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Artist Details

Michael Heyns

Michael Heyns, famous mostly for his paintings, has over the years illustrated a surprising versatility and in inexhaustible urge to create. Apart from his paintings he has also done sculptures, pottery and has over many years designed an extremely artistic and unique lifestyle and living environment for himself. Michael is fond of this quote from Tolstoy: "Art is a human activity consisting of this that one man consciously, by means of certain external signs, hands on to others feelings he has lived through and that others are infected by these feelings and also experience them.” The depiction of flowers is often associated with purely decorative art, in Heyns’ work, flowers become the symbol of an ingoing cycle of life and death. At the same time their beauty serves to rescue the artist from personal feelings of futility and destruction. Aesthetically, Heyns’ flowers remain the most pleasing, recognizable and successful of his works.Technically, Heyns’ is a master who has obsessively pursued aesthetic perfection over many years, while always allowing for an ongoing and deeply intimate conversation between himself and his medium.
Michael Heyns