• Marke Meyer

    Marke Meyer
    • Artist Statement
      • Figures fascinate me...especially the female figure. The energy present between me and the model becomes the breath of life in my work. I am inspired by the infinite possibilities of form achieved through using a variety of figures in a multiplicity of poses. The human body, either in frenetic movement or caught at rest, remains my only playground.
    • Biography
      • Marke Meyer is a sculptor, photographer and a multi-media artist.

        He was born in Kokstad, spent his childhood in the mountains of Lesotho and matriculated from Westville Boy's High School in 1981.

        He studied for a B.Sc. Agric. (Hort) and graduated in 1987. He then opened his own wholesale nursery business which he ran successfully for eighteen years.

        During all these years he studied art privately with his passion being in all things figurative. Sculpture and photography became his tools to explore the human figure. Years ago, with his growing success as an artist, he was finally able to sell the horticultural business and set out on a career as a full time artist.
        Marke Meyer's work is available for sale in many South African galleries. His pieces have also traveled abroad to North America, Central America, South America, United Kingdom, Europe, New Zealand and Australia.

        Selected Solo Exhibitions:
        Taunting Gravity, Imbizo Gallery, Hoedspruit, S.A.

        Exposure, Riverbend Art & Wine Gallery, KZN, S.A.

        Selected Group Exhibitions:

        Summertide Group Exhibition, The Gallery Riebeek Kasteel, Cape.
        Sculpture Exhibition, Imbizo Gallery launch, Umhlanga (Pearl Walk), KwaZulu Natal, S.A.
        Sculpture Exhibition, Hilton Arts Festival, KwaZulu Natal, S.A.
        Sculpture Exhibition, Candice Berman Fine Art, Johannesburg, S.A.                  
        Start Art Fair, Saatchi Gallery, London
        Turbine Art Fair (TAF 2016), Turbine Hall, Johannesburg, S.A.
        KKNK Arts Festival, Candice Berman Fine Art, Oudtshoorn, S.A.
        Klein Karoo National Arts Festival, Candice Berman Fine Art, S.A.
        Wayward Dreams, Imbizo Gallery, Ballito, S.
        Duarte Artists & Marke Meyer, Durban Exhibition Centre, S.A.
        Turbine Art Fair (TAF2015), Candice Berman Fine Art, Turbine Hall, Johannesburg, S.A.
        Into Thin Air,  Imbizo Gallery, Ballito
        The Child Inside - Rooftop VII, St. Lorient Art & Fashion Gallery, Brooklyn, Pretoria, S.A.

        Wishful Thinking, Gallery 4, Shelly Beach, S.A.
        No Tomorrow, Imbizo Gallery, Ballito, S.A.
        Turbine Art Fair (TAF2014), Turbine Hall, Johannesburg, S.A.
        In Touch, Imbizo Gallery, Ballito, S.A.
        Life Force, Imbizo Gallery, Ballito, S.A.
        Shades of Grey, Kizo Art Gallery, Ballito, S.A.
        Walking Through Walls, Kizo Art Gallery, Umghlanga, S.A.                      
        PPC Young Sculptors Awards - Association of Arts, Pretoria, S.A.
        Access Denied, Red Eye, Durban Art Gallery, Durban, S.A.
        Transform, Red Eye, Durban Art Gallery, Durban, S.A.
    • Interview
      • Which new trends or South African artists do you find inspiring at the moment?
        Anton Momberg. Momberg also focuses on the female nude and is an incredible realist sculptor. He is meticulous in his pieces and highly technically skilled. He also produces conceptual work and I have a definite leaning towards conceptualism in art – it to me, is what creates the communication between the artist, the piece and the viewer.
        Which South African deceased artist do you most admire and why?
        Edoardo Villa. I simply admire his tenacity, work ethic and energy – working up to his last day.

        Which exhibition that you have visited made the greatest impact on you and why?

        Durban Art Gallery -  A Brett Murry exhibition for his witty satirical work. And the fact that he is not restricted to one medium – he creates in many successfully communicating his ideas and opinions with a lightness. Also a Wim Botha exhibition in Grahamstown. Really enjoyed his experimental approach using unexpected mediums including books, milie-pap, charcoal etc. With his work too – his work challenges one and forces a response.

        Where do you get your inspiration for your work?
        Predominantly from waking dreams mixed with reference to personal experiences – my work is very often auto-biographical.

        Do you have any rituals or habits involving your art-making that you can tell us about?
        Nope, I just get on with it – it’s what I do!

        What do you like most about being an artist?

        Doing it! There is really nothing I don’t like. I love the conceptualizing in my mind initially and the ever-changing journey of actually creating the piece. I love the poetry in my head through the entire process which gets whittled down to finally the title and naming of the piece. I am very happy working on my own – and creating sculpture demands that I do.

        How do you handle bad days when you experience artist's block?

        It’s really not very often that I have ‘bad’ days – it’s such a long process in sculpture that most of the days are simply spent executing the original idea. I have no problem showing up in front of an unfinished piece – it’s what excites me.

        What is your greatest achievement as an artist to date?
        Simply that I live very comfortably from the proceeds of my work.  The fact that people relate to my work is wonderful validation for me – and allows me to continue doing what I love.

        Do you feel that you want to make a difference to the world or in people's lives? If yes, how?
        Thankfully my work most definitely touches people and makes a difference in their lives . I know this because they tell me how much the work affects them and how they love living in the same space as a particular piece. I also love that people see themselves and other personal things into my pieces. The piece is bigger than me in that way – it communicates differently with different people – I like that.

        What are your plans for the coming year?
        As usual, I will be staging approximately six exhibitions, one of the exhibitions being in Germany. Apart from that I will simply be creating new sculptures and taking more risks in my work – both technically and poetically.