We’re very chuffed to show off our striking mosaic door at Nando’s Central Kitchen Welcome Centre! The door was conceptualised and designed by Tracy Lynch, Creative Director of the Nando’s Design Programme. The door is based on an original artwork by Henk Serfontein, which was then translated into ceramic by the Spier Arts Academy ceramic studio.
This enormous artwork measures 2.65m high and 2m wide and we believe it makes a great impression when guests visit us.
Henk was born in 1971 and is an award-winning artist who first came to prominence with his hyperreal paintings of nightscapes, featuring the marginal, transitory spaces of South Africa.
Over the past decade, he has explored similar themes through abstract works. This piece is part of his Maputo Abstracts series, which was inspired by his trip to Mozambique, arranged by Nando’s in partnership with Spier Arts Trust and Tracy Lynch.
In these works, he relies heavily on confrontative colour as invoked by the ubiquitous Mozambican capulanas – popular wax-printed cloths. His geometric compositions echo the art deco lines of Mozambican city’s buildings and ceramics.
Another of Henk’s large-scale works (at 10m2) can be found at Nando’s Soho in the UK, which was also produced in collaboration with Spier Arts Academy.
Henk holds a degree in Fine Art (cum laude) from the Tshwane University of Technology (1997) and studied at the Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris, France (1997-1999). He has lectured art at tertiary level, adjudicated national art competitions and is an accomplished curator of exhibitions.
In 2017, Henk took part in the 1-54 Fair in London, with Nando’s. Here’s a video where he introduces his studio and muses on his inspiration: