Sculptor Hannes Loots at Gallery88 - Western Cape , Paarl

Art - Western Cape - Paarl

Sculptor Hannes Loots at Gallery88

When: Saturday, 15 September 2012
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Where: Gallery88 , Paarl , Western Cape


Exhibition "Ghôba" of sculpture in bronze and stone by Hannes Loots at Gallery 88, 88A Main Road, Paarl, from 15 to 29 September.

Hannes Loots studied sculpturing techniques by attending the Art School of Port Elizabeth Technicon's Faculty of Art and Design under the guidance of David Jones and Andriette Wentzel. From 1992 to 1995 Loots completed advanced courses in sculpturing techniques, moulds and design using different media. In 2012 Loots did marble sculpturing in the studio and under the guidance of the master sculptor, Severino Braccialarghe in Croce/Caldarola, Italy.

Loots was awarded the Dave MacGregor trophy for sculpture by the Eastern Province Society of Fine Arts in 1993 and has since 1996 taken part in many combined exhibitions in South Africa and Dubai.

Although working in different media, Loots prefer indigenous wood, bronze, stone andsoft metals.

A resident of Stellenbosch, Loots is a medical doctor, executive consultant, student in philosophy, traveller and sculptor.

About his creations, Loots says: "My sculptures are uncomplicated and somewhat impulsive, but I do not reduce art to simplicity. The texture, colour and form are often dictated by the medium used. I do find ideas, inspiration and motivation in what I read, touch and observe about things in the world around me. Art is for me to see and to imagine."

This exhibition is titled Ghôba, after "Ghôba's place", which is the ruins of an old shepherd's stand on a family farm in the Karoo where ancient stone artefacts present itself from time to time. The origin of the name Ghôba is, however, unknown.

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