The Celebration of Christmas

by Kath Dawson

As echoes of economic and political disturbance continue to reverberate around the globe, touching people’s lives on every continent in one way or another, it brings us back to give consideration to our place in the world and reflect on the time of year which is celebrated in so many different cultures. As we turn our gaze inward we are reminded to offer up our thanks and embrace gratitude for what we have in our lives and ask what we can give of ourselves to improve the lot of those less fortunate. What too can we ask in return that truly fills our hearts – receiving and giving are a cycle which we in turn, neglect or confuse. Reciprocity and Harmony bring us to a way of being that surpasses conflict in whatever form it raises its head in our lives and sows the seeds of a new order of things and sees these seeds germinating in the scorched earth.

There is too, good news for the world, optimism reborn, a return to realism, an objective assessment of how things are and perhaps a willingness to forgo cynicism and imagine how things might yet be.

We wish you and yours a very Happy Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous 2009!

Whether art plays a big part in such lofty ideals is left to you the reader but no less than ever it can be the mouthpiece into which truth is spoken and the medium through which that message is carried outward. We have some beautiful pieces selected for review this month and some very inspiring new works on the site with a significant number of new and talented artists coming online.

We are still able to process orders in time for delivery before Christmas!


"People are living there!"
by Raymond Andrews

It’s a joy for us that Raymond has some new works available. "People are living there!" is a rendition of a series of mailboxes, each one divulging something about the nature of its owner. These then combine with Chinese "calligraphic graffiti". It’s a very unusual work, which is why it attracted my attention. I find the whole combination pleasing and intriguing.
Litha’s mixed media work is a beautiful and thought-provoking piece which delivers its message admirably. The striking dimensions, the musical theme and the subtle tones and textures work together to make a very noteworthy item that would be a good talking piece for any collection.


"Silent Sounds"
by Litha Masivakale Ncokazi


"Going home, Mozambique"
by Benjamin Mitchley

This is not a happy work, with people going back to enjoy a holiday after a sojourn in South Africa. Rather this speaks of xenophobic violence that has driven these people back to their home Mozambique, where an unsure work future awaits them. It’s thus a political statement yet painted in a manner that is skillful and technically proficient. The passerby may not realize its significance, but for those not wanting to let this sorry episode in history pass undocumented, this work may be a visual reminder of what goes wrong when we create differences rather than embrace our similarities.
Through the thin fabric of our lives we reveal the balance between responsibility and irresponsible. A hand carries the baggage of this delicate balance, stripped away for all to see. The gauze/net fabric silhouettes this dilemma with dancers cavorting gripped and controlled by the hand above. Does responsibility weigh heavily on you? You may relate to this painting.


"Responsibility"
by Mali Venter

 " I wished to suggest by means of a simple nude, a certain long-lost barbaric luxury. "
- Paul Gauguin

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:

" I certainly hope to sell in the course of time, but I think I shall be able to influence it most effectively by working steadily on, and that at the present moment making desperate efforts to force the work I am doing now upon the public would be pretty useless. "
- Vincent van Gogh

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