exercise scientist master sculptor
fastest sculptor in the world
Maker of National monuments
International portrait sculptor
sports sculptor of International events
World class figurative sculptor
how to buy a sculpture
If you are interested in owning some of my work you are welcome to visit the studio in Cape Town. Most people who have an idea of what they want end up buying something they find me busy with in the studio.
I find that pieces I make from pure inspiration turn out a bit better than those I am instructed to do. So, even if you ask me to do a sculpture of an elephant I will make it the way I feel it should be, and that is what art is about…. every artist will have a different interpretation of the same theme…that is also what gives it value. You don’t want to ask Madonna to sing like Cher, or Bruce Springstein to sing like Tom Jones.
I can work off photographs if you need a portrait done, but it is a bit better if the person can sit for me.
The starting point is deciding on your budget. Then I can tell you what that can give you, as there are many variables in the costing of a sculpture.
Original once off pieces are the most expensive, especially if it’s in bronze. Their value will also increase very quickly, as has been shown with past work of mine.
If the sculpture you want is something I may be able to sell to other people too, it will bring down the costs a lot.
I work mainly in two materials. Polyurethane, which is a very strong resin type of material, it can stand outside in all weather for a 100 years at least. It can also be coloured in all kinds of amazing colours , even see through like glass. It can be combined with lights and water too.
Genuine bronze is the traditional material for sculpture, and the value is proven. It is extremely strong and can withstand any weather for hundreds of years.
I do have a pricelist to show you how I arrive at a cost. I can post this to you as soon as you know what you want.
I do have collections of sculptures of which I cast a small series, in other words I would make 10 or 20 copies of the design. This brings down the cost a lot for collectors, and also maintain a good investment value.
All sculptures come with a Certificate of Authenticity, that states the name, date of conception, value and my signature.
Once you have decided on a budget and more or less what you want, I take a 60% deposit. I then make small “maquettes” , sketches of how I see the sculpture. I will make as many of these designs as needed until you are satisfied with the design. Then I finish the sculpture in an appropriate original design for you to approve before it goes to foundry for casting
Born 1958 in South Africa. All throughout his school career Harry was captain of nearly every team he played for in any sport, rugby, swimming, athletics and shooting. Received school colors for many sports and provincial colors for some. Some of his school records are still standing. In matric he was awarded the Art and Rugby prize.
At University he became Northern Transvaal and SA boxing champion and captain of the university of Pretoria boxing club. He received a university honors blazer for sport and academics and was elected chairman of the Phys Ed department students council. He was inducted a lifetime honorary member of the dailies students council for his work in raising funds for charities. He was also a volunteer ambulance driver for red cross on weekends and Played premier league rugby for SA’s no1 rugby club Harlequins
Harry started studying Art with a boxing bursary …but, after successfully completing 2 years changed direction to complete a degree in physical education and did post graduate studies in Physiology.
He has been a phys ed teacher, sports shop owner, printing business owner, gym equipment manufacturer, construction company owner, and a sports club & gym owner of a gym with 25 000 members.
On his 40th birthday he became a sculptor, as a result of a promise to his mother on her deathbed.
Harry is without a doubt the most versatile sculptor in South Africa today. He is known as the fastest sculptor in the world and can sculpt a portrait bust in a matter of hours.
He is even in the Guinness Book of records for making the biggest chocolate sculpture.
His work sells for record prices and is collected all over the world. Owning an original by Harry Johnson has proven to be a very good investment. Harry accepts commissions as that is the test of a true artist, to be able to produce work of integrity while taking direction from a client. He has made 3 National Monuments and many private commissions for some of the most prominent South African families. He has made portraits of many international sports stars, celebrities and statesmen.
While absolutely everyone else tries to make work with angst and “feeling” and dark and disturbing themes in an attempt to be different, in fact they simply end up being all the same. Harry’s work stands out firstly for his technical excellence and mastery of style and proportion not to mention that his faces are far above the standard of anyone else. Harry possesses the rarest ability in sculpture in that he can capture a true likeness not only in facial features but even in physical posture.
Harry’s work was not available in any Gallery. Harry has already produced more sculptures than any other South African sculptor in history. Making many sculptures does not diminish it’s value.
Picasso painted 30 000 paintings in his lifetime.