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Thursday, June 18, 2015


(“Symphony” – sculpture by Maureen Quinn)

From June 22, Artisan Gallery host an exhibition of Maureen Quinn's bronze sculptures and a selection of her drawings.

With a career spanning six decades, Maureen Quinn’s versatility reflects the gauntlet of both her European heritage while remaining intuitively "of Africa". Through her long career she has proved to be one of South Africa's most progressive sculptors.

Born in Bloemfontein, she was awarded a bursary to study at the then Natal Technical College in Durban, where she studied sculpture under Mary Stainbank. In her final year, she was awarded the Emma Smith Bursary to study at Goldsmith College in London. Her training and travels during this time brought her into contact with both the classical masterpieces in the museums, but also with the works of Henry Moore, the Surrealists, the attenuated forms of Modigliani as well as the directions in art current at the time.

This close connection with what is relevant and current, combined with her strength, personal vision and awareness of the individual's fight for survival are chords that bind her diverse themes. The surface tensions, textural nuances, strong directional lines and mastery of the human form for expressive purposes combine to make her visually and emotively exciting.

The official opening will be on June 21 at 15h00 for 15h30 with Carol Brown as the guest speaker. There will be two walkabouts with Maureen Quinn, one on the Monday after the opening, and one on the last Friday of the exhibition (July 3).

The exhibition runs until July 4. Artisan Gallery is situated at 344 Florida Road, Morningside, Durban. The gallery is wheelchair friendly. More information on 031 312 4364 or 083 301 5747, email: or visit

NB: New opening times are Mondays from 11h00 to 17h00; Tuesdays to Fridays from 09h30 to 17h00 and Saturdays and Public Holidays from 09h00 to 13h00.