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Oil on Canvas
W: 1500mm x H: 300mm x D: 25mm
W: 59" x H: 12" x D: 1"
Approx. Weight: 1.97kg
This work is
Inspired by a photo shoot with the model holding a designed silk cloth blowing in the wind. The background represents the wind, atmosphere and energy around the figure.
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I was born on 1 January 1967 in the Free State, South Africa. I matriculated from Welkom High School in 1984. I studied fine arts from 1985 to 1987 at the Vaal University of Technology and Tshwane University of Technology.
I'm a full-time freelance fine artist, scenic artist, illustrator and 2D digital animator. I do commissions and collaboration in oil and acrylic painting, scenic painting, illustration, and 2D digital animation.
In my figurative paintings I try to capture the moment to the best of my ability, whether it be a thought, emotion or atmospheric feeling. These scenes of everyday life are taken from photographs I have captured in my surroundings. This moment I leave to the viewer to interpret. As each interpretation might be different, I believe each to be true.
Since 2003 I have exhibited my work in South Africa, and in the same year received my first international exposure with the help of SouthAfricanArtists.com online gallery. I exhibited work in Munich and Hof, in Germany (2005 - 2006). Since then I gained support from several buyers in the UAE, Europe, America and South Africa.
I furthered my scenic experience while working in Dubai on the IBN Battuta shopping mall (2004 and 2006), a sculpture project for the Dubai Municipality horse museum (2007) and mural work at the Dubai IMG Worlds of Adventure indoor theme park (2016). In Johannesburg I worked on a scenic project for Monte Casino's East-End Teatro (2007) and created backdrops for television adverts at Golden Island Studios (2013).
Since 2010, as a self taught animator, I received contract work to create a short film for a SABC documentary and animation collaboration projects for corporation info-graphic material. In 2013 I received a first place award for a medical animation competition for the Iheed institute.
I continue to create animated shorts, as well as illustrated and animated poems. My search for new ideas and experimentation with new techniques, styles and media is ongoing.
Awards and Competitions: 2012 Vuleka competition, SA Art Times Merit Award. Iheed Animation 1st place Award, Oct. 2013.
Sanlam Vuleka Exhibition, 2003
Sanlam Vuleka Exhibition, 2004
Obz Art Walk, 2003
SoulPIE Exhibition - 38 Special Art Gallery, Cape Town,2003
Aroma Cafe, Loop street, Cape Town, 2003
Granny Feel Goods, Main Road, Green Point Cape Town, 2003
'Picasso' Red art gallery, Steenburg village, Tokai, 2003
Strada restaurant, Munich, 2005/2006
Koenig Bistro, Munich, 2006
Hof Christmas market, Germany, 2006
The Studio art gallery, Clarens, 2007
Richard Renni gallery, Clarens, 2007
Solo Exhibition,Spirit, The Arts Association of Bellville, Cape Town, 2008
'My Country, My Land', Hyde Park Gallery, Johannesburg, 2009
'Green,Organic,Nature,Nurture', Hyde Park,Jhb. Food and Trees for Africa, 2009
'Gallery On The Side' Four Ways, Johannesburg, 2010/2014
Sanlam Vuleka Exhibition, 2012, Merit award
2nd Annual Group Miniature Exhibition, Art Lovers 1932 Gallery, 9 May 2013
In celebration of Portugal Day, Group Exhibition, Art Lovers 1932, 8 June 2013
Don't let that Horse, Ode to Chagall, Group Exhibition, Art Lovers 1932, 25 June 2013
Turbine Art Fair, Johannesburg 2013
Art Lovers 1932 - Erotica group exhibition 19 Sept to 2 Oct.
Art Lovers 1932 - Mixed Media Duo exhibition with Johan van Staden in conjunction with Gordon Froud - Alice in Wonderland group exhibition, 3 Oct. to 16 Oct. 2013
The Alfred Mall Gallery, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, 2014
Gallery On The Side Four Ways, Johannesburg, 2014
Pretoria Art Association members exhibition, 2016
Annual Group Miniature Exhibition, Art Lovers 1932 Gallery, 2017
Solo exhibition, Moments, Trent gallery, Pretoria, 20 April 2018
Fine Arts - Gauteng
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