Niel Jonker


Little of my output is commission based, with my focus remaining on figurative observations from life and casting these in bronze. With portraiture slowly growing into a more substantial part of my work and during 2015 coming into its own, I have started accepting more commissions from collectors that specifically require my approach and style. Enquire here


Comprising small full-length figures that reflect gestural character, as well as life-size busts, these white sculptures are rendered in various media from candle wax to white cement. Much like painting outdoors offers endless logistical challenges, this project is also calling on new demands such as working outdoors and in living spaces. And much flexibility is required when considering my friends limited experience in modelling.

Sometimes these sessions have been wild, such as this bust of a musician with a speaker very close by and very loud. Moments of tension and wonder alternate freely in this impromptu method of practice, always offering suprising results.

Working direct from the subject allows for long moments of reflection and discussion on the nature of the gaze. These sessions have been most rewarding for me and I believe for the subjects too. A type of therapy session. Anyway, it beats just chatting over a cup of tea.


Niël has been commissioned to create the winning trophies for leading mountain bike events, including the ABSA Cape Epic, The Cape Pioneer Trek, and the Tankwa Trek stage races.

“It’s been an honour to consider the spirit of rider and environment through creative expression”.

Metals and foraged earth have been forged and fired in improvised ways to reflect the inner reserves demanded by these extreme experiences.

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