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About Keith CalderKeith Calder is a renowned South African sculptor, since 1987.
He works with both the animal and human form and his bronzes range from miniature statues to monumental sculptures.
He is well known for his attention to detail in his "realistic" style and the power and uniqueness he portrays in his "stylized" style.
Exhibition History of Keith Calder1989 “Big Five Collection” Sandton Art Gallery
1991 Everard Read Wildlife Art exhibition. Johannesburg
1992 ‘As above
1994 ‘Art on the Square’ Sandton Square
1996 Decorex Expo Johannesburg
2001 Albertyn’s Stables Art Gallery Cape Town
2002 Bronze Age Sculpture House Cape Town
2003 Pezula Country Club- Knysna
2003 Cologne Art Fair
2004 Belgravia Art Gallery- London
2005 Inspires Art Gallery-Oxford UK
Sembach Art Gallery - Cape Town
2008 Adihex, Abu Dabi
2010 Barnard Gallery Cape Town
2012 Joburg Art Fair- Barnard Gallery
2013 Cherie de Villiers Gallery
2014 Cherie de Villiers Gallery
Currently showing work at:
Everard Read Gallery,Jhb
Cherie de Villiers Gallery,Jhb
Ebony, Cape Town
Sembach Gallery, Cape Town
Belgravia Gallery, London
Biography / CV of Keith CalderKeith Calder was born in 1959 in the small town of Cradock, South Africa.
From his youth, the life of this sculptor has been inextricably linked to wilderness and its creatures, a link that forms the essence of his sculptures.
On completing school in Johannesburg, he undertook a diploma in nature conservation and spent the next ten years in that field, working throughout Southern Africa. Whilst working in the northern Kruger Park he contracted malaria. During his recuperation he started to explore his interest in sculpture. He spent a month sculpting and modeling in clay. That month marked a year of transition for him as he vacillated between his commitment to conservation and a possible career in the arts. He spent much of his free time honing his skills as a sculptor.
In 1987 the decision to leave the bush and become a sculptor was made easier when he received his first important commission from St Stithians College in Johannesburg: a herd of nine elephants in bronze (3m x 1m x 0.5m) symbolizing the college motto "one and all".
Calders work ranges from miniatures to life-size to monumental sculptures and is well represented in institutions and corporations throughout South Africa. His style is instantly recognizable by its realism and his ability to capture the character of his subjects stems from his intimate knowledge of them.
"To be able to draw upon the power and beauty of wild things and portray them in sculpture is a great privilege for me. Perhaps they symbolize our purer selves or jolt our deep seated ancestral memory of when we once lived closer to the earth"
In 2002 Calder began to search for an original way to sculpt the human and animal form. He extended lines, expanded planes, reduced texture, detail and sentimentality while still maintaining a loyalty to natural form.
The sculptures that emerged are difficult to define stylistically. There are elements of the abstract, cubism and futurism. Some have an almost stylized art deco feel.
He currently lives in Cape Town with his wife and 3 children.
Public Works of Keith CalderSt Stithians College JHB
Life-size cheetah pair
Fish eagle and tiger fish
First National Bank, Bank City
Life- size leopard
Caracal and guinea fowl
De Beers Industrial Diamond Division
Life-size Herd of 7 kudu running through water
St Johns College
Life-size The Eagle and The Boy
Fish eagle: DD proam trophy
Cricket and golf figurines
Pretoria Teachers Training College
One third life-size; elephant cow and calf
Botswana Embassy Stockholm
Elephant and skull
Swaanswyk: Private collection
Boardwalk Casino Port Elizabeth
Life-size Two dolphins and mermaid
Grandwest Casino Cape Town
Armillary and seals
Bishops College Cape Town
"The Boy" Life-size
Pam Golding Properties
Balance Three stainless steel acrobats. Height 2.3m
Outdoor private collection.
Pezula Country Club Knysna
Sibaya Casino Umhlanga
Zulu stick fighters 6mx5m
Gold Souk Dubai
"Gold Tree" 6m
2010 Fifa World Cup
FNB Stadium, Gauteng
Price Range of WorkKeith Calder's work has a price range from £4,334 to £83,334
Mediums utilisedKeith Calder's work is found in the following materials:
Artwork CategorisedKeith Calder's work is found in the following categories on site:
Cats Wild and Big Cats Sculpture (4)
African Animal and Wildlife Sculptures (4)
Wild Animals and Wild Life Sculptures (3)
Stylized Animals Sculptures (3)
Animal Abstract Contemporary Modern Stylised Minimalist Sculptures (2)
Dance Sculptures and Ballet Sculptures (2)
Predators Carnivores Hunters Flesh Eaters Sculptures Statues statuettes carvings (2)
Nudes, Female Sculptures
Stylized People Sculptures
Garden Or Yard / Outside and Outdoor Sculptures
Nudes / Male Sculpture
Happiness / Joy / Exuberance / Wild Pleasure sculpture
Small Animal Sculptures
Male Men Youths Masculine Statues Sculptures statuettes figurines
Females Women Girls Ladies Sculptures Statues statuettes figurines
Abstract Contemporary or Modern Outdoor Outside Exterior Garden / Yard Sculptures Statues statuary
Animals and Humans Sculptures, Statues and Statuettes
Indoor figurative sculpture
Gymnast or Gymnastic sculpture / statue / statuette / figurine
Modern Abstract Contemporary Avant Garde Sculptures or Statues or statuettes or statuary
Interior, Indoors, Inside Sculpture
Tabletop Desktop Small Indoor Statuettes Figurines Sculptures
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