Otter Trail - South Africa
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Otter Trail - South Africa
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Oil on Board
Water soluble oil paint
W: 760mm x H: 610mm x D: 4mm
W: 30" x H: 24" x D:
Approx. Weight: 1.5kg
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About "Otter Trail - South Africa"
The first day's walk on the famed Otter trail - the rocks surrounding a tidal pool at Ncgubu hut with the sun leaving you with great memories and aching muscles.
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Inspiration is Southern Africa, mainly the Namib desert and everywhere else the Good Lord causes sunshine and shadow. Subject matter has been collected from Camping trips with a camera over a period of almost 50 years and subsequently filed and referenced on the computer, with all work being done from the computer screen without any distracting bugs and elements.
The original emotional reaction to the particular wonder of Creation never diminishes and remains the main inspiration, even for studio work, which in the end only produces a subjective visual experience open to the individual observer's interpretation. I paint what I see and not what others like to see as Eduard Manet described our experience.
Born in Namibia in 1946 I could not escape the stimulus of mostly raw nature on my doorstep and six years in Johannesburg with the national airline in a technical position did nothing to diminish this passion, resulting in a transfer back to Windhoek Namibia as a Line Station Supervisor at the first opportunity. Apart from some evening classes, I studied whatever examples of the masters I could find and Sargent, Russell Flint, Ken Howard, Richard Schmid with local masters such as Pierneef, Wenning, Gwelo Goodman, Nico Roos, Johannes Blatt and Adolph Jentsch providing the inspiration and technical examles. The defining moment was when all these influences were distilled into a personal style, influenced mainly by one's own reaction to a personal experience or as Kandinsky remarked: ' the only law for the artist must be his own inner necessity to make visible the inner core of his own being.'
1981 Standard Bank Art Competition
1981 AMA Gallery with Inge Wansleben-Fellhuber and Elizabeth Opperman
1982 AMA Gallery Standard Bank Competition Winners
1983 Standard Bank Art Competition
1984 AMA Gallery Windhoek / Save the Jetty Swakopmund
1985 Stanswa Biennale
1987 Stanswa Biennale
1988 SWA/Namibia – Art Today , Group exhibition
1989 Stanswa Biennale
1989 Cancer Association Group Exhibition
1994 Cancer Association Group Exhibition
1996 Cancer Association Group Exhibition
2005 Woermannhaus with Hendrik Venter
2012 Namibian Tourism Expo Solo exhibition
Hobby Horse Swakopmund 1990 – 2009
The Art Gallery Swakopmund since 2011
Mostly Self taught
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