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BIOGRAPHY

Hennie Niemann Junior

Artist Biography

Hennie Niemann was born in 1972 in Bloemfontein to Magriet and Hennie Niemann Senior. He moved to Vermont in 1980,  where he was introduced to art at a very early age. Under the tuition of his artist father Hennie Niemann Snr and Gregoire Boonzaier, he began sketching in bistre. In 1990 after matriculating from Hermanus High School, Hennie's military service afforded him a year in the Kruger National Park. It was here, surrounded by bushveld, that his love of nature and wildlife was nurtured. In 1991, drawing on this new found source of inspiration, Hennie returned to Vermont and starts his artistic career. His bistre sketches and expressionistic oils reflected his intense affinity with the interactions of the wild. His first exhibition of drawings debuted in 1993 and sold out. The following year, Niemann Jr met Angela Key who shared 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.

Painting Style

Niemann Jr's 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.

Exhibiting History

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