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    Art Brokerage: Maureen Quinn South African Artist: b. 1934. Tenacious and dynamic, Maureen Quin has exhibited her works regularly since 1962 in solo and group exhibitions. Her passion for sculpting as a medium of artistic expression is evident in the over two hundred sculptures in a variety of materials such as wood, fibreglass and bronze she has created as a professional sculptress. Born in 1934 on “Bishops Glen” in the Bloemfontein district, schooled at Eunice High School, Maureen won a bursary for the School of Fine Arts in Durban (1952 -1955), where she studied under Mary Stainbank. On completion of her diploma she was granted a bursary to study sculpture at the Goldsmith College of Art in London with Robert Jones and Harold Parker. (1956). Maureen Quin’s keen sense of observation and classical training has enabled her to produce sculptures which are in all aspects alive. Although her training was “Western”, her most characteristic work is essentially African. Practising her art away from the mainstream art centres, isolated from the influence of her colleagues, Maureen has successfully commented on topical social concerns. This is evident in “The Hunt” series where the degradation of our surroundings for material gain is illustrated, and in “The Interaction” series, from which “Thanksgiving” and “Revelation” are drawn, which is a series of work that praises the positive, caring interaction between societies. Her latest sculpture “Culprit” expresses her revulsion for child abuse and male dominance through sex. The rhinoceros mask represents the senseless destruction of species for the use of aphrodisiacs for male gratification. Listings wanted.

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