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Maureen Quin
( 1934 - )     

By Andries Loots 
17 September 2000

The artist Maureen Quin

100 KM beyond Port Elizabeth nestles a small village called Alexandria and it is here that one of South Africa's best known sculptors, Maureen Quin and husband Etienne settled. 

At 5 Suid Street the house is situated in the one corner of a lush garden  with a permanent display of works spanning her life as a sculptor. At  the other end is the viewing room and well equipped studio were most of her creations come to " life ". This is open to the public. 

This is where  Maureen is currently working on a one and a half life size  commission for Sun International's new Cape Town Casino. Maureen submitted a maquette for the competition that was open to all sculptors and her work was selected by an independent committee. The sculpture group is of three " Cape Minstrels " dancing and the one playing his music instrument.  The sculpture will be unveiled in November and will form the center piece to the entrance of the New Casino in Goodwood,  Cape Town. 

Sun International's Commission

Maureen was born in 1934 in the district of  Bloemfontein and after she finished her high school education did a diploma in fine arts, sculpture,  Technical College of Durban in 1955. She followed this up with a post gradate course in sculpture at the Goldsmith College of Art in London. In 1987 she spent three months at the Cite des Artes in Paris and in 1990 was awarded the silver medal for her contribution to sculpture in South Africa by the University of Pretoria.

She has had more than 40 solo exhibitions and participated in three retrospective exhibitions throughout South Africa. She has numerous  public commissions to her credit and her work is represented in all the major collections in South Africa. 

The Chase I Hunter

Maureen and Etienne recently decided to venture into the electronic medium to help them with their marketing and to show her work to the rest of the world and is currently working on her own personalized website. For further information the artist can be contacted at :

site :  www.quin-art.co.za
e-mail :  quin@intekom.co.za
Tel / Fax :  + 27 46 6530121