African Themes from SouthAfricanArtists.com – July 2008

by admin

It shouldn’t go without saying that the raw energy of Africa, for any of have set foot upon the continent, is palpable. You can travel all over the world and you will not find anything with the same feel to it. It is as standing where Mother Earth gives birth – it is alive, vibrating, clear, dangerous – every sensation that takes us back to our beginnings. It defies us to tame it, if we were to even be so naive as to contemplate it.

This time our selection draws from this primeval energy and brings a small selection of works which connect us to the spirits of Africa.

Try these out for size:


"Elephant at Sunset, Chobe"

by Dane Willers

Dane is a truly talented landscape painter and his works are consistently popular on SouthAfricanArtists.com.

In this piece he superbly captures the scene at sunset which evokes in all who see it the sounds and smells hanging in the warm evening air.

He works tirelessly in the subject areas he loves and gives so much back into the community. These are works of the highest quality.

Benjamin is another artist with whom we have worked for many years and whose works now adorn walls all around the world.

His style, as exemplified here, is forever upbeat – invariably a study of groups of people in everyday situations yet these are works which are alive and vibrant. We are transported across time and space to be among these characters. Can’t you just feel that hot sand between your toes?


"Soccer, Muizenberg Beach, W Cape"

by Benjamin Mitchley


"Muse 3: Vamp Zeb"

by Carl Verster

You wouldn’t think that Zebras could offer the scope for texture and technique that they do but this work by newly-listed artist, Carl Verster, just oozes character.

We have a window onto the soul of this beautiful creature as he holds our gaze and Carl brings to it his own great eye for detail and shading. Part of a series of Zebra studies, this and any of its counterparts would make a great display in any home or office.

"There is no must in art because art is free."
– Wassily Kandinsky

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:

"A good painter has two main objects to paint, man and the intention of his soul. The former is easy, the latter hard as he has to represent it by the attitude and movement of the limbs."
- Leonardo da Vinci