Project Description

Cobus Haupt

Haupt is well established as a bronze sculptor that 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. The tendency to include cracks, flaws and unresolved imperfections that bears witness to the casting process catalogues the tactile history and the bronze technique itself, and also comments on Haupt’s rendering of the human figure. Human beings are understood as unique, fragile and remarkable due to his or her 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, the 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 juxtaposed various concepts to allow for new meaning and creation. Apart from the use of the human figure, Haupt also includes found objects including traditional African figurative sculptures, broken pieces of ceramic cutlery or childhood remnants such as 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.

Exhibitions

2012
– Fusion, Carol Lee Fine Art / Upstairs at Bamboo, Johannesburg
– Episode, Carol Lee Fine Art / Upstairs at Bamboo, Johannesburg
– Chronicle, Carol Lee Fine Art / Upstairs at Bamboo, Johannesburg
– PPC Cement, 21-Year Celebration Exhibition & Auction, Grahamstown
– Group exhibition, Transformation Gallery
– Mix, Carol Lee Fine Art / Upstairs at Bamboo, Johannesburg

2011
– New work (solo exhibition), Brundyn+, Cape Town
– Group exhibition, MAP South Africa in Association with UJ Art Gallery

2010
– Nuance, Carol Lee Fine Art / Upstairs at Bamboo, Johannesburg
– Source, Carol Lee Fine Art / Upstairs at Bamboo, Johannesburg
– Decade, Carol Lee Fine Art / Upstairs at Bamboo, Johannesburg
– Flow, Carol Lee Fine Art / Upstairs at Bamboo, Johannesburg
– Nudge, Artspace Gallery, Johannesburg
– FNB Joburg Art Fair, I-art Gallery, Johannesburg
– Here and there, Carol Lee Fine Art / Upstairs at Bamboo, Johannesburg

2009
– Tactility: denial and desire (solo exhibition), I-Art Gallery, Cape Town
– New work (solo exhibition), Carol Lee Fine Art / Upstairs at Bamboo, Johannesburg

2006
– Collection (Exhibition by Sarel Petrus, Dylan Graham and Cobus Haupt), Artspace Gallery, Johannesburg
– MAP South Africa (Solo exhibition), Harrie’s Pancakes, Pretoria

Exhibitions

2020
– Fusion Vol.2, (group exhibition) Eclectica Contemporary, Cape Town
– Investec Cape Town Art Fair, with Eclectica Contemporary, Cape Town
– Fusion Vol.3, (group exhibition) Eclectica Contemporary, Cape Town

2019
– Uitzicht, (Solo, festival artist) Aardklop, Potchefstroom
– SculptX, The Melrose Gallery Johannesburg
– Tableax, Carol Lee Fine Art, Upstairs, Bamboo, Johannesburg

2018
– Uitzicht (solo exhibition), Fried Contemporary
– Foundry Proof, Southern Guild Gallery, V@A Waterfront
– Vex @ Silence, Priest Espresso Bar, Johannesburg
– Outlook, Carol Lee Fine Art, Upstairs Bamboo, Johannesburg
– Essence, Carol Lee Fine art, Upstairs, Bamboo, Johannesburg
– War Child, Allen @ Overly Art Auction, Johannesburg
– Vonkprop, Woordfees, Stellenbosch
– Form and Substance, Knysna Fine Art, Knysna

2017
– Snake Eyes, Found Collective, Aardklop, a collaboration with Shenz Mohamed.
– Intersection, Carol Lee Fine Art, Upstairs Bamboo, Johannesburg
– Snake Eyes, Found collective, No End Contemporary Art Space, collaboration with Maaike Bakker
– Surface, Carol Lee Fine Art, Upstairs Bamboo, Johannesburg
– Urban Impressions, Found Collective, Fried Contemporary
– Collective, Carol Lee Fine Art, Upstairs Bamboo, Johannesburg
– A Reminiscent Drive (solo exhibition), Fried Contemporary
– Turbine Art Fair, Millennium Gallery and Carol Lee Fine Art

2016
– Provenance, Carol Lee Fine Art, Upstairs@Bamboo, Johannesburg
– Urban Impressions, Found Collective, Aardklop
– Summer Season Groep Exhibition, Teresa Lizamore, ClairVaux, Robertson
– Mapping space, InToto Gallery, Johannesburg
– In transit, Art Lovers 1932 Gallery, Pretoria

2015
– Manifesto, Carol Lee Fine Art / Upstairs at Bamboo, Johannesburg
– Mirror (An exhibition by Dylan Graham and Cobus Haupt), Fried Contemporary Art Gallery, Pretoria
– Portfolio, Carol Lee Fine Art / Upstairs at Bamboo, Johannesburg
– Turbine Art Fair with Carol Lee Fine Art, Johannesburg
– Vantage, Carol Lee Fine Art / Upstairs at Bamboo, Johannesburg
– Local/locale, Carol Lee Fine Art / Upstairs at Bamboo, Johannesburg

2014
– Winter sculpture fair, Nirox Sculpture Park, Krugersdorp
– Group exhibition, Cherie de Villiers Art Gallery, Johannesburg
– Anthology, Carol Lee Fine Art / Upstairs at Bamboo, Johannesburg
– Repertoire, Carol Lee Fine Art / Upstairs at Bamboo, Johannesburg
– Turbine Art Fair with Carol Lee Fine Art, Johannesburg
– Survey, Carol Lee Fine Art / Upstairs at Bamboo, Johannesburg
– Vista, Carol Lee Fine Art / Upstairs at Bamboo, Johannesburg

2013
– Vignette, Carol Lee Fine Art / Upstairs at Bamboo, Johannesburg
– Montage, Carol Lee Fine Art / Upstairs at Bamboo, Johannesburg
– Site, Carol Lee Fine Art / Upstairs at Bamboo, Johannesburg
– PPC Cement, 21-Year Celebration Exhibition & Auction, Grahamstown
– Getting there, curated by Platform on 18th and Front Room Art, Kievitskroon Country Estate, Pretoria
– Dialogue, Carol Lee Fine Art / Upstairs at Bamboo, Johannesburg
– Interface, Carol Lee Fine Art / Upstairs at Bamboo, Johannesburg

Artworks:

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 Fortune Cat(series)
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