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Sculptor Francois Viljoen
Francois Viljoen

About Francois Viljoen

Francois Viljoen is a South African born artist, now lives in the south west part of Baden Württemberg, Germany. In many ways arts influenced and marked his life from the start. He was in a only Academic+Sport school with no art classes, This was quite frustrating, but then the creative process, esp. drawing, became a passion and big interest in his teenage years, following a long, weekly TV series called, "Quest for Romanticism". He then started to draw, more and more. "It was like finding my call in life and meaning... Like bringing order to chaos, soul-wise“, he explains. Even as a teenager he communicated his experiences and understanding of life in graphics and sculptures. François paints mostly in oil, but also acrylic, sculpts with ceramic and plasticine clay, plaster, etc, casts in bronze or resin, and draws in many different media.
Sculptor Francois Viljoen
Francois Viljoen

Exhibition History of Francois Viljoen

The Bronze Bowl and Vessel Collection was first exhibited in 2005 in Stellenbosch, South Africa, at the well known Dorpstraat Gallery, and also 2 pieces at the Everard Read Gallery in Cape Town, and others. The bronzes is limited to 15 Editions each and has the artist name and foundry stamp; and can be ordered from the artist.

Francois Viljoen

Biography / CV of Francois Viljoen

1967 born in Vryheid, South Africa

1986 - 1988 studies: Interior design Technikon in Pretoria
1989 - 1992 studies: Teacher of arts Durban Teachers College

since 1993 teaching activities Westridge High School, South Africa
Heritage Academy, South Africa
Monarch Education, England
Select Education, England

Gymnasium Schönau, Germany
Gymnasium Schopfheim, Germany

FCS Liestal, Switzerland

1997 - 1999 Consultant and Tutor Shekinah Care Centre
Drugs and alcohol rehabilitation center
New Hannover, South Africa

1999 - 2002 Illustrator Human&Rousseau
Oxford University Press
Vivlia Publishers
Book Binders and others

2002 - 2005 Director
and art designer Ingwe Editions Fine Art Foundry
former bronce art foundry
Stellenbosch, South Africa

Artist Statement of Francois Viljoen

The inspiration for the The Bronze Bowl and Vessel collection, comes from a historical tradition through the ages, in many cultures, to fashion artistic vessels/bowls, using bronze. From e.g.. The "Singing Bowls" (Tibet, Japan, Nepal, etc.), the bronze bowls from the Ming dynasty, bowls/vessels from ancient Greece and Roman times to bronze bowls with Egyptian motives (found in 1849) in northern Iraq. My own Bronze Bowl/Vessel Collection features mostly "less familiar animals", each with its own little story and design.

Public Works of Francois Viljoen

A recent and new theme he started to work on/explore, is the global information age and its influence on common life and individual life today.

Influences / Inspiration of Francois Viljoen

Much of his earlier art influences comes from the Romanticism and Symbolism movements. He says "The organic forms from created Nature in, esp.. Art Nouveau/Jugendstil, always fascinated me".

Price Range of Work

Francois Viljoen's work has a price range from £2,684 to £6,705

Mediums utilised

Francois Viljoen's work is found in the following materials:

Artwork Categorised

Francois Viljoen's work is found in the following categories on site:
Interior, Indoors, Inside Sculpture (12)
Beautifully Useful Functional Sculpture (12)
Wild Animals and Wild Life Sculptures (9)
Small Animal Sculptures (6)
Wild Bird Sculptures (3)
Endangered Animal Species Sculptures (3)
Reptiles Sculptures and Amphibian Sculptures (2)
American Animal Bird Reptile and Fish Sculptures, Statues, statuettes, figurines (2)
Tabletop Desktop Small Indoor Statuettes Figurines Sculptures (2)
Small bird Sculptures (2)
Birds of Prey / Raptors Sculptures (2)
Primate / Apes Sculptures (2)
Objects of desire Sculptures
Stylized Animals Sculptures
Varietal Mix of Bird Sculptures or Statues
Etched Stone Slate Glass Panel Slab Tile Sheet sculpture
Insect Sculptures, to include Bees, Ants, Moths, Butterflies etc
Round Disk, Dish, Flat Circular Ring Shaped Sculptures / Statues statuette statuary
Badger, Otter, Beaver, Weasel, Stoat, Pine Martin, Wombat Sculptures
Every day Objects ( Sculptures of inorganic things)
Water Birds / Water Fowl / Seabirds / Waders
Young Animal Bird, Reptile or Amphibian and possibly Insects Statues
African Animal and Wildlife Sculptures
Flock of Birds sculpture statue statuette
Stylised Birds Sculptures / Statues / statuary / ornaments figurines / statuettes
Animals and Birds at Play Sculptures Statues
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