encapsulating the role that horses have played in the evolution of civilisation.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

Selected exhibitions

2021
Metamorphosis Metamorphosis, Creation Wine Estate, Hermanus, South Africa

Janko de beer x Ken Forrester Vineyards, Ken Forrester Vineyards,

Stellenbosch, South Africa

Solo Exhibition Janko de Beer, Denzil’s & Jo, Johannesburg, South Africa 

Motion Bandits ( skateboard art benefitting ladles of love ), Galleryone11, Cape Town, South Africa

2018
The Turbine Art Fair (TAF), S Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

Bespoke Art Auction, Little Angels, Idiom Wine Estate

Valley Flair Art Auction, Lizamore & Assoc. Gallery,

Dennis Goldberg Art Auction, S Gallery

Bridges for Music Art Auction, Art it Is Gallery

public installation, The Boutique Gallery, Boschendal Sculpture Garden

public installation, Century City Arts Foundation, Century City Arts Trail

First Thursday Group Exhibition, Youngblood Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

Julie Miller Investment Art, Johannesburg, South Africa

The Turbine Art Fair, Johannesburg, South Africa

Red Gallery, Constantia, South Africa

S | Gallery, Houtbay, South Africa

ISPS Handa Art of Polo Invitational, Val de Vie Estate, South Africa

World Art Dubai, Dubai, UAE

Art Africa Fair, Cape Town, South Africa

Valley Flair Auction, Leopards Leap Estate, South Africa

MAD Leadership Foundation Auction, Manor House Gold Estate, London, United Kingdom

Constructing Imagination, solo exhibition, ODA Gallery, Franschoek, South Africa

Hermanus Fynarts, Benguela Cove, Hermanus, South Africa

Valley Flair Auction, Val de Vie Estate, South Africa

KKNK 2016, ART-Karoo Gallery, Oudtshoorn, South Africa

That Art Fair, The Palms, Woodstock, Cape Town, South Africa

TBA, Edward Day Gallery, Toronto, Canada

Seven, Land Rover Jaguar, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Group exhibition, RED Gallery, Constantia, South Africa

Group exhibition, S| Gallery, Houtbay, South Africa

2015
Nature, group exhibition, Oude Libertas Gallery, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Art-Mode & World Design Capital, group exhibition, The Palms, Cape Town, South Africa

Horse, group exhibition, Oude Libertas Gallery, Stellenbosch, South Africa

The Nature of Art, group exhibition, ABSA KKNK, Oudshoorn, South Africa

2014
Equus Exhibition, Cavalli Estate, Somerset West, South Africa

First Thursday Group Exhibition, Youngblood Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

Art-Mode & World Design Capital, group exhibition, The Palms, Cape Town, South Africa

First Thursday Group Exhibition, Youngblood Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

Group exhibition, Youngblood Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

2010
Solo exhibition, Long Street Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

2008
Group exhibition, Artapart Gallery, Muizenberg, South Africa

2007
Group exhibition, Breytenbach Gallery, Wellington, South Africa

2006
Group exhibition, Drop Street Theatre Gallery, Stellenboch, South Africa

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