Michael Heyns

Born in Potchefstroom in 1946, Michael qualified with a BA (Fine Arts) through the Pretoria University at 21. In the same year (1967), Heyns was awarded the New Signatures prize through the then SA Association of Arts. Initially working at the National Film Board, Michael’s fulltime career as an artist commenced in 1979, with countless solo and group exhibitions to follow in the ensuing years. In 2007, a self-published coffee table book, ‘Kronologies/Chronological’ was produced, and updated in 2011, showing a valuable and detailed personal glimpse into the significant life of Michael and his wife Susan.

In a professional art career spanning 42 years, Heyns’ themes explore concepts of birth, life, growth, illness and pain, underpinned by an obsession with, and an eternal quest for beauty. A deeply introspective soul, his art is imbued with notions of impermanence and fragility, alluding to his own increasing vulnerability over the passing years. Heyns is renowned for his distinctive but vast subject matter, including the commonly explored flower/s, flower pots and vessels, fish, butterflies and other plant and animal matter. Expressions of the human figure, including portraits, often in combination with the above, is reflective of his preferred existence of solitude. Eternally creative, Michael shows his love of various mediums to explore his chosen themes, testimony to his broad scope of expressive ability. Ceramics, clay sculpture, and printworks add to paintings and drawings as part of his extensive repertoire.

Michael lives with his wife Susan In Weavind Park, Pretoria.  


Michael Heyns

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Say Africa

Say Africa

Laurel Holmes, Ingrid Uys, Andrew Hamlet, Sue Martin, Mariana Zwaan, Karin Daymond, Walter Voigt, Erica Schoeman, Eric Eatwell, James De Villiers, Lynette van Tonder, Rene Eloff, Gerrie van Tonder, Winston Thekiso, Wendy Sippel, Noeleen Kleve , Marina Louw, Michael Heyns, Anton Smit, Tony Fredriksson, Willem Pretorius, Anna Kirsten, Gwen Miller, Marieke Prinsloo-Rowe, Lebohang Sithole, Braam van Wijk, Sizwe Khoza, Linda Pretorius, Pat Sithole, Nelsa Guambe, Jonathan Kassel, Elise Buitendag, Bongi Bengu, Odette Saayman, Annelie Odendaal, Daryl Nero, Valinda Lombard, Maria Pienaar, Cobus van Bosch, Maria Marais, Coleen Williams, Henriette van Staden, Ewald Esselen, Pete Armstrong, Khulekani Msweli, Phindile Mamba, Thabo Lukhele, M.J. Hill, Jackie Noakes, Ianthe Hudson, Anya Heymans, Lucy Doran, Valinda Lombard, Thelmi, Siphiwe Fokazi, Belinde Fourie, Belinde Fourie, Ian Hertslet, Ian Hertslet, Mimi van der Merwe, Zakkie Eloff, Jennifer Snyman
White River Gallery
30 Nov 2019 - 19 Jan 2020

"I may be walking in the streets of a city called London, but the dust on my boots, and rhythm of my feet ...