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Heyns, Michael

Even as a child Michael Heyns liked to draw. He was particularly influenced by the poems he studied and illustrated at primary school. He came across Ikebana in a series published on Japan and was impressed by the simplicity and 'silences' evoked by this style.

He studied art at the Pretoria Technikon and attended practical art classes at the University of Pretoria. He also received the SA Arts Association's New Signatures award for his painting Seetoneel. His first one-man exhibition was held the following year.

Michael's distinctive paint application, sometimes wet layers on dry paint, pale colours on a dark background and subtle shades of colour have become distinguishing features of his work. His use of colour is expensive and evocative, stimulating awareness.