About Janko de Beer

Janko de Beer is a South African artist based in Cape Town, South Africa.

The natural shapes and textures of dried-out bull kelp collected from various beaches around South Africa inspire his current work. The sculptures are constructed by creating a metal armature, which is shrouded in dry bull kelp stems, bulbs and fins. Details and depth are added using non-drying modelling clay. The final product is moulded and cast into limited editions of bronze sculptures by using the lost wax casting technique. Janko does all of his own patinas, using both conventional and unconventional methods, which result in unexpectedly rich and unusual colours.

The sculptures are visually stimulating, bold and dramatic. They are a unique mastery of motion, form and texture influenced by the precepts of contemporary futurism in sculpting. They convey the history of the medium through strong individual characters, with a subtle touch of surrealism.

Over the years, Janko’s work has featured in many solo and group exhibitions, and over the past couple of years he has established a substantial international following; his work has sold to private collectors in Switzerland, England, Scotland, Belgium and Monaco.

His work has been widely featured in the media, both in print and broadcast interviews.

His contributions to the Make a Difference Leadership Foundation have been especially gratifying, the highlight of which was the sale of a bronze horse bust, titled Mischief for £25 000 at their annual auction in London in 2016.

"As an artist his sculptures are unique, outspoken and not easily forgotten."- SA Creative Network Magazine
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Published Articles

Publication Date
Art Africa Magazine September, 2016
Living Spaces Magazine July, 2016
Die Burger March, 2016
Humans of South Africa April, 2015
Art Times March, 2015
Sunday Times ZAR February, 2015
ArtsLink November, 2014
SA Creative Network Magazine September, 2014
Die Burger March, 2008
Die Burger March, 2006

Broadcast Interviews

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Broadcast Date
Artsy Now TBA
Pasella 10 July 2015
Tamarah’s Closet 29 May 2015
RSG KKNK 10 April, 2015
Expresso Show April, 2015
Documentary on the uses of Bull Kelp 20 March 2015