Janko De Beer

About

Janko de Beer is a South African artist and practicing advocate of law. Over the years, Janko has participated in many group exhibitions and had his first solo exhibition, a depiction of the juxtapositions in South African society, in 2010.

Janko’s current work is inspired by the natural shapes and textures of dried-out bull kelp collected from various beaches around South Africa. His sculptures are a unique mastery of motion, form and texture influenced by the precepts of contemporary futurism in sculpting. The sculptures are constructed by first creating a metal armature, which is shrouded in dry bull kelp stems, bulbs and fins, where after details and depth are added using non-drying modeling clay. The final product is then molded and cast into limited editions of bronze and RPS. Janko’s sculptures are not only visually stimulating, bold and dramatic but also convey the history of the medium with strong individual characters and a subtle touch of surrealism. Janko’s faces and masks series titled Elders is a contemporary interpretation, based on the faces and ceremonial painting techniques of the Dinka people of South Sudan. The sculptures represent the allegorical use of masks. Janko’s feline series titled Umbabat is a bespoke interpretation of Africa’s big cats in motion just before they settle in for the kill. The sculptures represent the animals’ speed, agility and movement through time and space. Janko’s horse themed series titled Equus is based on the mythical relationship between humans and horses. Janko focuses on Myth, Legend, Conflict and Pleasure — encapsulating the role that horses have played in the evolution of civilization.

The sculptures

Janko’s faces and masks series titled Elders is a contemporary interpretation, based on the faces and ceremonial painting techniques of the Dinka people of South Sudan. The sculptures represent the allegorical use of masks.

Janko’s feline series titled Umbabat is a bespoke interpretation of Africa’s big cats in motion just before they settle in for the kill. The sculptures represent the animals’ speed, agility and movement through time and space.

Janko’s horse themed series titled Equus is based on the mythical relationship between humans and horses. Janko focuses on Myth, Legend, Conflict and Pleasure — encapsulating the role that horses have played in the evolution of civilisation.

“As an artist his sculptures are unique, outspoken and not easily forgotten.” 

 SA Creative Network Magazine