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Keith Calder

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Sculptor Keith Calder
Keith Calder

About Keith Calder

Keith 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.
Sculptor Keith Calder

Exhibition History of Keith Calder

1989 “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 Calder

Keith 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 Calder

St Stithians College JHB
Elephant herd
Life-size cheetah pair
Dik-dik 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

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Fish eagle: DD proam trophy
Cricket and golf figurines
Peregrine falcon

Pretoria Teachers Training College
One third life-size; elephant cow and calf

Botswana Embassy Stockholm
Elephant and skull

Swaanswyk: Private collection
Life-size swans
Klipspringer pair
Impala pair

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
Footballer sculptures

FNB Stadium, Gauteng
4m "Penalty"

Price Range of Work

Keith Calder's work has a price range from £4,334 to £83,334

Mediums utilised

Keith Calder's work is found in the following materials:

Artwork Categorised

Keith Calder's work is found in the following categories on site:
African Animal and Wildlife Sculptures (6)
Cats Wild and Big Cats Sculpture (4)
Wild Animals and Wild Life Sculptures (3)
Stylized Animals Sculptures (3)
Animal Abstract Contemporary Modern Stylised Minimalist Sculptures (3)
Indoor Inside Interior Abstract Contemporary Modern Sculpture / statue / statuette / figurine (3)
Interior, Indoors, Inside Sculpture (2)
Abstract Contemporary Modern Outdoor Outside Garden / Yard Sculptures Statues statuary (2)
Dance Sculptures and Ballet Sculptures (2)
Birds of Prey / Raptors Sculptures (2)
Indoor figurative sculpture (2)
Human and Animal Sculptures (2)
Figurative Abstract Modern or Contemporary Sculptures Statues statuary statuettes figurines (2)
Abstract Dance / Dancer Sculptures (2)
Predators Carnivores Hunters Flesh Eaters Sculptures Statues statuettes carvings (2)
Nudes, Female Sculptures (2)
African Art Sculpture Statuary
Abstract Contemporary Modern Civic Urban sculpture statue statuary
Spirit of Dance Abstract Contemporary Modern sculpture
Stylized People Sculptures
Nudes / Male Sculpture
Garden Or Yard / Outside and Outdoor Sculptures
Human Form: Abstract Sculptures
Rhino and Rhinoceros Hippo and Hippopotamus sculpture statue statuette
Awards, Trophies, Presentations and Prizes Sculptures
Partial Animal Sculptures Fragment or Part or Incomplete Statues statuettes
Public Park or Urban Landscape or Corporate sculpture / Fountain / Sratuary
Small Animal Sculptures
Commission and Custom and Bespoke sculpture Statues
Animals and Humans Sculptures, Statues and Statuettes
Male Men Youths Masculine Statues Sculptures statuettes figurines
Endangered Animal Species Sculptures
Abstract Contemporary or Modern Large Public Art sculpture Statues statuary
Females Women Girls Ladies Sculptures Statues statuettes figurines
Modern Abstract Contemporary Avant Garde Sculptures or Statues or statuettes or statuary
Animal Birds Fish Busts or Heads or Masks or Trophies For Sale or Commission
Stylised Birds Sculptures / Statues / statuary / ornaments figurines / statuettes
Tabletop Desktop Small Indoor Statuettes Figurines Sculptures
Focal Point Abstract Contemporary Modern sculpture statue
Monumental Contemporary Abstract Modern Sculptures
Happiness / Joy / Exuberance / Wild Pleasure sculpture
Mounted Heads, Masks, Wall Mounted Busts of Animals
Gymnast or Gymnastic sculpture / statue / statuette / figurine
Ballet Dancer Ballerina Classical Dance Sculptures Statues statuettes Figurines


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