Harry Johnson - Master Sculptor

  a very impressive shortlist of commissions by a world class sculptor

3 National Monuments

King Sekhukhune – at battlefield of 1878
King Makhado – in City of Makhado
King Ngungunyane – in City of Giyani

Official Sports Sculptures

Frik du Preez – SA Rugby player of the century
Graeme Pollock – SA Cricketer of the century
Allan Donald, Dave Richardson, Jonty Rhodes, Pat Symcox, Mark Boucher, Clive Rice, André Joubert, Ruben Kruger, Penny Heyns, Lucas Radebe, Ace Ntsoelengoe, Ali Bacher, Umpire Venkat, Umpire Rudi Koertzen.  Mandela as a boxer.
Basil D'Oliveira international cricket trophy

Rugby world cup sculptures

First 3 winning Captains.


Allan Knott-Craig, Anton Rupert, Johan Rupert … and many more

Official sculptor of the South African Sports Hall of Fame

International Monument

Simon Bolivar
Pretoria City Art Museum Park

Sculpture of Simon Bolivar by Harry Johnson

Rugby World Cup

Mandela handing over World Cup to Pienaar

Sculpture of Nelson Mandela and Francois Pieanaar by Harry Johnson

Important facts you need to know about the Art world

There is no organization or website or book that can tell you who is who in the art world.  There is no regulatory body that says you have to be registered in some directory, or that you have to be accepted by some committee, or acknowledged by some Art critic come expert.  No one controls or decides what is art or what is not art.  Every gallery owner will tell you something different – at the end of the day they are only businesses trying to sell what they have.  Critics and valuers also tend to be owners, employees or consultants of large Galleries.  If they don't personally know or represent an artist they pretend to know nothing about that artist.  Art is without a doubt the most manipulated and unsubstantiated form of human endeavour.  You can easily compare art to music – who's to say that rock & roll is better than hip hop – or that Celine Dion sings better than Amy Winehouse – it's all only a matter of taste.
Only the very immature and insecure believe that what they like is Art
Most true collectors buy directly from the artist, and they buy what they like – not because it may become valuable.  If it starts to be valuable it will keep its value – at least – cheap stuff mostly stays cheap stuff.  Sculpture has proven over hundreds of years to be a good investment, as the intrinsic value of sculpture is high, especially if it is cast in genuine bronze.

How do you commission a piece of Art

Find an artist whose work you like, if you cannot find him or her on the internet , try a gallery.  If you find a gallery that sells their work, and they cannot or won't give their contact details then be careful.  Most probably that artist has been "enslaved" by the trade.  All the top artists on earth represent themselves, if you find their work in a gallery the gallery owner has bought the piece or commisioned it.  They simply resell at a profit – that's as simple as it is.  Find an aritist who represents himself or has a healthy relationship with an agent and ask for something to be made more or less how you like it – just remember it is best not to tell the artist exactly to the finest detail what to do.  Allow them some creative control – that is how the best work is produced.  Pavarotti sings like Pavarotti, Joe Cocker sings like Joe Cocker – all is Art.

Gallery owners like to believe and try to explain to young people that they can "make" them.  No amount of so-called work, or input from a gallery can "make" an artist.  The work that is produced is the key factor.  The reason why so many artists find themselves "owned" by galleries and agents is because they sold out.
Even Vincent van Gogh painted for the money, and in fact he sold every piece he ever painted.  His brother was an art dealer – every week he would bring him money for food and rent, and bring him new canvas and paint – that is "selling" – but true to gallery owner / art dealer form Vincent was simply exploited.  If his brother hadn't seen the potential in his work he wouldn't have bought it all.  Quality will always come to the fore.  Trust your own instincts when you decide what you like – you have taste in music don't you?  Only the very insecure need to be told what is Art – or what wine is supposed to be "better" than another.