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In kindergarten my friends complained to the teacher that I did not want to play with them but rather play with clay! The only thing that has changed is the medium I work in...
I started out my art career, making paper Mache sculptures and naïve paintings on paper. Later, I started using recycled paper on canvas to build up relief details on some of my paintings. This led to a very unique technique.
I am entirely self-taught I have always enjoyed doing my art in a naïve style. I love the childlike innocence, humor, pure joy and bright colors. This is art that does not lie and almost always brings a smile to people’s faces…
Adele Bantjes was born in 1976, Roodepoort, Gauteng, South Africa and began painting after completing High school in the picturesque little town Zastron in the South Eastern Free State.
She is a full time artist and has dedicated herself entirely to Naïve Art.
She works on both canvas and paper in mixed media. Some of her art is done in a low relief.
She has exhibited widely within South Africa and showcased her work internationally in Naïve art exhibitions in Katowice, Poland and Jerusalem, Israel.
Her work is found in private and corporate collections throughout South Africa and Internationally in United Kingdom, Ireland, Switzerland, Holland, Australia and USA.
She currently moved from the Dinokeng game reserve in Gauteng to Kleinmond in the beautiful Overberg area of the Western Cape, where she creates her artworks from her studio at home…
McDonald’s iconic fry box:
From 500 artists from all over the world 24 artists were asked to do a design celebrating the 2014 Fifa World Cup. Adele’s design ‘Heart of the Game` was chosen to be featured on one of the12 limited edition fry boxes…. Adele`s design was selected for its universal appeal to all ages and cultures, with attention to the storytelling nature that she brought out in the piece or art...
Publications:Beeld; September 2014; Pretoria Rekord ,July 2014; Joburgwest Getit, May 2011; Dinokeng Game reserve News, July 2011; Volksblad 1999
Exhibitions: Grahamstown Art festival, ABSA L’atelier, Centurion Art Gallery, Alice Art Gallery, Unlimited Art Gallery, Galleria Szyb Wilson in Katowice Poland at the Naïve art festival and The Naïve light over Jerusalem art festival in Israel, MUSÉE INTERNATIONAL D’ART NAÏF DE MAGOG in canada
Publications: Joburgwest Getit, May 2011; Dinokeng Game reserve News, July 2011; Volksblad 1999
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