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BIOGRAPHY

Hennie Niemann Jnr

Hennie Niemann Jnr is a painter who predominantly works in oil on canvas. His mastery of the medium and the subsequent development of his unique style is grounded in the rigorous tuition received from his artist father, Hennie Niemann Snr and the late iconic South African painter and family friend, Gregoire Boonzaier. Niemann Jnr started out experimenting with the Fauvist aesthetic and was greatly influenced by artists such as Pablo Picasso and South African painters, Walter Battiss and Maurice van Essche.

His early expressive paintings were characterised by bold, confident brushstrokes complemented by a rich impasto technique. His subject matter and models varied, capturing the movement, drama and colourful aspects of the animals, people and cultures encountered in his travels throughout Southern Africa. His subjects were drenched in the African sun and his canvasses portrayed a wide range of indigenous life; from the essence of intimate moments or memories shared, to the expressive energy of stampeding herds and ritual dance.

Niemann Jnr's style has progressively gravitated towards greater abstraction, not in its purest form, but rendered in a fragmented style comprising angular, hard-edged forms, restructured to capture the disposition of complex compositions. His current fascination with the energy, rhythm, and harmony of dance has been at the forefront of his development in recent years. He has had solo exhibitions in Cape Town and Johannesburg in South Africa, and London, UK among other locations.

1972
Born in Bloemfontein to Magriet and Hennie Niemann.

1980 – 1989
Moves to Vermont where he is introduced to art at a very early age. Under the tuition of his artist father Hennie Niemann Snr and Gregoire Boonzaier, he begins sketching in bistre.

1990
After matriculating from Hermanus High School, Hennie's military service affords him a year in the Kruger National Park. It is here, surrounded by bushveld, that his love of nature and wildlife is nurtured.

1991 – 1992
Drawing on this new found source of inspiration, Hennie returns to Vermont and starts his artistic career. His bistre sketches and expressionistic oils reflects his intense affinity with the interactions of the wild.

1993
His first exhibition of drawings was a sell-out.

1994 – 1996
Meets Angela Key who shares his passion for painting and wildlife. Together they set up a permanent studio in Vermont from where they make frequent safaris and visit many game parks and nature reserves throughout Southern Africa, resulting in a highly successful exhibition of their works at the Onrus Galerie in September 1996.

1997
Exhibition with Angela Key at The Cherie de Villiers Fine Art Gallery, Rosebank, Johannesburg. Donated a painting to a WWF auction for the protection of endangered species.

1998
Exhibition at Onrus Galerie at the Marine, Hermanus.

2000
'Triptych' Exhibition with Angela Key and Wehrner Lemmer at Johans Borman Fine Art Gallery, Cape Town.

2002
Travels to Mozambique, Malawi and Zambia to collect reference material for paintings. Invited to show at the 'Exhibition of Contemporary South African Art' in Chelsea, London where his paintings sold out.

2002 – 2005
Participates in group exhibitions at Stellenbosch Art Gallery and Art and Wine gallery, Clarens.

2003
'Triptych' Exhibition with Angela Key and Jaco Sieberhagen at Johans Borman Fine Art Gallery, Cape Town.

2006
First solo exhibition of oil paintings at Johans Borman Fine Art Gallery, Cape Town.

2008
Solo exhibition at Johans Borman Fine Art Gallery, Cape Town.

2009
'Art that inspires' Anniversary exhibition at Johans Borman Fine Art Gallery, Cape Town.

2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013
Solo exhibition at Johans Borman Fine Art Gallery, Cape Town.

2014 & 2015
Cape Town Art Fair

2015
FNB Joburg Art Fair

2015
1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, London

2016
Solo exhibition at Johans Borman Fine Art Gallery, Cape Town.

2018

Thompson's Gallery, Aldeburgh - 36th Annual Exhibiton