Leap of Faith
Oil on Canvas,
Leap of Faith
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Oil on Canvas
W: 260mm x H: 510mm x D: 10mm
W: 10" x H: 20" x D:
Approx. Weight: 0.4kg
This work is
pig, swimming pool, humour, oil
About "Leap of Faith"
I love to explore the unexpected.This is a scenario that would hardly happen in real life - who expects a pig to leap off a diving board into a suburban pool?
It also represents diving into the deep end of life, in other words just trusting your instinct and going for it - knowing all will be well in the end. The pig jumps off eagerly - he is not afraid. This work is related to an earlier work called "Piggy Dreams".
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There is sometimes a quirky sense of humour to my work, I like creating scenarios you would not see in real life that let you wonder about them. I like to show there is beauty in the mundane and the everyday. I am more likely to portray a humble pig than a proud lion, a simple rock rather than a grand vista. Every painting has a story and has meant something to me.
My family and I immigrated to South Africa from the UK in the 70[0x1]s, where we have lived ever since. I love South Africa and I love living here and I can[0x1]t imagine living anywhere else. Growing up here, art became my favourite subject at school, I won the art prize one year and I dreamed of becoming a famous artist.
I went on to study Fine Art at Wits University, majoring in Painting.
After graduating, despite having two works chosen for the end of year student exhibition and also winning a merit award in a national competition, I told myself that art and making money don[0x1]t go together, so I pursued a career in other things and dabbled in art for a long, long time. After years of excuses and promises that I would one day go back to art, I finally found myself back where I belong.
I now take myself seriously as an artist and want to share my art with the world.
1988 - Fine arts Degree University of the Witwatersrand majoring in painting.
1987 - Got two works chosen for the annual student exhibition in the Getrude Posel Gallery.
1987 - Received a merit award New Signatures exhibition in Pretoria.
After this I left the art world [0x1] let[0x1]s call it low self esteem and a belief that artists live impoverished lives.
All the work on here was done in the last few months except for one. All my early work is in private collections except for three which I refused to part with.
New Signatures - Pretoria
Gertrude Posel Gallery group exhibition - Wits
BA Fine Art - University of Witwatersrand
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