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
|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|
|SA Creative Network Magazine||September, 2014|
|Die Burger||March, 2008|
|Die Burger||March, 2006|