About Mark Swart

 Celebrated South African sculptor Mark Swart, kindly donated an African teak and stainless steel sculpture to the HYF Foundation for a fundraiser held in London recently. ‘I am honored to donate Mark Swart’s sculpture ‘Wave’, from the HYF art stable, to the Chairman of the Adopt-A-School Foundation, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa. The art piece, generously donated by Mark, traveled with me to London and was auctioned at the 2015 Adopt-A-School Foundation London fundraiser held at the Inter Continental Park Lane Hotel on Thursday, 28 May 2015. Mark Swart has given expression to this purely abstract sculpture called ‘Wave’. The connotation that an idea has the potential to conquer like a wave in the ocean – determined, powerful and strong, symbolising a future of opportunity and prosperity. Says Mark: ‘My work is a process of form reaching towards beauty.

Whether it being design, sculptural, architectural or functional. The design philosophy is simple: form follows function, using only the essential lines to define the object, it’s about how form presents itself, the message it conveys and the feelings that it calls forth. By giving my sculptures a title, I am giving them life, opening channels to communicate their story to the observer. The sculpture and all its stories can co-exist without needing explanation from its creator. Steel is often perceived as a hard, cold, strong and unyielding material and often it evokes that same emotion.

I express other qualities of metal by stretching the physical plasticity of the material which enhances the image and conveys the emotional message of the sculpture.I have a keen interest in the natural oxidation process of steel and the visual qualities that this adds to the material, but also like applying colour which adds a different dimension and speaks its own language.The idea within each piece usually dictates how the medium is best used to the ends of communicating a feeling. In my current work there are a few different veins of exploration. I am not following strict constringent themes but sometimes rather use the material to express itself through the medium. My work is to create a balance between the spiritual and the physical world – through my thoughts, words and deeds, a process of uniting imagination and sensation with physical matter.

Mark Swart