Dietmar Wiening’s work is very distinctive. He has perfected the art of form simplification in his work by reducing his subject matter to essentials while retaining its intrinsic character. These are not the dull repetitions so often seen but vibrant statements with a life of their own. Some are pensive, some cheeky, others arrogant or combined in collective compositions and all having an intrinsic sculptural value that surpasses the mere illustrative solution.
Dietmar built his own foundry and is proud to cast all his work himself. He uses high quality bronze and casts in the lost wax procedure. He also uses the new, highly effective, ceramic shell technology. Dietmar’s bronzes can easily be identified by his eye-catching mounting techniques and enhancing patinas which imbue his works with life and colour.
His sculptures range from a cute little long-nosed butterfly fish, a mean mako shark, a prehistoric coelacanth and a bizarre lionfish to a life-size sailfish. Being a keen scuba diver and having dived at the Great Barrier Reef, Dietmar finds it of benefit for his work to study, film and photograph his subjects above and below the water.
Artwork Top: Macaw
Artwork Above: Mirror Fish Head
A dedicated conservationist, Dietmar made the following statement: “I am very concerned about the conservation of all wildlife, especially my beloved birds and marine life. It is so devastating to see the world’s rivers and dams becoming more and more polluted. The whole world is using the oceans and lakes as a dumping ground for toxic waste and plastic. It is hard to believe that man is slowly but surely wiping out all of the beautiful creatures on this planet. Soon our children will not have the chance to see many wildlife species alive at all. As an artist, I have an urge to capture the beauty of all our endangered animals so that they may ‘live’ forever in my sculptures”.
From his balcony, with a telescope and binoculars, Dietmar is able to study almost all the birds he chooses to sculpt. These range from wild geese, herons, spoonbills and kingfishers to hornbills and even an occasional fish eagle.
Dietmar Wiening Gallery a is a treat not to be missed, hanging on a cliff along the Crocodile River situated in the “Cradle of Humankind” as well as the