The Beginning – Rowland Daniel

I recently had the great pleasure of working with the artist Rowland Daniel. This incredibly humble sculptor has been working on his art part time for over 20 years and only recently took it up full time. I was lucky enough to work with him on his very first solo-exhibition in the NWU Botanical Garden and Gallery. I found his works to be honest and straight forward while the recycled materials remind us of our duty to encourage green living and green art making!

An installation shot of the gallery.

An installation shot of the gallery.

Amazing rock pieces in Rowland's garden at his house. I like to think of them as thinking stones. Definitely an installation for the philosophers and thinkers among us.

Amazing rock pieces in Rowland’s garden at his house. I like to think of them as thinking stones. Definitely an installation for the philosophers and thinkers among us.

Probably my favourite sculptures in the exhibit. These guys are simple but clever and very aesthetically pleasing.

Probably my favourite sculptures in the exhibit. These guys are simple but clever and very aesthetically pleasing.

A mask made from recycled metal and reworked throw-away bricks. Modelled on the artist's own features.

A mask made from recycled metal and reworked throw-away bricks. Modelled on the artist’s own features.

A fountain sculpture made by Rowland as a commission. Though this isn't one of the artist's great artistic achievements, this late-afternoon moment was too beautiful not to post.

A fountain sculpture made by Rowland as a commission. Though this isn’t one of the artist’s great artistic achievements, this late-afternoon moment was too beautiful not to post.

One of his bronze works.

One of his bronze works.

A native American in resin.

A native American in resin.

A mask made from recycled steel.

A mask made from recycled steel.

Kevin du Plessis Photography on Rowland Daniel 4

Quin’s “the retrospective year”. South African sculptor and legend.

"The Ultimate Sacrifice."

“The Ultimate Sacrifice.”

"Duffel Coat Girl." Quin elaborates on the fashion of the 50's student. "If you didn't have a duffel coat, you were a nobody."

“Duffel Coat Girl.” Quin elaborates on the fashion of the 50’s student. “If you didn’t have a duffel coat, you were a nobody.”

"Life and Death" as Quin viewed it in 1970. Cold cast bronze.

“Life and Death” as Quin viewed it in 1970. Cold cast bronze.

Quin in her younger years working on a sculpture.

Quin in her younger years working on a sculpture.

"Celebration." This statue made me think of my best friend and I, the sculptor admits that they are most probably drunk but that to her they represent pure ecstasy.

“Celebration.” This statue made me think of my best friend and I, the sculptor admits that they are most probably drunk but that to her they represent pure ecstasy.

"Compassion II."

“Compassion II.”

"Mother Love." It's not as clear in this photograph, but this sculpture is suspended and the mother's love seems to be floating like a cloud over all of humanity.

“Mother Love.” It’s not as clear in this photograph, but this sculpture is suspended and the mother’s love seems to be floating like a cloud over all of humanity.

"Culprit Maquette." Note the slight reference to the rhino on the screaming man's head. Meant to connect to rhino poaching in South Africa.

“Culprit Maquette.” Note the slight reference to the rhino on the screaming man’s head. Meant to connect to rhino poaching in South Africa.

"Odile" & "Polka".

“Odile” & “Polka”.

"Liberation."

“Liberation.”

"The Rescue." In her latest works, this 80 year old woman saw it fit to start talking about the good things of our kind, in sharp contrast with what we see in the media and on the news.

“The Rescue.” In her latest works, this 80 year old woman saw it fit to start talking about the good things of our kind, in sharp contrast with what we see in the media and on the news.

"Fisherman" and "Lira Player", from Quin's travels in Greece.

“Fisherman” and “Lira Player”, from Quin’s travels in Greece.

"Open Torso", meant to open the human body and to reflect something of the beauty of organic Greek churches.

“Open Torso”, meant to open the human body and to reflect something of the beauty of organic Greek churches.

"The Kill" from The Hunt series. Man has become ruthless and unforgiving. Note the symbolic horns, at this point in the series the largest they have ever been.

“The Kill” from The Hunt series. Man has become ruthless and unforgiving. Note the symbolic horns, at this point in the series the largest they have ever been.

"The Chase". See how Quin subtly shrinks the cheetah's head to symbolise how irrelevant Nature has become to humankind.

“The Chase”. See how Quin subtly shrinks the cheetah’s head to symbolise how irrelevant Nature has become to humankind.

"The Hunt", "The Chase", "The Kill".

“The Hunt”, “The Chase”, “The Kill”.

"Jade" in front and at the back you can see three phases of the examination of a Xhosa woman.

“Jade” in front and at the back you can see three phases of the examination of a Xhosa woman.

"Reclining Female Torso." Influenced by Quin's many afternoons spent sketching models in Greece.

“Reclining Female Torso.” Influenced by Quin’s many afternoons spent sketching models in Greece.

"The Ultimate Sacrifice." Part of "The Hunt" series, talking about humankind, our nature and our relationship with Nature.

“The Ultimate Sacrifice.” Part of “The Hunt” series, talking about humankind, our nature and our relationship with Nature.

"Horse and Rider."

“Horse and Rider.”

"Queen." The first time Quin uses horns in her work for compositional reasons; later it become symbolic.

“Queen.” The first time Quin uses horns in her work for compositional reasons; later it becomes symbolic.

"Mantis Man." This work is proof that the psyche of the artist works in mysterious ways, when nothing comes your way something will take shape of itself. To me, the beauty of the creativity in us all. We are all gods of our own little worlds.

“Mantis Man.” This work is proof that the psyche of the artist works in mysterious ways, when nothing comes your way something will take shape of itself. To me, the beauty of the creativity in us all. We are all gods of our own little worlds.

"Pieta." Sorrow is yet to strike humankind.

“Pieta.” Sorrow is yet to strike humankind.

"Supplication."

“Supplication.”

Maureen Quin talking to us about 6 decades of great artistic work.

Maureen Quin talking to us about 6 decades of great artistic work.