Archive for March, 2009

Thoughts For March

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

At we don’t tend to promote art as an investment vehicle per se, it should first and foremost be something to be appreciated for its appearance and the inspiration it gives to the viewer and owner.

In recent years, perhaps as it turns out with some justification, a number of people have recommended art, wine and collectibles like vintage cars as vehicles (excuse the pun) for investment. As the early indicators of the downturn began to make themselves known almost a year ago the art world began to see new interest and new money knocking on its doors. This seems to have accelerated with the meltdown of the mainstream financial system and the disappearance of any benefit from the fallback options of plain savings accounts which bear interest, or rather now do not (to any useful degree).

It was interesting therefore to see that a recent Sotheby’s auction saw an Erik Laubscher work take over $100,000 when the hammer fell, not just a world record for one of his works but also the highest price ever paid at auction for a living South African artist. Cecil Skotnes ‘ "Birds" also brought a record price for the artist, selling for a shade under $60,000. With total sales at the auction of around $1m exceeding expectations, it turns out that well over 80% came from the sale of paintings.

Whether this should inspire you to keep your savings on the wall instead of under the mattress is between you and your accountant but what it does say is that South African art is establishing itself ever more on the world stage and in a sector where gaining ground against the traditional bastions is all but impossible we are perhaps seeing yet more barriers beginning to fall and this can only be good for South African artists and for anyone who loves great art.

March’s choice is a small selection of works from artists who express their passion and creativity with great skill:

by Gary Frier

Gary is a long-established artist and is consistently popular with visitors to the site. He has a tremendous talent for combining his creative skills to use colour, light, medium and texture to bring a scene to life. This work is especially appealing, exuding as it does, the power and determination of two beasts in conflict.


This elegant work, together with its "Sunbird 2″ counterpart, has a particular grace and beauty. The swirling curves, reminsicent of late 1960s Swinging London (can we say that these days?) pop art, give us a clue as to Joline’s major influences.

"Sunbird 1″
by Joline Taute


"Lazy Days"
by Lani

Lani has one of the most varied portfolios of art that we have seen with a quite impressive range of different styles. A number of her studies, including this one, really work well together and bring the warmth of their scene right to you.


Hueber’s works are uncomplicated and yet appealing in a way which defies their simplicity. This playful piece is quite delightful, portraying both the Yin and Yang aspects of our lives with the joyful expression of life in dance.

"Two Step"
by Philip Hueber

" What is one to think of those fools who tell one that the artist is always subordinate to nature? Art is in harmony parallel with nature. "
- Paul Cézanne

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:


" Painting is just another way of keeping a diary. "
- Pablo Picasso