Gerhard Van Niekerk
From a young age I developed a keen interest in the human body. Its individual uniqueness, beauty, strength and movement, but also its fragility, vulnerability and temporality. These are also the underlying themes of my sculptures. In my work I develop these themes by juxtaposing seemingly contradicting concepts as well as techniques. For example, hard vs soft; smooth vs rough; growth vs decay; permanent vs temporary; realistic vs abstract; classic vs contemporary. This well-defined thematic approach, combined with my highly developed technical skill, results in not just beautifully made sculptures, but also thought-provoking pieces of art. I prefer to model his sculptures in clay, where after I cast it in a unique marble and GFRC (glass fibre reinforced concrete) composite I developed. This medium creates sculptures of immense strength and durability, while still allowing me to portray my interpretations of the human body.