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Stef Terblanche - "Isa's Dream"
Oil on Canvas
W: 1020mm x H: 760mm
This work is unframed
About "Isa's Dream"
Isa lived in a peaceful seaside village, always dreaming of faraway times and places. Her dreams were of peace, beauty and pleasure, yet in reality danger was always present. She shared with the ancient Greek goddess Athena the burden of representing industry, the arts, and wisdom on the one hand, and war on the other.
Originally established as a realist painter with a preference for landscapes and figure work, his more recent works contain more social, political and mythological undertones, often displaying an element of satire and fun within a slightly surrealist context. Simplicity of design and composition and the use of strong, bold colours giving a feeling of their warm, earthy African setting, mark the more recent works. Colour and the play of light, as well as a “traditional” attachment to the possibilities offered by paint, are important elements of his work. Noticeable in his work is the way he often suffuses his paintings with the strong, warm and relentless light found only on the African continent. The more recent paintings invariably contain figures frozen in the act of playing out life’s many intriguing dramas. They are frequently charged with intrigue, danger, passion, satire and all the other fascinating traits of human nature on the big stage of life. This too is reflected in his portrait work. While his more recent landscapes strongly refer to his current direction, his new landscapes - as in his older works - still reflect an intimate reaction to the people and places of South Africa, a reflection not only of the aesthetic content, but also the underlying sensation of time, emotion and experience...the human footprints that dot our physical and emotional landscape. He studied for a period at the Ruth Prowse School of Art in Cape Town but is otherwise largely self-taught. He has participated in numerous exhibitions since 1996 and has won several awards. He will accept commissions based on pre-quoted agreement.
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