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    Peter Hall

    Peter Hall is a sculptor who should be recognised, first and foremost, for his nearly uncompromising adherence to the classical discipline of sculpture. Hall’s obeisance to the formal rules of rendering in three dimensions, and his enduring sensitivity to his subject matter, can only leave the art appreciator and investor filled with respect and intrigue. It is uncommon to find artists who, so naturally, understand the importance of ‘getting it right’ and so easily do.

    Peter Hall trained at the well known sculpture department of the Durban University of Technology. He has fulfilled, to much acclaim, some of the most important commissions for recent public and private sculptures in KwaZulu-Natal.

    Peter Hall lives with his wife and two sons on their beautiful property at the end of the Karkloof valley. They have chosen the noble existence of building a dream in an indigenous forest, living an alternate lifestyle allowing them to be close to nature. Hall is also a talented and passionate guitarist and composer.

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    Mondli Mdanda

    Mondli Mdanda can be comfortably described as a young and upcoming artist in South Africa.

    Mdanda has trained in the sculpture department of the Durban University of Technology. He has furthered his training by apprenticing with the reputable and prolific artist, Peter Hall, on both the public sculptures of King Dinizulu and Chief Buthelezi. Mdanda has also completed a commission, sculpting Steve Biko, for the campus of the Durban University of Technology. He is, at present, working on a one and a half life size bust of Moses Mabida, for the 2010 World Cup Moses Mabida Stadium in Durban.

    Intrinsic to Mondli’s work is his character, which is patient, sensitive and perceptive.

    Mondli currently lives and works on Kwa-Mashu, KwaZulu-Natal.

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    Michael J Mawdsley Jnr

    Michael trained and worked as a goldsmith and jeweller for over 25 years before turning his mind and hands to sculpture - an almost inevitable move since at the core of all his work, the creative drive had always been the main motivation.

    The whole process of taking a basic idea through to a finished bronze requires the same creative drive and ability whether working as a creative goldsmith & jeweller or a sculptor and although Michael still produces jewellery, he finds the sheer physicality of the bronze art form more challenging and more satisfying.

    Michael’s sculptural work to date covers the triad of African Wildlife, the Human Form and the Local Flora. He has produced works from the very small, often to use as door knockers or business card holders, through to large, stand-alone works of art.

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    Sarah Lovejoy

    After completing a B.Tech in sculpture (Summe Cum Laude) at the Natal Technikon in 1999, Sarah Lovejoy moved to Nottingham Road where she worked at a fine art foundry for three years. Finding it impossible to leave the quiet of the countryside, she has since made the Midlands her home, only leaving for working sabbaticals which take her to far flung parts of the world.

    Sarah prefers a more unusual approach to a common subject: the figure. Where possible she will juxtapose contemporary imagery with traditional subject matter and media, in her renditions of the human figure. She is a master at exploring the many forms our bodies can take.

    Her works are, for the most part, miniatures, finished in high detail and capturing the moods, archetypes and expressions familiar to many.

    Sarah is now producing, with the help of Cire Perdue, larger sculptures.

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    Kim Goodwin

    Kim Goodwin studied at the Natal Technikon in the mid eighties. As with many emerging artists his initial choice of subject matter was traditional. He started his career by looking at the human figure and aimed to produce representational work. His interest then turned, very early on in his artistic career, towards representing architectural shapes and spaces in the form of sculpture. Even during these early years Goodwin preferred to keep well versed in using many different mediums, including natural materials.

    Even though owning and running The Goodwin Foundry has kept him away from doing much art, he has completed a respectable group of commissions, mostly for public consumption. These include a statue of a previous headmaster for the grounds of Weston Agricultural College, a bust situated at Comrades House in Pietermaritzburg, of the founding member of the Comrades Marathon and the original design - still used - for the ACCORD peace award, first awarded to Nelson Mandela. He has also sculpted a bronze horse which has formed part of a monument erected at Weston, commemorating the horses which perished in the Anglo-Boer-Zulu war.

    He presently finds himself in a position allowing more time for the production of art. Goodwin’s intention is to work again within the tradition of figurative pieces, focusing on a more conceptual component of this subject matter. His also plans to pursue, for the love of it, some more environmental art - examples of which are featured on this page.

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    Sarah Richards

    Sarah Richards was born in Durban, and spent her childhood living in a variety of places around Southern Africa and returned to Durban to study Fine art - majoring in sculpture - at the Durban Technikon (1989 – 1990). After four years of international travel, Sarah settled in Durban to make art and teach drawing, painting and sculpture to adults. She completed her Masters in Fine Art at the Durban University of Technology in 2008. Now Sarah is living and practising her art in the KZN midlands.

    The ‘process’ of creating the sculpture is important and the early stages of modeling are a time of discovery. Sarah uses a mixture of mediums from wax and plasticine, allowing for fluidity, rough Rhinolite for texture, and plaster-of Paris for structure, producing an adventurous exploration into the understanding of the chosen subject. In the creative process an intimate relationship develops between the subject and herself. The animal sculptures explore Sarah’s love of nature, and wonderment at the different characters of each creature, discovered through close encounters and study. The figure sculptures represent an emotional journey in discovering more about human form and action. They are based on her own personal experiences and observations.

    Through paint Sarah uses colour and texture to explore the emotive essence of her different topics. She is curious about how the apparent simplicity of rising hill from a distance is so complex. This works as a metaphor but in reverse, life seems so complex, all the small details can bog one down or seem over whelming at times and exciting on another day. But stepping back and looking at things from a distance one realises that it all just a simple calm hill.

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