John Olivier Klynsmith:  Jeweller, sculptor, artist and member of the Society of Designers in South Africa.  John arrived in South Africa from Kenya in 1959.  He studied art at the Durban University of Technology and ancient civilization at the University of Natal.  He completed his apprenticeship as a jeweller, designer and craftsman in 1969 and continued to work a number of years with a well renowned jeweller.  

In 1977 John started his own business in Durban called John Klynsmith Studio and has since then hosted 44 exhibitions at various galleries in South African and internationally over the past 30 years.  John relocated to Johannesburg during 1988 for a number of years and later established his roots in the beautiful City of Cape Town. 

John is a true master craftsman, continuously designing and producing original commissioned pieces as well as creating exclusive jewellery, sculptors and sculptural graphics for his clients and future exhibitions.

The essence of his creativity is a sinuous, sensual curved line found in each of his designs.  He favors a more natural movement, whether these lines are used in realistic depictions of natural forms, or abstract shapes evoking an organic vitality.

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"There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents,
the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love.
When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age. "
-Sophia Loren

"Your time is limited, so don't waste it by living someone else s life. Don't be trapped by a dogma, which is living with the results of other peoples thinking. Don't let the noise of others opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary."

- Don't live anybodies life but your own and follow your heart and intuition. -

"In most peoples vocabularies , design means veneer. Its interior decorating, its the fabric of the curtains and sofa. To design is a fundamental soul of a man-made creation that ends up expressing itself in successive outer layer of the product or service."

No 1 Twin Rivers, Jan Smuts Avenue, Irene, Centurion, Gauteng

River Meadow Manor commissioned John Klynsmith in April 1999 to sculpt an old blue-gum trunk in the
garden south of the manor.

John conceptualised The Legend of Fangorn for this purpose and has been working on a sculpture
of almost 20m tall on weekends and holidays.