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.

Ruler symbolises the power and aggression of emerging Africa. This is the first time Maureen Quin used an animal-like head on a human form. The Looming, broad musculature of shoulders, thighs and calves, brood over the area before it. The authoritative helmeted head, shaped like pointed weapons directed to left and right, on the elongated neck symbolizes struggle, strength and endurance. Here the chair becomes part of the composition but also adds to the emerging statement of power.

Year: 1988
Edition: 4
Medium: Bronze
Size: H 610 x W 500 x L 400 mm
Base Size: H 75 x W 320 x L 450 mm