Niemann, Hennie (1941 – )
Hennie Niemann was born in Bloemfontein in 1941. He attended school and university in the same
city, here he qualified as a teacher. In 1983 he started a career as a professional artist. His approach is
strongly influenced by the character and mood of the subject matter he is portraying.
Hennie gets his inspiration from the local environment. He paints farm labourers harvesting wheat or
picking fruit, fynbos pickers collecting bouquets of indigenous flowers and fisher folk sorting their catch.
These outdoor scenes are depicted in strong sun colours, giving expression to the African sunlight and
the buzz of activity.
He works mainly in oils and sometimes uses pastels over the oils in mixed media on paper. This creates a
softer subtler finish when painting interior scenes. Paintiongs using this technique are some of Hennie’s
most beautiful work, portraying his wife and daughter – his two favourite models. His work can be found
in various public and private collections.
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