Light and Dark – Art from SouthAfricanArtists.com!

by Kath Dawson

This weekend marked the equinox – the transition between the light and dark halves of the year. Looking back and giving thanks for what we have had, that which has nourished us and filled our hearts, fuelled our passions and stirred our spirits and looking forward too with hope and anticipation of what is yet to come our way.

So our theme for this time is shadows and light and some wonderful South African art from the site that takes us on a journey between these realms…

We’re here to help and if you need any assistance or guidance in making your selection, our team is only an email or phone call away to help you pick out just the right piece.

This small selection of artists featured here might whet your appetite for a new addition to your home or office space:


"Raindance"
by Pieter Vermaak

Human forms emerge from eerie blue backgrounds like prisoners straining to find form and purpose. There is a haunting beauty in the figures surrounded in a halo of mystical light. In some works such as "Victory", the human form is barely recognisable yet an air of achievement pervades the painting. Occasionally the figures appear without all their limbs – reminiscent of ancient Greek statues, they entice the viewer into their drama. "Entering at Night" has a Surreal melancholy about it which draws the viewer inwards to see his own psyche mirrored in the figure and in its reflection one finds great beauty.

"Hope"
by Ria van den Heever

Ria van den Heever’s "Hope", rich in symbolism and comprising aspects of the dark and the light, really calls out to the viewer. Offering questions and answers it is not a lightweight piece to be hang looking pretty on your wall, rather a work that demands you think, provoking study and close inspection. It’s unlikely you would ever tire of scraping back its layers and the personal meanings it holds for you.


"The lone gemsbok"
by Terrence Kruger

Kruger states "The ability of the Gemsbok to survive in desert conditions has always fascinated me. I find the high dunes of Sossus vlei an interesting backdrop to one of nature’s best examples of adaptation." This beautiful piece so clearly shows light and shadow and also portrays the journey of a solitary soul in a vast desert – a metaphor for our own lives, evocative and stirring of the imagination.


"Movement"
by Beau Van Zyl

"Movement" by Beau van Zyl is another fine piece that plays with themes of light combined with movement and contrast of textures. The brilliance of the oil illuminates areas of the painting expertly and the equine curves that abound give softness yet agility to the overall work. What does it say to you?

" Inspiration is highly overrated. If you sit around and wait for the clouds to part, it’s not liable to ever happen. More often than not work is salvation. "
– Chuck Close

New Artists

We have talented new artists coming on the site all the time and in recent weeks we have welcomed the following who have already listed a number of excellent works:

Karen Velissariou
Susan Tabor
Inge Zelewitz
Hester Correia
Jennefer Mumford
Jo Marais
Mike Jonker
Tamaryn Futter
Terrence Kruger
Annalene Kinghorn
Talya Goldberg

" Poor is the pupil who does not surpass his master. "
– Leonardo da Vinci

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