(1931 – 2015)
Hennie was born in Tzaneen in 1931. He showed signs of a love for art as a young boy in the Tzaneen-district, and he even started painting. He earned his money as a road-worker driving bull dozers. Later the need to paint urged him to stay busy in his studio. He never attended a single art class in his life, and had no art tuition of any kind. Everything that he delivered was pure talent.
His house and paradise-garden in Klerksdorp tells a little bit of what goes on in his head, and what is clear in his art: his love for nature. Of his most popular work include still-life of copper and flowers, especially cosmos and sunflowers. He also delivered masterpieces of landscapes, animal studies and architecture.
As soon as he saw the painting in his mind’s eye, he walked into his studio and painted until the picture was finished. Hennie painted everything.
The shy school boy from Tzaneen, and later the road worker from the Free State’s works are highly collectable these days, and the prices are going up on auctions. Griesel’s magnificent works can be seen in houses and offices all over Taiwan, USA, Israel and France. A must for any art collection.