Sunday, June 5, 2011

Tinus Horn, Painter and Sculptor

Tinus Horn is a South African artist with an ancestry that can be traced back to Germany, France, Holland, Malaysia and Africa. He is passionate about art, life and laughter, and this is reflected in his exuberant paintings and sculptures, in a style he calls ‘comical cubism’.

“I strive for a gentle, comical poetry,” he explained in a recent newspaper interview. He often develops a piece intuitively, with very little planning or preparatory work. “I start with a vague idea or a doodle. The painting that emerges may show no resemblance whatsoever to the original design.”

Horn claims to have his dark side (if he has one) firmly under control. But while many of the paintings are upbeat, a tinge of sadness often lurks below the surface.

He lists George Grosz, Otto Dix, Max Beckmann and Picasso among the major influences on his work.

Horn’s sculptures, carved out of indigenous woods, are an eccentric fusion of African carvings and Eastern European puppetry.

“I never set out to work in a particular style. But I live in Africa, and I guess Europe is in my veins.”


1990: To Hell and Back, with Alastair Findlay and Derek Bauer, Gallery on the Market

1992: The Promised Land, with Alastair Findlay, Rembrandt van Rijn Gallery

1999: Holy Shit, with Alastair Findlay, Thompson Gallery

2002: Faces on the Shelf, Solo, Boekehuis

2006: Gentle Demons, Furious Angels, Solo, Bamboo Gallery

2009: The Wages of Love, with Martinus van Tee


Merit Grant, National Arts Council, 1999

Top 10, Kempton Park National exhibition, 2000


Advanced Diploma in Fine Art, University of the Witwatersrand, 2006.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

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