Hennie Niemann Jnr: Bacchanal
Hennie Niemann Jnr - Bacchanal
Dumile Feni: Head
Dumile Feni - Head
Cecil Skotnes: Female figure
Cecil Skotnes - Female figure

Johans Borman Fine Art will be presenting a two-part exhibition at the FNB Joburg Art Fair, Sandton Convention Centre, 11 - 13 September 2015.

To view the works on exhibition please visit
Gallery I:
Gallery II:
Gallery III:

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Part one investigates the genre of portraiture and identity, juxtaposing paintings with sculpture as well as works by Modern African Masters with those of contemporary artists. As human beings, we are deeply driven by our sense of identity. We categorize ourselves, and others, according to religion, culture, skin colour, language, profession and whatever else we believe separates us. Although we broadly define ourselves by our membership of such groups, we also define ourselves by comparison and contrast with others, even when these experiences are predominantly based on external observations or ‘skin deep’ qualities.

Contemporary portraiture has evolved beyond the historical memorialization of the rich and powerful, the sentiment of ancestral records, or the anthropological documentation of exotic tribes. Human behaviour, characteristics and identity offer a rich study field for artists – as they do for psycho-analysts – and provide them with the challenge of capturing this in all its complexity. The pride and beauty captured by Dumile Feni in his striking rendition of an African head, the rich, exotic nature of Irma Stern’s ‘Fruit seller’, the fragile innocence of Maggie Laubser’s ‘Girl with folded arms’, the whimsical character of Ezrom Legae’s ‘Head of a child’ and the playful exuberance of Richard Mudariki’s ‘Bridesmaid’ are good examples of such interpretations.

Part two explores aspects of movement and abstraction in works by Cecil Skotnes, Owusu-Ankomah, Hennie Niemann Jnr, Anthony Lane and Warrick Kemp. Cecil Skotnes’ carved panels symbolically express his contemporary experience of mankind, while Owusu-Ankomah combines Adinkra symbols from Ghana with symbols from various world cultures to explore man’s spirituality. Hennie Niemann Jnr’s complex compositions capture the energy, rhythm and harmony of dancing figures in his unique richly coloured, abstracted, hard-edged forms. These vibrant canvasses are complimented by Anthony Lane’s cascading aluminium sculptures which mimic the intricate curves of the human form and the continuous movement inspired by the idea of pages floating to earth.

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