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About Hannes2021-12-07T07:58:32+00:00

HANNES HARRS 1927 – 2006

WORLD-RENOWNED SOUTH AFRICAN ABSTRACT ARTIST

INCORPORATING:

MIXED MEDIA

OILS

KUBA CLOTH

SCULPTURES

GRAPHICS

A BRIEF BIOGRAPHY OF HANNES HARRS

Hannes Harrs, with his European background and schooling, contributed to art in South Africa in a unique way. A contribution that as yet, has not been fully comprehended. His passionate involvement with Africa dates back to his childhood, when an uncle, a ship’s captain, brought him artefacts from Africa. mostly craftwork used in fertility rites and festivals of all kinds.

It filled the young artistic boy with wonderment and led to an obsession which brought him to Africa in the fifties, when he settled in South Africa. His love for Africa and the artefacts of its people was the centre of Hannes’ own creativity. These influences were never superficial or cosmetic as reflected in so many of the fashionable products flooding the galleries and museums at the time, due to ignorance and a misplaced sense of guilt in the aftermath of colonialism.

Only an Intellect such as Hannes’s could absorb the rhythms, colours, forms and textures of Africa and the trans-figure them meaningfully. Even artists of European extraction, born on the African continent, would not experience Africa in the same way as Hannes did.

HANNES HARRS COMMISSIONS

Cities, Galleries, Organisations and Establishments throughout the world, which have commissioned Hannes’s work.

OBITUARY OF HANNES HARRS

On May 25 2006 South Africa lost one of its greatest artists.

Hannes Harrs, aged 79, sat down for a little rest after a productive day spent in his studio. He sat back in his favourite chair to contemplate his latest painting and fell asleep. It was a short while later when his wife, Soelve, came to cover him with a blanket that she realised that he had left this world.

Hannes, born into an artistic family in Germany in 1927, immigrated to South Africa at the age of 23. His uncle, a ship’s captain who made regular trips to Durban, had awakened in Hannes a desire to experience South Africa, by showing him strange and wonderful artefacts made by the local artists. It was also this experience that set Hannes on the path as an expert and lover of the ancient Art of Africa.

Hannes has been a professional artist since the late sixties when he gave up his career in advertising to become a full-time professional artist. His art has developed from bold abstract figures inspired by the shapes and colours of Africa into beautiful Kuba collages much admired both in South Africa and overseas. In an interview at the Picasso exhibition, Hannes said how that great man had been one of the major influences in his own art.

From humble beginnings and his first public exhibition at the Egon Guenter Gallery in 1961, Hannes has produced prolifically and been exhibited in many major art galleries around the world. In this country, his work is represented in the Sasol and Absa collections, as well as in galleries and private collections in every province. We celebrate the life of Hannes – accomplished artist, sculptor and printmaker, well known not only in South Africa, but also abroad. His memory lives on in the many wonderful works of art which he has produced.

COLLECTIONS

Johannesburg Art Gallery
Absa Bank Gallery
Kimberley
Durban Art Gallery
Witwatersrand University, Johannesburg
Pretoria University
RAU-Johannesburg
Stadthalle, Eckernförde
Grey’s Hospital, Pietermaritzburg
The Saxon Hotel, Gauteng
Sasol, South Africa
Cedric’s Guest Lodge, De Waterkant, Cape Town
Absa Bank, South Africa
Horst Brandt Collection
Reinhard Marx, South Africa
Preussag, Hanover
Brand, Cape Town
Rathaus, Eckernförde
Richemont Collection, Zug, Switzerland.
Landesmuseum, Schleswig-Holstein, Schloss Gottdorf
Ezakwantu, Franschhoek


Les Sacks, Los Angeles
Pelmama Collection
Winchester Collection, KZN

MORE INFORMATION ON HANNES’S MEDIUM CHOICES

KUBA CLOTH

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THE ARTS IN OIL

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SCULPTURES AND TOTEMS

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“Merian, Suedafrica, 12/XXXII, Hamburg, Germany.”

PUBLICATIONS

“ARTLOOK 55, June 1971, Johannesburg, South Africa.”

PUBLICATIONS

“Lantern, December, 1978, Pretoria, South Africa.”

PUBLICATIONS

“Heimat Gemeinschaft, Eckernforde, No.35, 1977 (Jahrbuch).”

PUBLICATIONS

“E Rankin, IMAGES OF WOOD, 1989, Johannesburg Art Gallery.”

PUBLICATIONS

“Jahrbuch des Schleswig Landesmuseums, Schloss Gottorf, Band VI, 1996-1998.”

PUBLICATIONS

“Spuren des Regenbogens Landsmuseums, 2001.”

PUBLICATIONS

“VISI.”

PUBLICATIONS

“HABITAT.”

PUBLICATIONS

“Three Bakuba Collages, 2003.”

PUBLICATIONS

“Inspired by Africa, 2004.”

PUBLICATIONS
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