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Although our Crowdfunding did not reach its goal, there were many kind people who supported Maureen's Capitec Fund. We would like to thank you all for your wonderful support. These contributions funded printed brochures and postage, and other miscellaneous costs. A very special client has bought work from Maureen, ensuring she had funds available to cover the costs of the European exhibitions.

On the 27th of April 2017 Maureen Quin, dressed in traditional Xhosa attire, attended the Freedom Day festivities at the South African Embassy in Berlin as a guest of the Ambassador, His Excellency Mr Stone Sizane, originally from Alexandria, where his family still resides He was also a regular visitor to the Quin Sculpture Garden. The "Hunt Series" was exhibited at the South African Embassy, Berlin, for one day and viewed by invited guests.

On 4 May the exhibition opened in Neustadt, north of Hamburg on the Baltic Sea coast, where it was on view for two weeks, to great acclaim.

The Dagmar Glemme Sculpture Garden, Helsingborg, Sweden, subsequently invited Maureen to exhibit the "Hunt Series" from the 3rd June.

Once again, we would like to express our appreciation and gratitude for the generous support.

BELOW IS THE HUNT STORY

This is a group of sculptures, which has become known as "The Hunt", occupied Maureen creatively over a period of 8 years. It was never pre-planned as such, but grew, one idea generating another. Maureen tried to express, in a sculptural form, the horror she feels for man's inhumanity to his fellow man compounded with the wanton destruction of our environment in the name of development, greed, power and self-gratification. These are not unique thoughts. However, the sculptural solution was not easy. Maureen explored many avenues before finally finding a way to express the vision that she desperately wanted to portray in a tangible form.

Art lovers and collectors have time and time again attested to the impact these sculptures have had, and the value of their sculptural form in the landscape of sculpture.





 

On the 29th of June Maureen Quin was awarded the 2016 Medal of Honour for Visual Art
from the South African Academy of Science and Culture
at a prestigious event at the Atterbury Theater in Pretoria.


Maureen Quin receiving the 2016 Medal of Honour for Visual Art
from the South African Academy of Science and Culture.
On the left is Prof Wessel Pienaar, the chairman of the Academy and on the right is Prof Alex Duffey.


On 31st of March 2016, Maureen Quin received an honorary award
for sculpture from 'The South-African Academy of Sience and Art
'


MAUREEN QUIN RETROSPECTIVE

 

The Quin Retrospective arrived home today. Still in their Pickford crates they will be unpacked in due course and placed on their stands in the garden and gallery, ready to welcome visitors this summer season. What an amazing eight months it has been. To see this body of work exhibited in these venues has been a breath taking experience.

The galleries, museums and curators have been absolutely fantastic in their support and professionalism.

In March the exhibition was opened by Prof Suzanne Human at Oliewenhuis Museum in Bloemfontein. The exhibition was very well received. Students from schools as well as the university used the opportunity to study Maureen’s work. Thank you to Ester le Roux and her team for the wonderful welcome they gave us.

John Botha opened the Quin Retrospective in Potchefstroom at the University of the North West in May. The university opened their heart to Maureen as the students and community attended her walk-abouts and took the time to learn more about Maureen and her work. Thank you to Tiina Liebenberg and her team for your support.

Sanlam in Bellville hosted the next leg of the retrospective. Thank you Stefan Hundt for your invaluable advice and wisdom.

The Eastern Cape Department of Arts and Culture invited the Quin Retrospective to East London where it was exhibited at the Ann Bryant Gallery. Thank you to Leon du Preez and his team who publicised the exhibition in the newspapers and who made this exhibition possible.

In March/April 2015 the grand finale will take place in Port Elizabeth at the GFI Gallery in Park Str Mill Park. Then later in the year a smaller, educational exhibition will be held at Unisa Gallery in Pretoria along with a seminar and educational walk-abouts for scholars and students.

Finally, I’d like to thank all Maureen’s friends, clients and students who supported her this year with their presence at the openings, with their unerring belief in her talent and ability and their generosity. This year of Retrospectives has consolidated Maureen Quin as a sculptor who has undoubtedly contributed to the South African art landscape.

To commemorate the extraordinary achievements of this artist a book, “Maureen Quin: Sixty Years of Excellence”, of significant social and academic value has been written by Virginia Reed in collaboration with Maureen Quin. A hard cover with a dust jacket, as well as a leather bound collector’s edition has been published. Among the contributors to the book are Dr. Muller Ballot, art historian, who offered to write the foreword; Professor Elizabeth Rankin, art history lecturer and historian (New Zealand) has written an essay “Memories of Maureen, Moore and Modernism”; and Deon Lemmer, artist and PhD graduate, who wrote “An exploration of the developing artistic vision of Maureen Quin from the post-Paris period onwards”. Heilna du Plooy gave us her poems on the Hunt Series to use in the book and Jay van Wyk recalls the beginnings of his Quin art collection.

Should you be interested in the retrospective and/or the book, please let us know. We will gladly send you an invite to the openings or more information on the books.

 



Maureen signing books at the NWU (North West University)

I want to compliment you on the overall planning and quality of the presentation as a whole, also that of the photographs.
Wat 'n wonderlike ervaring moet dit vir jou wees om al ses dekades se ontwikkeling, gebeure en herinneringe in één band te kan hê! Jy het hard daaraan en jou loopbaan gewerk en nou verdien jy gewis die akkolade wat die eindproduk na vore sal bring. Baie hartlik geluk, nogmaals! En, baie dankie vir die vriendskap van die vele jare.
- Muller en Titia Ballot

I'm bowled over! Congratulations for a most splendid biography and commemorative book covering your life and work through all the phases, evolution and expression of your talent.  It is quite remarkable that you have pursued in this art form so persistently in all these years.  It was my privilege to spend that month with you and Etienne - I learned so much from you. Fond love and best wishes for the future. - Marianne Frank

The Quin Book, Maureen Quin: Sixty Years of Excellence, is selling well.
Various book launches have been planned with the first at the GFI Gallery in Port Elizabeth
on the 29th May and at Eden Grove at WordFest during the National Arts Festival in
Grahamstown 2014 on the 5th July. Maureen Quin will be in Grahamstown every day to sign books.


ORDER the NEW BOOK HERE


THE NORTH WEST UNIVERSITY IN POTCHEFSTROOM - Exhibition
Excerpts from John Botha’s opening address






Commission for Doug Knox
The works were cast at the Goodwin Foundry in the Natal Midlands.

Life size portrait of Doug Knox in bronze.
Maquette of the Doug Knox sculpture
Full Figure portrait of Doug Knox for his Durban home.



Maureen Quin turns eighty in 2014.  This eminent sculptor began her career in 1954 and after sixty years she is still energetically and passionately involved in creating powerful works of art. Still an active sculptress, so much so that in 2013, she was commissioned to do a portrait of Nelson Mandela for the garden of 20th century peace icons, at New South Wales University, Australia. The commission was put out to tender and she was chosen as the preferred artist. This sculpture was unveiled in Australia last year. To see this work and her more recent works go to www.quin-art.co.za or follow her on Facebook under Quin Sculpture Garden.
 
Such an achievement calls for a celebration that only a retrospective exhibition, titled Quin, the Retrospective Year, and a book can rightfully express.  A lifetime representation of her sculptures, drawings and paintings has been curated and catalogued for the retrospective exhibition. The exhibition will travel to three or more centers where the holistic excellence and interconnectedness of her oeuvre will eloquently speak of the artist’s search for the essential realities of the spirit of life, within the ambits of sculptural form.
 
To mark this milestone, we are proud and excited to announce that the following institutions have welcomed the idea of hosting and funding “Quin, the Retrospective Year” exhibition 2014/2015

  • Bloemfontein has significance as Maureen was born in the district, and schooled at Eunice, thus making Oliewenhius Art Museum a logical venue.  Confirmed date: 13th March – 21 April 2014.
  • The North West University in Potchefstroom has a significant collection of Maureen Quin’s sculptures. Confirmed date: 8th May – 20thJune 2014.
  • Sanlam, Belville Gallery  29th July –  end September 2014
  • Pretoria University the first quarter of 2015

    In total there will be 63 works, including drawings and paintings.
     
    To commemorate the extraordinary achievements of this artist a book, “Maureen Quin: Sixty Years of Excellence”, of significant social and academic value has been written by Virginia Reed in collaboration with Maureen Quin. A hard cover with a dust jacket, as well as a leather bound collector’s edition has been published. Among the contributors to the book are Dr. Muller Ballot, art historian, who offered to write the foreword; Professor Elizabeth Rankin, art history lecturer and historian (New Zealand) has written an essay “Memories of Maureen, Moore and Modernism”; and Deon Lemmer, artist and PhD graduate, who wrote “An exploration of the developing artistic vision of Maureen Quin from the post-Paris period onwards”. Heilna du Plooy gave us her poems on the Hunt Series to use in the book and Jay van Wyk recalls the beginnings of his Quin art collection.

    ORDER the NEW BOOK HERE
Plooy
Works being readied for the retrospective

In October last year (2012) Maureen was informed that she was the preferred artist to submit a sculpture of Nelson Mandela for the Garden of Iconic Peace Figures at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. The portrait is the second in the series of world peace icons. The portrait of Ghandi is already in place. After the maquette was accepted by the art committee, Maureen proceeded to sculpt Mandela in clay. The size is one and a half life size. In March and April Bronze Age Art Foundry in Woodstock, Cape Town cast the portrait into bronze. May saw Maureen spending time in the foundry finishing and patinaing the bronze. The sculpture is crated and on its way to Australia. The university plans to unveil the portrait of Nelson Mandela in August this year. The date still has to be confirmed.

   

In October 2012 Maureen Quin was invited to exhibit a selection of work in the garden of Merida Roets. The sculptures made a fantastic impression against a dramatic sky. Odile, Jester and Rescue dramatically set on rock columns in Merida Roet's garden, laced on the rock and wire columns Jester, Rescue and Ballerina came alive.

 

Charlotte and Artists' Muse commune at the ornamental pool.

Odile, Jester and Rescue set on rock columns

Symphony dancing in Merida's garden


Maureen was commissioned by Ian Withers to do a portrait of his
faithful Boerbul, Taska. (see more)


 


"A very successful armature workshop was held at the Redford Guest House, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay recently. Efficently orginized by Carmen Clews the ten students spent two days of getting to grips with making armature for their proposed sculptures. Prior to the workshop Maureen gave them a list of materials needed, and then she had a supply of exstras for sale. The Redford Art Group thoroughly enjoyed themselves and the feedback has been overwhelming positive"
 


Maureen has been in her studio sculpting new ballet dancers 
and cats. They are now available in bronze at Quin Sculpture Garden & Gallery.






 
"CULPRIT" 2010 - 1815mm Bronze edition of 6
 
It is with dismay, disbelief and sadness that we receive news of the death of yet another Rhino. To think that educated animal lovers, vets and game rangers, are implicated in their heartless, futile  destruction, is beyond comprehension. The god of mammon holds man in the palm of his hand, compelling these illogical and shortsighted actions. To meet a growing demand for a mythical medicinal concoction for the superstitious, our precious heritage is being decimated. The Rhinoceros horn, composed entirely of keratin, the same substance found in hair and nails, is purported to be an aphrodisiac. Research shows clearly that this is an unsubstantiated claim. The phallic-looking horn of the Rhinoceros possibly evokes the principle of “sympathetic magic”. Whatever the reason for the belief, greed for materialism continues to result in the destruction of our environment.

 

The “Culprit” brings to the surface uncomfortable questions about the way we view ourselves. What then, is the fate of the children unwittingly brought into this world, the result of man’s concept of his power through sexuality? What kind of moral culture are we imparting to the next generation? How do we, the custodians of our earth, solve the desolation in the cry of the infant, whom we as responsible adults are supposed to protect and provide for?
 

The “Culprit” is an uncomfortable sculpture, the Rhino horn replicated in the penis, a symbol of manhood, the infant unconsolable in the panic stricken father’s arms. Emotional tension in the body of the culprit  must lead  us to question our daily choices, and the effects they have on our environment, the future of our earth, and most importantly our children.



Charlotte 2009 - in progress
 
Charlotte is ready to be cast into bronze! A beautiful gentle piece of work.
2010 
 
Jade 2008
Height: 620mm Width: 480mm Length: 1200mm
 

 

Maquette of "Rearing Arab Stallion"  - height 300mm 2006
 4m high "Rearing Arab Stallion" - work in progress 2007
 

 

"Jack Nicklaus" life size commissioned
 by Simola Golf Estate, Knysna  2008
 

 

"Mandela" for Rhodes University
 680mm 2002
 

 

"Practice Session" 2004
 
2050 x 580 x 1500mm
 

 

"Xhosa Warrior" life size commissioned 
by East London Municipality 2008 


  

 

Nelson Mandela Sculpture Project
2002



 


"Cape Minstrels" 2000