"The human body, either in frenetic movement or
caught at rest, remains my only playground". MM
Marke is essentially a poet at heart.
Having abandoned the pen and paper in exchange for space itself, Marke now uses sculpture to create his own unique, quirky concoction of 'visual poetry'.
According to Marke: "Figures fascinate me...especially the female figure. I prefer the nude figure as it is free of context allowing for an open-ended expression of abstract concepts and emotions. The figure, metaphoric in every sense, describes a state of mind, or more often the projection of ‘mind’ into a space removed... a mind-space perhaps.
This is a comfortable, magical space without restraint or restriction. The human body, either in frenetic movement or caught at rest, remains my only playground."
"Generally my sculptures transmit the awareness of
transitioning into adulthood without losing the
subjective naivety of the younger person. These works
are about growing up on your own terms. Often there is a
subtle reference to the question 'What If?' - What if Eve
hadn't plucked the apple? What if we had chosen a
different 'shoe' for our path? Through this questioning we
may perhaps arrive at a deeper self-knowledge". MM
Marke has pioneered the use of suspension to best display his works and to create the feeling of lightness, whimsy and freedom.
Marke constantly re-invents himself as an artist but always remain true to his narrative. He is an innovator who constantly experiments with new concepts: these include the use of other metals (e.g. stainless steel); new technology (lazer cutting, scanning and enlargement); and new finishes (textures and chroming).
Marke Meyer is a sculptor, art photographer and a multi-media artist.
He was born in Kokstad, spent his childhood in the mountains of Lesotho and matriculated from Westville Boy's High School in 1981.
He studied for a B.Sc. Agric. (Hort) and graduated in 1987. He then opened his own wholesale nursery business which he ran successfully for eighteen years.
During all these years he studied art privately with his passion being in all things figurative. Sculpture and photography became his tools to explore the human figure. Years ago, with his growing success as an artist, he was finally able to sell the horticultural business and set out on a career as a full time artist.Marke Meyer's work is available for sale in Germany, Switzerland and many South African galleries. He also ships works worldwide.
His pieces have traveled abroad to North America, Central America, South America, United Kingdom, Europe, New Zealand, Asia and Australia.
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2019 Beneath the Surface - Art@Clocktower, Cape Town Waterfront, Cape
2019 The Games We Play - Riverbend Art & Wine Gallery, Southbroom, KZN, S.A.
2019 Poetry in Motion II - Art@Clocktower, Cape Town Waterfront, Cape
2019 In Dreams So Far Removed - Imbizo Gallery, Ballito, KZN, S.A.
2019 A Place to Hide - Imbizo Gallery, Umhlanga, KZN, SA.
2018 Poetry in Motion - Art@Clocktower, Cape Town Waterfront, Cape
2017 A Legacy of Laughter and Lost Moments - Durbanville Hills Wine Estate, Cape
2015 Taunting Gravity - Imbizo Gallery, Hoedspruit, S.A.
2012 Exposure - Riverbend Art & Wine Gallery, KZN, S.A.
Selected Group Exhibitions
2020 So Much Talent In Our Country - Exhibition & Launch of Art@Africa Art Book, Cape Town Waterfront, Cape, RSA
2020 The opening of the Julie Miller African Contemporary Gallery, Randburg, Johannesburg, RSA
(Marke Meyer & Sonja Smeyers)
2020 A New Tomorrow - Imbizo Gallery @ The Pearls, Umhlanga, RSA.
2019 Trascendence / Transzendenz - Kunstgalerie Meerbusch, Dusseldorf, Germany
(Marke Meyer & Everett Duarte & Frances Schandera)
2018 Intrinsic Flow - Imbizo Gallery @ The Pearls, Umhlanga, KZN
2018 Not a Painting - Show Room Gallery, Pretoria
2018 At the Heart of Laughter - Gallery on Leviseur, Bloemfontein
(Marke Meyer, Tay Dall, Rudolf Bitzer)
2018 Decorex Durban 2018, KZN
(Duarte artists & Marke Meyer)
(Marke Meyer, David Hadaway)
2017 Bronze Art Africa Gallery - White River, Mpumalanga
(Marke Meyer & Michael Canadas - partners in own Gallery)
2017 Present in Absence - Candice Berman Gallery, Bryanston, Johannesburg.
(Louise Almon, Marke Meyer)
2017 Tiny - In Toto Gallery, Johannesburg
2017 Mute Wisdom Art@Durbanvillhill - Cape
2017 Poetry in Motion - Art@Almenkerk - Elgin Grabow / Cape
2017 Decorex - Durban 2017
(Duarte artists & Marke Meyer)
2016 Summertide Group Exhibition, The Gallery Riebeek Kasteel, Cape.
2016 Sculpture Exhibition, Imbizo Gallery launch, Umhlanga (Pearl Walk), KwaZulu Natal, S.A.
2016 Sculpture Exhibition, Hilton Arts Festival, KwaZulu Natal, S.A.
2016 Sculpture Exhibition, Candice
Berman Fine Art, Johannesburg, S.A.
(Marke Meyer, Gerhard van Eck, Michael Canandas)
2016 Start Art Fair, Candice Berman Fine Art, Saatchi Gallery, London
Art Fair (TAF 2016), Candice Berman Fine Art, Turbine Hall, Johannesburg, S.A.
2016 That Art Fair, Candice Berman
Fine Art, Woodstock, Cape Town
2016 KKNK Arts Festival, Candice
Berman Fine Art, Oudtshoorn, S.A.
2016 Klein Karoo National Arts Festival, Candice Berman Fine Art, S.A.
2016 Wayward Dreams - Imbizo Gallery,
(Marke Meyer, Carl Roberts, Elizabeth Balcomb, Isaac Sithole, Terri Broll, Gerhard van Eck
2016 Duarte Artists & Marke Meyer, Durban Exhibition Centre, S.A.
(Marke Meyer, Everett Duarte, Frances Duarte, Izzy Duarte)
Art Fair (TAF2015), Candice Berman Fine Art, Turbine Hall, Johannesburg, S.A.
2015 Marke Meyer & Joy Heyneke
@ The Leonardo Gallery, Morelettapark, Pretoria, S.A.
2015 Into Thin Air, Imbizo Gallery, Ballito
(Marke Meyer, Steve van der Schyff, Nicolaas Roos, Everett Duarte, Frances Duarte, Mpenja)
2015 The Child Inside - Rooftop VII, St. Lorient Art &
Fashion Gallery, Brooklyn, Pretoria, S.A.
(Andre Otto, Marke Meyer, Andriaan Diedericks, Gordon Froud, Guy Du Toit, Rossouw Van der Walt, Mchelle le Grange, Setlamorago Mashilo, Caitlin Greenberg, Ruhan Janse Van Vuuren, Nelson Thaba, Sara Richards, Noko Mello, Francos Venter, Ronit Judelman, Yannis Generalis and Jaco Sieberhagen)
2014 Wishful Thinking,
Gallery 4, Shelly Beach, S.A.
2014 No Tomorrow, Imbizo
Gallery, Ballito, S.A.
(Marke Meyer, Izzy Duarte, Terri Broll, Michael Canadas, Leoni Needham)
Art Fair (TAF2014), Candice Berman Fine Art, Turbine Hall, Johannesburg, S.A.
2013 Hilton Arts Festival, Hilton, S.A.
2013 In Touch, Imbizo
Gallery, Ballito, S.A.
(Marke Meyer, The Duarte Artists, Mpenja)
2012 Life Force, Imbizo
Gallery, Ballito, S.A.
(Marke Meyer, Carl Roberts, Izzy Duarte, Anton Smit)
2010 Dimitrov & Meyer, Riverbend
Art Gallery, Southbroom, S.A.
(Branco Dimitrov, Marke Meyer)
2009 Shades of Grey, Kizo
Art Gallery, Ballito, S.A.
(Clint Stijdom, Marke Meyer)
2008 ColaborVent, Margate, S.A.
2007 Walking Through Walls,
Kizo Art Gallery, Umghlanga, S.A.
(Marke Meyer, Gavin Risi, Everett Duarte, Frances Duarte)
2006 PPC Young Sculptors Awards -
Association of Arts, Pretoria, S.A.
2006 Access Denied, Red
Eye, Durban Art Gallery, Durban, S.A.
2006 Transform, Red Eye,
Durban Art Gallery, Durban, S.A.
2005 Contemporary Women by 2 Men,
Depictions Gallery, KZN, S.A.
(Marke Meyer, Everett Duarte)
2003 ColaborArt 13 to 18, Margate Art Museum, KZN, S.A.
2002 ColaborArt 7 to 12, Margate Art Museum, KZN, S.A.
2001 ColaborArt 1 to 6, Margate Art Museum, KZN, S.A.
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Netherlands, Belgium, Britain, Wales, Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand, Australia, Poland, Florida, Los Angeles, Colorado, America, Canada, Russia, France & South Africa, Denmark, Portugal, Australia & Hong Kong.
Pieces are available at:
(Click on the names below to link you to the galleries' websites)
Julie Miller African Contemporary - Randburg
Art @ Africa Gallery - Cape Town
Robert Badenhorst Art Gallery - Clarens
Dimitrov Gallery - Dullstroom
Gallery on Leviseur - Bloemfontein
Riverbend Art & Wine Gallery - KZN Southbroom
Zulu-Lulu Art House Gallery - Natal Midlands
The Showroom Art Gallery - Pretoria
All quality castings are done by:
Bronze Art Africa - White River