Latest Hand Crafted Sculptures
My sculpture work includes bowls/vessels, busts, animals and human figures.
I do the original work in artist-plasticine/ceramic clay.
Bronze Bowl- and Vessel collection (Animals)
The inspiration for The Bronze Bowl and Vessel Collection, comes from a historical tradition through the ages, in many cultures, to fashion artistic vessels/bowls, using bronze. From e.g. The “Singing Bowls” (Tibet, Japan, Nepal, etc.), the bronze bowls from the Ming dynasty, bowls/vessels from ancient Greece and Roman times to bronze bowls with Egyptian motives (found in 1849) in northern Iraq. His Bronze Bowl/Vessel Collection features mostly “less familiar animals”. Each is a metaphor and has a story or fable behind it.
The Bronze Bowl and Vessel Collection was first exhibited in 2005 in Stellenbosch, South Africa, at the well-known Dorpstraat Gallery, and also 2 pieces at the Everard Read Gallery in Cape Town, and others. The bronzes are limited to 15 Editions with each piece having the artist’s name and foundry stamp; and can be ordered from the artist.
Spider-Monkeys 1 Bowl
L 600, D 600, H 160 Weight - 26.10 kg
Spider-Monkeys 2 Bowl
L 600, D 300, H 500 Weight - 8.50 kg
The Pangolin Visitor Vessel
L 840, D 385, H 280 Weight - 17.70 kg
L 370, D 250, H 275 Weight - 7.10 kg
Tea Party (Five Birds)
L 400, D 400, H 230 Weight – 9,5 kg
L170, D 170, H 260 Weight - 3.10 kg
L 470, D 470, H 200 Weight - 9.60 kg
The Kingfisher Bowl
L 320, D 310, H 300 Weight - 7.50 kg
L 600, D 600, H 60 Weight - 12.20 kg
The Mantis' Secret
L 800, D 220, H 140 Weight - 10.00 kg
L 600, D 430, H 350 Weight – 15kg
The influences & exploring in this series relates to an “Angst”, a “shacking” that is taking place worldwide. The worldwide anticipation of something that’s coming, we somehow cannot quite explain, combined with a disappointment in political leaders and the materialistic. In these uncertain times, the human hopefully will start to look beyond the physical and “upwards” to fill the “God-shaped” vacuum that is in its design. Consumerism and the lies of the worldwide mass media feeding & blinding us for the truth, make it difficult to …“Look up”.
He recently started to incorporate the human form as metaphor in his artwork. Exploring Mass Media`s influence and its “Social Engineering” on the global population, the new “PERFORMERS” sculpture series, also digs into/explores these themes. In the series “Performers”, Francois wants to invite the viewer to “play with” and “interact” with the artwork, nearly like figurine toys, to discover further meaning and metaphors. Sculptural artwork has normally a very “static” feeling to it. A “don’t touch” stigma, like found in old museums. With this series he wants to break this mindset, bringing sculpture “closer” to the observer.