Maureen Quin

– Master Sculptor –

Decades of Sculptural Excellence


“It may have been expected that after her stay at the Cite des Arts in Paris, 1987, Maureen Quin would work in the manner of the Grand Master of Western tradition, Rodin. Instead, Maureen Quin discovered her African roots; her bronze sculptures became savage, shocking, even crude in its strong attenuations and harsh contrast of forms. The figures are part human – part insect. There is no dividing line between man and nature. And it is the harsh nature that is Africa” Deon Lemmer.

Queen came after Ruler and is as restless as the political scene at the time. This is the first time Maureen Quin used horns on an animal/human form. It was a compositional solution, yet it is a powerful statement with underlying messages of being an African, of being from a rural upbringing, as well as reflecting the power struggles of the time. The late 1980’s saw the rising of the freedom struggle and the apartheid government losing credibility.

Year: 1988
Edition: 4
Medium: Bronze
Size: H 700 x W 500 x L 400 mm
Base Size: H 75 x W 310 x L 350 mm