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Adele is an Artist with SouthAfricanArtists.com based in South Africa.
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 lives on the Dinokeng Game Reserve where she has her home studio. At the moment she is busy working on ideas for Afrikaans children stories, and doing paintings in acrylics on paper…
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.
Publications: Joburgwest Getit, May 2011; Dinokeng Game reserve News, July 2011; Volksblad 1999
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