Project Description

Sue Greeff

Cobus Haupt

Cobus Haupt is an established bronze sculptor who draws on history, popular culture and tradition to produce artworks that are visually interesting, tactile and playful. The process and method of bronze casting informs Haupt’s work both formally and conceptually. 

Haupt has a tendency to include cracks, flaws and unresolved imperfections which bear witness to the casting process and catalogues the tactile history of the bronze technique itself. At the same time, these fissures also comment on Haupt’s rendering of the human figure. Human beings are understood as unique, fragile and remarkable due to their so-called imperfections, flaws and scars. These human ‘defects’ and ‘deformities’ bear, as in the case of the bronze casting process, witness to their engagement with life. Due to the importance of the process, Haupt undertakes all the aspects of the sculpting process himself from the mould making to the casting.

Haupt’s artistic process commences with live models from which he creates figurative sculptures that portray the naturalistic qualities of the model while harnessing the expressive qualities of the medium. Once the sculptures are cast in wax, various sections or parts are removed and combined with other figures and/or objects. These assemblages juxtapose various concepts to allow for new meaning and creation. Apart from the use of the human figure, Haupt also includes found objects such as traditional African figurative sculptures, broken pieces of ceramic cutlery or childhood remnants like Lego or Mecano. Haupt’s work also relies on an autobiographical element as he draws inspiration from that which surrounds him such as his family and objects from his past.

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Vono II 2020 Bronze, 1OF9 16 x 20 x 12 cm

Fortune Cat II (Kinetic)
2017
Bronze Steel Cement, 1/5
152 x 47 x 31 cm

Fortune Cat I (Kinetic)
2018
Bronze Steel Cement, 2/5
152 x 47 x 31 cm

Fortune Cat III (Kinetic)
2017
Bronze Steel Cement, 1/5
157 x 47 x 31 cm

Cobus Haubt Annabel 2018 Bronze, 2of5 14 x 20 x 10 cm

Annabel
2018
Bronze, 2/5
14 x 20 x 10 cm

Cobus Haubt Vono Giwoyo Mask 2019 Bronze, 1of7 15 x 43 x 13 cm

Vono Giwoyo Mask
2019
Bronze, 1/7
15 x 43 x 13 cm

Cobus Haubt Lostfound 2018 Bronze, 2of5 22 x 18 x 12 cm.

Lostfound
2018
Bronze, 2/5
22 x 18 x 12 cm

Cobus Haupt Moyses 2020 Bronze 14 x 21 x 14 cm

Moyses
2020
Bronze, 1/9
14 x 21 x 14 cm

Vono II 2020 Bronze, 1OF9 16 x 20 x 12 cm

Vono II
2020
Bronze, 1/9
16 x 20 x 12 cm

Cobus Haupt Langa 2020 Bronze 15 x 20 x 12 cm

Langa
2020
Bronze, 2/9
15 x 20 x 12 cm

Cobus Haubt Burning 2018 Bronze, 2of5 21 x 17 x 11 cm.

Burning
2018
Bronze, Edition of 5
21 x 17 x 11 cm
ED. 2 & 3: SOLD

Cobus Haubt Klug 2019 Bronze, 1of7 23.5 x 22 x 12 cm.

Klug
2019
Bronze, 1/7
23.5 x 22 x 12 cm
SOLD