Boulders Beach South Africa
Jacques Dhont Sculptor
Jacques Dhont was born in the Congo in 1959. His parents moved to South Africa in 1967 and settled in Somerset-West. After studying painting at the University of Stellenbosch, he completed a double major in painting and sculpture at the Michaelis School of Fine Art (UCT) in 1989.
|Soon after completing his degree, Jacques moved to the Overberg region where he could work close to nature, living in abandoned farm houses without electricity or running water. It was here that he first started experimenting with the creation of sculptures using woven wattle bark. (The black wattle is an alien and invasive tree species which used to grow in forests on the banks of the Riviersonderend.) Jacques mastered the weaving technique and the works created during this period speak of their inspiration of water and woodlands.|
|Those magnificent men and their flying machines. Guardian Angel|
|Jacques' fascination with eerie and ancient water creatures was demonstrated in his 2003 exhibition of relief sculptures carved from camphor wood, sometimes painted in vivid acrylic, portraying imaginary or real life forms such as trilobites, star fish and coral.
A 2006 solo exhibition dealt with different forms of blindness : blind rage, blind love, blind justice, ambition and fear. The exhibition comprised figures wrought in woven bark and skin with metal, wood and sisal.
In 2009, he exhibited a series of bark, wood and metal works at the Grande Provence Gallery in Franschhoek with the artist, Nicolaas Maritz.
|The Blessing of Completion|
|For the past ten years Jacques has been living near Stellenbosch. He also works on a commission basis and can be contacted either via e-mail or telephone.
|Website : http://dhont.lando.co.za
Telephone : 021 887 3711