ABOUT

Gerhard van Niekerk was born in 1980 in Stellenbosch, South Africa. From a young age Gerhard developed a keen interest in the human body. Its individual uniqueness, beauty, strength and movement, but also its fragility, vulnerability and temporality. These are also the underlying themes of his sculptures.

In his work Gerhard develop these themes by juxtaposing seemingly contradicting concepts as well as techniques. For example, hard vs soft; smooth vs rough; growth vs decay; permanent vs temporary; realistic vs abstract; classic vs contemporary.

This well-defined thematic approach, combined with his exceptional technical skill, results in not just beautifully made sculptures, but also thought-provoking pieces of art.

Gerhard prefers to model his sculptures in clay, where after he casts it in a unique marble and GFRC (glass fibre reinforced concrete) composite he developed.  This medium creates sculptures of immense strength and durability, while still allowing him to portray his interpretations of the human body.

In 2018, Gerhard entered into partnership with the world-renowned hospitality and tourism group, Village N Life, and launched Studio G art galleries.

Represented by some of the most highly regarded and iconic galleries in South Africa, Gerhard’s work is sought after by private collectors both locally and internationally.

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Gerhard is represented by three of the most highly regarded and iconic galleries in South Africa, namely Knysna Fine Art, The Gallery at Grande Provence in Franschhoek and Agapanthus in Kalk Bay.

These galleries specialize in contemporary South African art in a variety of media, although a number of international fine artists are also exhibited. They host several annual exhibitions and regularly mount shows elsewhere in South Africa, Europe and the USA.

The owner of these galleries is Trent Read, the elder son of the late Everard Read, who was the doyen of South African art dealers. Trent is considered an expert in contemporary South African art. He and his team consult to museums, corporate and private collectors both locally and internationally, and offer expert advice on the care and maintenance of collections.

In 2018, Gerhard entered into partnership with the world-renowned hospitality and tourism group, Village N Life, and launched Studio G art galleries. Studio G aims to provide a unique platform for established as well as emerging local artists to exhibit their work in some of South Africa’s most luxurious, exclusive and successful hotels.

Studio G at The Bay Hotel is the flagship gallery. The gallery is situated in the world renowned The Bay Hotel on the beachfront in Camps Bay, Cape Town. The gallery showcases some of the best contemporary South African artists and a must-see gallery for all art lovers and collectors visiting Cape Town.

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