Even as a child Michael Heyns liked to draw. He was particularly influenced by poems he studied and illustrated at primary school, which made a lasting impression on him. No doubt it was here that he became aware of the evocative power of the artist’s brush. His creative ability and insight enabled him to capture moods and convey these visually.
This South African artist attempts to interpret the world in relation to man. He does not have to be a protest artist in order to be relevant. The artist has many options besides illustrating social injustice. Michael chooses to depict his own experiences and concerns, and contributes to art essentially in terms of his empathetic commitment.
Although he does not often venture far from home, Michael is aware of the work achieved by fellow artists. All his impressions are stored in his remarkable photographic memory. The intensity and development in his work shows honesty and dedication.
Michael is fond of this quote from Tolstoy concerning art:
“Art is a human activity consisting of this that one man consciously, by means of certain external signs, hands on to others feelings he has lived through and that others are infected by these feelings and also experience them.”