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Heloise De Beer - "San Grandfather"
Acrylic on Canvas
W: 510mm x H: 760mm x D: 18mm
Approx. Weight: 1.5kg
This work is unframed
Bushmen of the Kalahari
About "San Grandfather"
In the photograph, he just had the saddest eyes! His face speaks of years of hardship, and he's smiling, but his eyes are still sad! I love it when a painting has a little story attached to it (even though I make up my own sometimes)- and this is not only portraying friendliness, but also a lifetime of brutal, hard, trying-to-live existence and experience. I hope I've captured some of it when I painted him.
I've been drawing since I was quite young and people encouraged me to go on, which was very good, because young children tend to stop drawing at about 10 years of age. So, after school I did stop drawing/painting and only started again by going for lessons privately a long time afterwards, and eventually ended up going to Ruth Prowse School of Art for refreshment. I went on doing fabric painting professionally and sold quite a few African stuff to overseas buyers through a shop. A few years ago started with oils and eventually tried acrylics, now I do not want to go back to oils, I like painting with acrylics so much. I love faces. I like to paint people too. I also really love colours and to paint realistically. Abstract art, unless it evokes an emotion in me with the use of colour, I don't understand fully - I just like it when any painting 'speaks' to you. So, I guess, realistic art in most forms appeals to me, especially accompanied by bright, vibrant colours - I just love it when a painting 'jumps' out at you!
Exhibited at Hogsback "Christmas in July" festival recently and sold some paintings there.
Matriculated, and studied (later) at Ruth Prowse School of Art.
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