Hailing from Pretoria, artist Charl Enslin studied Graphic Design. As a creative, he realised his interests were in fine arts, and he enrolled at the Open Window Art Academy to pursue his passion. During this time of exposure to all the different art modules, Charl chose to specialise in sculpture and graduated with a Diploma in Sculpture and invaluable experience working in several professional artists’ private studios.
The desire to create art has been with Charl for as long as he can recall. The urge to construct objects with figurative and abstract found objects and other steels has inspired Charl to create unique art with limitless imagination.
Growing up amongst a family of tradesmen, Charl had the privilege of being exposed to woodwork, joinery, blacksmithing and boiler making.
Nelson Mandela once said that education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world. Life-long learning is naturally instilled in Charls approach to his work as a sculptor, metalsmith and blacksmith. He is continuously curious about modernising his craft and updating his skillset.
What sets Charl Enslin apart is grasping the impact of education, knowledge and skills and his passion for professional and personal improvement as an artisanal blacksmith and artist.
Charl’s designs are influenced by the history and story of past objects he works with. ” I get inspired to create when I explore the history of the materials I am working with and the process they will be going through.”
His passion is forging metal with natural elements and creating symbolic pieces that evoke emotions, awaken the soul and connect with our imaginations.
” If I can create something that opens the mind to different views, sparking conversations and seeing the world from different perspectives, then I feel successful.”
Remaining true to the craft, Charl practises traditional blacksmithing, honouring the artisanal heritage.
Charl works on a wide variety of commissions, ranging from architectural projects to sculptures for private collections. Charl works from his private studio and forgery in Melkbostrand in Cape Town.