Archive for May, 2008

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Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

We’ve sailed past a couple of major milestones in the last few weeks. First we saw the 25,000th work uploaded to the site (though this seems to have only upped the pace and we’re now half way on towards hitting 30,000). Then just last week we were really pleased to list our 2,000th artist, please extend a warm welcome to Jill Kelly !

We appreciate that with this choice comes something of a challenge to customers to find exactly what you’re after and we’re working hard on enhancing the search and selection tools on the site as well as assisting the artists to make sure that all works are categorised and keyworded effectively. If you do need further help then you can call or email us and we would be very happy to assist you in your selection.
We’ve picked a triad of inspiring works below to get you started and as you delve deeper you’ll find all manner of superb art and imagery within¬†our online art¬†galleries.

by Alix Carmichele

The theme of a lighthouse is not new, but handled superbly by the photographer, this work takes on a unique look. Black and white, with only the lighthouse retaining red, it is a powerful work, both symbolically and compositionally. Through the wild furious storm, the lighthouse becomes a symbol of resurrection helping us find the way back to the calm, enhanced by the dove balancing on its top. Does the theme of being the strength against the storm inspire you? Then this work will surely do so to.

"Rain falls on a leopards skin…"
by Gary Frier

Looking for something quirky and uniquely African in feel? This wonderfully colourful print of a leopard clutching onto its kill is sure to delight. The work is part of a series illustrating African folk tales and of the artists’s varied styles, is the one that I personally find the most pleasing. It would look great in an ethnic African type room or if you’re feeling generously inclined towards your offspring, it would be fun in a child’s bedroom.

"At Play in the Riverbed"
by Jenny Regan

A mother hyena lies with her cubs in the coolness of a dry riverbed. She gazes attentively and protectively at her offspring. It’s unusual to see hyenas, so often despised as the rats of the mammal world, given such a place of importance in a work. Yet there is clearly admiration for her role from the artist and lovers of wildlife will be drawn to the work, which is skillfully depicted in traditional oils.

" Every good painter paints what he is. "
– Jackson Pollock

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:

  • Maggie Strachan
  • Johan Opperman
  • Charl le Roux
  • Miq Miles
  • Maristha Schellink
  • Brigitte Berg
  • Murray Jacklin
  • Gerart
  • Cheryl Venter
  • Melanie Venter
  • Annick Laita
  • Stephanie Bester
  • Uys de Jager
  • Valencia van Zyl
  • Anthony Evans
  • Heather de Wit
  • Alta Schrenk
  • Joshua Khala
  • Nini Potgieter
  • Sonnet Flynn
  • Maretha Kritzinger
  • Kotie Kritzinger
  • Jill Kelly
  • Tanya Niermans
  • Lizelle Botha
  • " Don’t pay any attention to what they write about you. Just measure it in inches. "
    - Andy Warhol