Francois Viljoen is a South African born artist, now lives in the south west part of Baden Württemberg, Germany. In many ways arts influenced and marked his life from the start. He was in a only Academic+Sport school with no art classes, This was quite frustrating, but then the creative process, esp. drawing, became a passion and big interest in his teenage years, following a long, weekly TV series called, "Quest for Romanticism". He then started to draw, more and more. "It was like finding my call in life and meaning... Like bringing order to...
All artwork by Francois Viljoen Contemporary South African sculptor
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'The Pangolin Visitor Vessel (and Frond statuette)' by Francois Viljoen
Description: Pangolin Bronze Small statuette or sculpture for sale for Indoors Inside Interior display by the Bavarian based Sculptor François Viljoen, who writes.... "Solitary animal, with a thick skin.",... "Introvert" and nocturnal. Mysterious and amazing creature – with strong paws and claws. Can walk on four or two legs, maintaining balance with its tail and front part of its body. The Cape/Ground Pangolin. When in danger, rolls up in a ball to protect the only vulnerable parts of its body. The Pangolin becomes a metaphor to a specific human character type: "hard on the outside, soft on the inside". Rolls up/closes up when confronted with danger/confrontation, or fear.
'Spider Monkeys 2 Bowl (bronze Little Primate statue)' by Francois Viljoen
Description: Little Mischievous Spider Monkeys Bronze Playing sculpture for sale for Inside by the Observant Wild life sculptor François Viljoen, who writes... "Spider-monkey species are listed as "Endangered" by either USESA or IUCN. Found in tropical rain forests of Central, South America and Mexico. Weighs 5 to 9kg and can move through trees as fast as a human can run. It has no thumb, but with a very interesting tail that works like a fifth arm making it a super acrobat, who can move through the trees as fast as a man can run. Motif: "just a bit further...", Strength in collective effort...", alone we can do so little, together we can do so much." - Helen Keller. Monkey mischief.
'The Mantis` Secret (Praying Mantis Bowl sculpture)' by Francois Viljoen
Description: Little Praying Mantis&Bowl sculpture, Preying Mantis Hunting statue for sale for Indoors inside Interior use by the Gifted and Original Sculptor Francois Viljoen who writes.... "The Praying Mantis name comes from the typical "prayer-like" posture with folded fore-limbs, although the Eggcorn "preying mantis" is sometimes used in reference to their predatory habits. The insect order contains over 2400 species and 430 genera. For me, the Mantis is a very secretive creature and fascinated me from childhood and for me, a strong symbol, and metaphor, of peacefulness, quietness, inner tranquillity and strength. The Greek word "mantis" means "prophet". From where I come from in South Africa, the Kalahari Bushmen has got very strong beliefs regarding the Mantis and in ancient China the Mantis has strong symbolic meaning and features in many folk tales. To them it represents "strength, courage and boldness".
'The Armadillo Bowl (bronze Curious Animal statue)' by Francois Viljoen
Description: Bronze Bowl&Armadillo sculpture, Armadillo means "little armoured one" Spanish. The nine-banded armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus) in this case. Found in North, Central and South America. Like the Pangolin, also solitary and nocturnal. Can jump 1 meter high when frightened. 2 – 6 kg and covered by non overlapping, keratinized epidermal scales with nine bands/rings around middle of body. The armadillo is mainly insectivores with sticky tongues to lap up the insects. Like the pangolin can run away quickly, or quickly dig into the ground when confronted by its enemies. Some armadillo`s, like the Pangolin, can also roll up into a ball. Motif: While creating this work, words that came to mind were: Contemplation or Reflection.
'Bamboo Visitor (Chameleon Hunting sculpture statue)' by Francois Viljoen
Description: Bronze Life Size Chameleon on Bamboo sculpture statuette for sale for Interior Decoration in the House or Home by the Observant Wild Life Sculptor François Viljoen who writes... "Chameleon" means "earth lion" and is derived from the Greek words chamai (on the ground, on the earth) and leon (lion). It is know for its ability to change colours, and fit into the surroundings, and also for camouflage. On a more abstract level it can relate to the human trait to adopt or change in order to fit in. According to Abraham Maslow in his 1943 paper "A Theory of Human Motivation" rated "love/belonging" as 3rd important human need. And in Bronze Chameleon on Gourd sculpture Prowling Chameleon sculpture for sale for Indoors Inside Interior decoration by the International Philosophical Sculptor François Viljoen. He writes....... "In order to "fit in", we change ourselves (our looks?), to fit into a group or to be more like another person. This is at times, even done unknowingly. The modern fashion trends is a example of this. Even the punk movement, who, seemingly rebelled against the fashion industry, but created their own “uniform”/dress code, but even this was a specific dress code by which they were accepted as one of the group. The sphere shaped, bronze vessel/container features a Chameleon moving slowly through the bamboo branches.
'Spider Monkey 1 Bowl (bronze Primate sculpture)' by Francois Viljoen
Description: Small Bronze Spider Monkey&Bowl statue for sale for Indoors by the Naturalist sculptor François Viljoen, who writes.... " Spider-monkey species are listed as "Endangered" by either USESA or IUCN. Found in tropical rain forests of Central, South America and Mexico. Weighs 5 to 9kg and can move through trees as fast as a human can run. It has no thumb, but with a very interesting tail that works like a fifth arm making it a super acrobat. Motif: "See, Hear and Speak no evil". Witticism/Idiom originally came from idea of "The three wise monkeys" over the Tosho-gu shrine in Nikko, Japan with various meanings including associations with being of good mind, speech and action. In the Western world the phrase is often used to refer to a lack of moral responsibility on the part of people who refuse to acknowledge impropriety. Or "looking the other way".
'The Shrew (bronze Shrew on Exotic Leaf statuette)' by Francois Viljoen
Description: Mouse bronze sculpture statuette for sale for Indoors Inside Interior display by the Talented Sculptor François Viljoen, who writes..... "Elephant Shrew Macroscelidea is not really a mouse, and not even a real Shrew. They are also called Sengis, a term derived from the Bantu languages of Africa. They are mostly from Africa and eats mostly insects. Known for its long nose, long tail, thin legs and super speed. They are not highly social animals, but many live in monogamous pairs. They`re very active, but very seldom seen; elephant shrews are wary, well camouflaged, and adept at jumping or dashing away from threats. Words that came to mind while working on this project were: "alertness or readiness". The Bowl itself, in this work, had an organic and fauna origin/inspiration.
'Tea Party (Five bronze Birds Finches on Bowl sctatutte)' by Francois Viljoen
Description: Little Bronze Birds on Dish sculpture. "Tea party" - group social interaction of 5 different characters. Like a group of women (men), discussing and giving opinions to the world`s problems, and perhaps having an answer to all of them...maybe gossiping?
'Captive Invader (Small bronze Lizard statuettes)' by Francois Viljoen
Description: Lizard in Art Nouveaux Bronze Bowl sculpture. Bronze Entrapped Lizard Reptile in Bowl sculpture statuette bowl for Sale for Indoors Inside interior Display in the House or Home by the Imaginative Animal sculptor François Viljoen who writes... "Like the mythological stories of the Sirens, dangerous yet beautiful creatures, who lured nearby sailors with their enchanting music and voices to shipwreck on the rocky coast of their island. The motif or idea in this artwork, was the gecko or salamander creature, tempted by the shapes and form of the pattern on the vessel, and then falls into the trap and struggles to escape. The form/pattern which once intrigued him, now becomes alive, and tries to keep him captive. The flat 2D lines becomes alive, with shape and form (3D). Its maybe the struggle we all have with the empty and at times, dangerous lies (siren songs) of the materialistic/consumerism society we live in. The circular pattern on the vessel is that of the Strangler-fig.
Description: The Strangler Fig is a incredible plant, very beautiful (fully grown), but also very deadly. It latches onto other tree. The roots begin to thicken and they completely surround the host tree. The host tree begins to suffer as less and less nutrients from the soil can make it up to the leaves, the pathways blocked and crushed by the Strangler. After some years the host tree dies and the fig tree, now strong enough to stand on its own carries on living while the host tree wither`s and dies.
'The Kingfisher (bronze Poised Perched Indoor sculpture)' by Francois Viljoen
Description: The Spiral Form has much symbolic meaning. It has, in meaning, similarities to the Cone shape. It can be a positive or negative. The Spiral in this work, becomes loose. Breaks the conformity. On this part, the Kingfisher sits.
The sculptures (Fiddleheads Male and Female) arrived this morning and look fantastic. If you could pass on my thanks to the artist (Oliver Strong), I would be most grateful. Many thanks for your assistance,
Nicholas Shipton, Beds. Gt. Britain, United Kingdom.