Uitstalling Art Gallery

Henk Serfontein

The Topography of Skin
November 19th, 2021 - January 14th, 2022

THE TOPOGRAPHY OF SKIN

In The Topography of Skin, he continues his intimate investigation into the fragility of the human body. Henk Serfontein’s eye is that of the microscopic; his artworks unveil the topography of skin in minute detail as he captures how light falls on the subtle folds of the skin or the vestige of a wound long-healed emerging from shadow. The work is submerged in the poetry of light and shadow but his vision is acute and goes beyond the surface of the skin. It zooms in on the underlying chaos in the seemingly photo realistic drawing. Every mark and every erasure acts as compassionate investigation.

Pairs of weightless arms and hands have become a recurring motive in his recent work. The limbs caress, contort and extend and become sculptural and larger than life, despite their intimacy. The postures suggest an extension of the psychological self... they suggest a self-awareness. The hand is hypersensitive. We are our hands. The hand is an instrument of love and compassion, of violence and anger, of protection and rejection. It gives, it takes, it comforts but also fights back. An artist’s creativity flows from his hands.

Henk Serfontein
Henk Serfontein

The Topography of Skin I

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The Topography of Skin II

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The Topography of Skin XII

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HENK SERFONTEIN

Henk Serfontein is an award winning South-African artist. His work has received widespread acclaim and he was the winner of numerous art competitions including the prestigious New Signitures Art Award. He holds a degree in Fine Art and has lectured on tertiary level.

He is best known for his award winning exhibition WINTERSLAAP which was a collaboration between himself and Afrikaans poet Wilma Stockenström. The exhibition was presented at the Stelenbosch Art Museum and also travelled to the Breytenbach Sentrum, the home of birth of Afrikaans poet Breyten Breytenbach. Henk Serfontein has also published widely and has contributed articles on visual art and popular culture to online publications such as Vrye Weekblad and Litnet. 

Henk Serfontein has exhibited widely and participated in numerous curated art exhibitions. His works have been included in Art Fairs in the United Kingdom and Johannesburg. He has completed art residencies at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris as well as the Piramidon Centre for Contemporary art in Barcelona Spain.

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The Topography of Skin I 

90cm x 90cm
Charcoal and mixed media on archival Hahnemühle paper, 2021

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The Topography of Skin II 

90cm x 90cm
Charcoal and mixed media on archival Hahnemühle paper, 2021

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The Topography of Skin III 

90cm x 90cm
Charcoal and mixed media on archival Hahnemühle paper, 2021

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The Topography of Skin IV

90cm x 90cm
Charcoal and mixed media on archival Hahnemühle paper, 2021

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The Topography of Skin V 

90cm x 90cm
Charcoal and mixed media on archival Hahnemühle paper, 2021

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The Topography of Skin VI

90cm x 90cm
Charcoal and mixed media on archival Hahnemühle paper, 2021

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The Topography of Skin VII 

110cm x 110cm
Charcoal and mixed media on archival Hahnemühle paper, 2021

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The Topography of Skin VIII

110cm x 110cm
Charcoal and mixed media on archival Hahnemühle paper, 2021

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The Topography of Skin IX

110cm x 110cm
Charcoal and mixed media on archival Hahnemühle paper, 2021

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The Topography of Skin X

110cm x 110cm
Charcoal and mixed media on archival Hahnemühle paper, 2021

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The Topography of Skin XI
110cm x 110cm
Charcoal and mixed media on archival Hahnemühle paper, 2021

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The Topography of Skin XII
110cm x 110cm
Charcoal and mixed media on archival Hahnemühle paper, 2021