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Art is the vocation of my life. Its my therapy. My God-given task. Art is, to me, also a communication process that I use to depict that which is beautiful in the form of messages or emotions. My paintings sometimes tell a story derived from my story-filled youth.
Mariette van Velden is a very versatile, self-taught painter. Her most recent works have a more symbolic nature.
Mariette works mainly on commissions and teaching painting, which includes technical demonstration lessons and outdoor-painting excursions. She also takes part in group exhibitions and has had number of solo exhibitions during the last couple of decades.
Commissions can be very challenging. At times, instructions are given merely via email and I have to create an imaginary picture from the story told. I then correspond with preparatory sketches before I start painting.
An example of such a commission came from a retired officer in the Scottish Regiment who asked for a depiction of A peaceful moment in the Bush War (2009). He wanted himself in the center of the scene and so sent me a photograph of his face. Another such example was a souvenir painting for an American general who returned home after a hunting expedition in Africa. The center point was formed around himself and the hunter and the background was a fictive scene in the Luangwa game reserve.
Mariette has recently taken on more political themes in two separate commissions, each done from documentary journalist photographs:
A disastrous scene of invasion in Palestine. (2009)
South Africa's victorious moment of political democracy in 1994. (2011)
COFFEE TABLE BOOK
In 1996 Mariette van Velden's Malawi was published, joined by the establishment of the (still growing and active) Titandizane Trust, as a fund-raising initiative for suffering aids orphans and widows in Malawi. The book contains scenes of (the now diminishing) rural Malawi and it's people, accompanied by a poetic text in English, Afrikaans and Chichewa.
Mariette's spiritual paintings have a more personal and symbolic approach:
To portray on canvas a spiritual experience or an interpretation from God's Word, is to me an opportunity to communicate what I find meaningful in life. Being a Christian believer brings forth a richness, almost another dimension of life I have to share these blessings.
Painting portraits remains a challenge, yet Mariette has often received requests to paint loved ones who have passed.
I'm very fond of Rembrandt van Rijns portraits; he is my painter- role model.
HOTEL & OFFICE PAINTINGS
Mariette has various hotel-and office commissions to her name. These are usually bound by a cohering theme. Such projects include a large series of wildlife scenes for two hotels in Lilongwe, Malawi (1988 -1989) and various spiritual works for a company in the Western Cape (current).
As a professional hunter and wildlife enthusiast I was very fortunate to cross paths with Mariette van Velden several years ago. Her vast knowledge and personal exposure to Africa and its enchanting ambiance had a direct influence on her portrayal of the continent's richness and beauty. Since 2002 Mariette has created African Wildlife masterpieces for my clients, mostly from the United States of America. One of my clients has more than 16 of Mariette's paintings which covers most of his office wall space in the Pentagon. He has been hunting with me for more than a decade and will not leave Africa without one of Mariette's visions of Africa.
Sy het die vermoe om die werlikheid in n kunswerk te omskep en daarmee die verlede te laat herleef in n nuwe gedaante . Om na Madiba te kyk op die balkon van die stadsaal in Kaapstad 21 jaar later in haar skildery lyk na n 'celebration' wat dit inderdaad was, maar vir baie wat mag sou afstaan tog onsekerheid gebring het.
Israel lyk bra skuldig in die skildery van die plat gebomde Palestynse Veiligheidshoofkwartier en die aangrensende tronk waarin gevangenis en oorlewendes met woede uit die puin triomfantlik wegstap net soos n toneel uit die Franse Rewolusie!
Om Michelangelo, Rembrandt en DaVinci se Mona Lisa in een enkele skildery op n moderne manier vas te vang wys op haar prettige sin vir die kuns wat ander verstom daarna laat staar.
nkoornhof at parliament
We are honored and proud to have Mariette van Velden listed on SouthAfricanArtists.com. She handled many commissions for us very professionally and gave clients exactly wat they wanted. No request was too difficult and were completed and shipped on time to delighted customers. Marina.Eilers at SouthAfricanArtists.com
Prints are available in the size chosen of the following: Camino impressions, Victory, Waterfront, "Nogtans sal ek Jubel"
Exhibiting from time to time in the Breytenbach centre in Wellington South Africa or at different wine estates in the Western Cape.
Bellville, Stellenbosch, Potchefstroom, Lilongwe, Blantyre yearly exhibitions in Malawi for diplomats and contract workers.
Mariette will consider an offer on the previous year's work.
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