Jean Doyle at Work in her bronze foundry in Cape Town

Jean Doyle has had numerous solo exhibitions and has taken part in many group exhibitions. Her work is in private collections all over the world.

Her public and corporate commissions include the statue “Just Nuisance” in Jubilee Square Simonstown, a bust of the founder of Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, as well as memorial sculptures to many corporate chairmen. Jean has recently completed one of Angola’s National Monuments. This magnificent bronze stands 9 meters high and weighs 8 tons.

Jean is a member of the South African Institute of Foundrymen. The ancient art of casting by the lost wax method (cire perdue) is incorporated with modern ceramic shell techniques. All the work is cast by the Doyle Art Foundry, which opened in 1980. The artist is thus able to work in close collaboration with the skilled and experienced foundry technicians to create her marvellous and satisfying bronzes

Jean Doyle’s work is renowned all over the world and her veneration of the fuller female figure has become a trademark of her work as well as a tool for social commentary. Her work is an investigation into the character of woman. The woman is presented as bold, capable and confident. Her body is as bounteous as her beauty. She lacks nothing. Her self-image remains intact and indifferent to fashionable trends. She exudes resilience, strength and warmth.

These bronze sculptures exhibits the diversity of the cultural heritage of our land. Our rich mythological tradition is interwoven with normal daily activity. It is a delicious and sumptuous presentation.