DU TOIT SCULPTURE

"A bystander asked an equestrian sculptor how he did it.
The sculptor replied: I just chip away everything that does not look like a horse"  - Unknown

Karel is a hands-on sort of guy. His fingers literally play sculptural music with clay, as they knead and shape, and “thumb” and pinch. A magical process in which very few and only rudimentary tools are employed. This is the creative process that he calls “a visual distillation of the subject, until only its most potent essence remains”. Interpreting that essence into a three-dimensional sculpture has seen him create works varying from the most intricate woodcarvings of birds, to elaborate life-sized bronze sculptures of South African wildlife. The expansive range of his versatility has also resulted in impressions of the human form, employing a variety of mediums in their execution. Bronze is clearly the vehicle through which his individual style of expressiveness fluently translates.

Karels’ sculptures are cast by Renzo Vignali artistic foundry, the oldest of its kind in Southern Africa. Using the cire perdue (lost wax) method, the pure mastery of fine craftsmanship brings the pieces to life, only awaiting a careful fettling and finishing of the raw casting. Like a fine artist approaching a primed canvas, Karel formulates and concocts his patinas to compliment each piece, carefully taking light and shade into consideration. All works are both limited and signed editions, rarely numbering more than nine castings per work. The K.du Toit signature is becoming recognized amongst art dealers and collectors alike, indicating a sound basis for investing in this vast resource of talent.

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Knysna Loerie 57cm tall

Bronze life-size Knysna Loerie 57cm tall

Knysna Loerie 57cm tall

Bronze life-size Knysna Loerie 57cm tall

Knysna Loerie 57cm tall

Bronze life-size Knysna Loerie 57cm tall

Meerkats

Bronze Meerkats

Flat-Necked Chameleon

Commissioned bronze flat-necked chameleon

Flat-necked chameloen

Commissioned bronze flat-necked chameleon

Egret

Bronze Egret 40cm tall

Egret

Bronze Egret 40cm tall

Tortoises
Lifesize Cheetah 2
Cheetah edition of 2 - 500mm tall
Hippo
Life-size Bush Babies
Life-Size Bush Baby
Life-Size Genet
Life-Size Genet
Life-Size Genet
Mongoose
Mongoose
Cheetah
Cheetah
Cheetah
Cheetah Head
Cheetah
Pygmy Kingfisher
Pied Kingfisher
Wiseguy
Pair of Cheetahs
Mr. Hopper
Chico meets his match..
(Babysitter) Meerkat
Bronze Guineafowl with chicks
Blue Duiker
Teetering on the edge of anarchy
Spike
Oh my Darwin!
Hog
- Pied Kingfisher
Bat Eared fox small
Pygmy Kingfisher. Bronze unique
Rudolf, Rhino. Bronze limited edition of 11
Blue Duiker, the reclusive 'phantom' of the Knysna Forest. Bronze limited edition of 9
Surricate, a.k.a Meerkat. Bronze limited edition of 11
Bronze Giraffe, Edition of 7
Gerald, Guinea Fowl. Bronze limited edition of 15
African Elephant. Bronze limited edition of 11
Spike, Giant Kingfisher. Bronze limited edition of 7
Jerome, Cape White-Eye, Bronze limited edition of 11
Herbert, African Hoopoe. Bronze limited edition of 9
Gordon, Warthog, Bronze limmited edition of 15
Cape Clawless Otter. Bronze limited edition of 3
Seymore the Seahorse in Wild Olive & Pink Ivory
Micheal - Malachite Kingfisher in Zebra Wood
Daphne - Double Collared Sunbird in Wild Olive & Mopani
Malachite Kingfisher on reeds in Wild Olive, Red Ivory, Stinkwood & brass
A couple of ducks
Jemima puddle duck - White backed duck in Wild Olive
Lou Reed - Knysna Loerie in Wild Olive
Helmut - Helmeted Guineafowl in Wild Olive
Horace - African Hoopoe in Wild Olive
Howard - Hottentiot Teal in Wild Olive
Mr. Brown - Brown Hoosed Kingfishger in Wild Olive & Mopani
Mr White - Whitefaced Whistling Duck in Wild Olive
Mildred - Malachite Kingfisher in African Zebrano
Pigmy Kingfisher in Wild Olive
Steve & Seamus - Knysna Seahorses in Wild Olive
Wayne - Southern Right Whale in Wild Olive
Sheila - Sunbird in Zebra Wood