Jean Doyle is one of South Africa’s leading sculptors. She integrates images of Africa with the influences of European culture. Her resulting work, beautifully crafted in silicone bronze, is stunning both in its attention to detail and its vibrancy. Her imagination often belies a revolutionary spirit and razor sharp wit.
Jean has sculpted for over thirty years and started her own foundry, one of the first of its kind in Cape Town. Her husband, Michael, has a natural affinity to working with metals and has the technical insights required to cast world-class sculptures.
In 2006, Jean was chosen by the South African Government to craft a larger-than-lifesize bronze statue of Nelson Mandela to commemorate his release from prison. She was then honoured to be joined by Mandela himself at the unveiling. Towering and powerful, this lasting tribute to a remarkable man took Jean and her team over three months to create from design to casting and finishing. In September 2013 an exact replica of this statue was unveiled in Washington D.C., the first statue of Mandela to grace the United States. It occupies a position across the street from an equally imposing statue of British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill.
Earlier in 2013, Jean was presented with a Lifetime Achievement award as one of South Africa’s most influential women. Her work continues to achieve international attention and her output, even as she approaches her seventieth birthday, remains as creative, prolific and stunning as ever!