Mat Louwrens, Professional Artist, Sand Paintings, Oils, Watercolours and Sculpture

Sculptures done in Limestone/resin and finished in mineral sand

nTenjane - The crowned plover
nTenjane - The crowned plover

Taking his almost photographic sand-painting techniques to another level, Mat Louwrens is now creating a range of uniquely African sculptures, in the form of Nguni bulls, coloured with undyed mineral sand and natural sands of the kalahari.

The identity of the Nguni people (Zulu, Xhosa, Matabele, Swazi, Sotho, etc.) and their cattle have been intertwined for centuries.

Unlike most cattle breeds, Ngunis have never been selected for conformity. The high value placed on survival and individuality has resulted in fantastic variations in coloration and patterning. These unique markings have inspired herdsmen over the ages to develop a poetic and metaphorical naming practice, linking an animal to a bird, beast, plant, shadow, rock or even an occasion.

Each piece is unique and Mat supplies an autographed certificate of authenticity with each one declaring that there will only ever be one of a kind in the world. A sample of the certificate is shown below

These sculptures measure 27cm wide x 20cm high (10.6" x 8") excluding the wooden base which has an engraved brass plate bearing the animal's name. Because it is a tactile product it can be washed when needed.

A recent modifiction has resulted in the horns, ears and tails being made in a metal alloy to make them more robust. The eyes have also been replaced with glass beads to appear more authentic and lifelike and the horns and ear inners are painted in oils to present a more realistic appearance. So now there are a variety of horn patterns and tail positions available to further provide individuality to each animal.

Certificate of Authenticity issued with each unit
Certificate of Authenticity issued with each unit
Detail of modified head for iKozi - the black eagle
Detail of modified head for iKozi - the black eagle