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Naomi Faith Boyce – Hiroshima

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Boyce’s Hiroshima is an evocative work and one about which it is hard to write as it speaks volumes for itself. A child, apparently unscathed, sits amid desolation. Our minds, familiar with the context, extrapolate the scene beyond the edges of the small canvas. The story is well known, the situation in which the child finds itself is in no doubt and the effect this has on the viewer is quite impactful. We can concern ourself with the image without having to ponder any greater question or the motives of the artist. It simply is. Like a seedpod amond the charred, scorched and smoking remains of a burned field, the child is crying yet there is a tangible hope in the work. Life persists, that which does not destroy us makes us stronger. The world has a lesson, the learning of which may just avert future calamity, pain and heartache.

Mynie Brits – "Poppies"

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Feel the wind, hear the rustle and smell the delicate aroma of “Poppies” by Mynie Brits. In this piece that uses the modern medium of giclée on canvas, the blossoms come to life as they race together with a unity of purpose. The art lover is able to use their own imagination to decide if the poppies are laughing and playing with glee or hiding their faces from a bristling wind. Maybe they are simply bowing in reverence to their maker. It is up to the beholder to decide. “Poppies” presents a beautiful display with dimensions of W: 1200mm x H: 800mm (W: 47″ x H: 31″ ).

Brits brings astounding life and motion to these vibrant flowers as they “pop” from the canvas. The poppies rush towards the viewer giving the feeling that they will soon be enveloped into the image, surrounded by hundreds of magnificent red floral blooms.

Mynie Brits combines photographs with technology to design unique art with distinct personality. She is an astonishing woman in spite of her extremely limited body movement. Brits utilizes a computer along with head movements to create her work. Learn more about Mynie and view her striking pictures on her Homepage.



Natalia Zezia – "A World Unknown"

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Artist Natalia Zezia‘s love of nature is revealed in “A World Unknown” as she renders a marvelous and insightful portrayal of the universal feminine persona. She utilizes an artful mixture of flowers and other distinctive flora to write the beautiful story of life and the unknowns faced by all women of the world. Zezia created this work of art by using graphic ink on white Ashrad paper. Dimensions of the drawing are W: 410mm x H: 410mm (W: 16″ x H: 16″).

The central focus of the picture is a slender and curvacious feminine creature that highlights the right portion of the work. All that surrounds her is reflective of the intricate spirit and emotions of a woman as she faces opportunities and obstacles encountered in an unknown world.

In “A World Unknown” we see the whimsey, creativity, growth, contentment, boldness and happiness that reward the feminine being. In opposition, the capricious ghostly countenances lean toward the indecision, fear and uncertainty that women also encounter. A large daisy in the top left corner presents an openness to life and the joys that can be found there, while the nearby hidden and protective flower buds remain closed in doubtful contemplation. Is the subject in the top right corner fleeing from danger or rushing forward to new and exciting challenges? Circular and oval shapes reveal the continuing motion of life that would remain dormant without the fertile egg shapes in the lower right corner that enable a woman to bring about life in all mankind.

“A World Unknown” and other inspiring works by Natalia Zezia can be observed on her homepage. This artist has a wonderful gift for depicting the love, life and passion of a woman.

Margo Schopf – "Our Mother, Ourselves"

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Margo Schopf brings a delightfully curious collection of thought provoking art to the table. Each of her oil on canvas paintings makes effective use of colorization to set the mood that may range from bright and airy to dark and suppressed. While most of her subjects are portrayed as vague and nondescript, they are all somehow distinct. Schopf’s, “Our Mother, Ourselves”, reveals figures encompassed in soft reds with subtle gray and white definitions. This work follows the path of life beginning as an unsuspecting child and growing all the way through maturity. The child is enveloped within the care of the mother, or parent, and gradually grows into the adult or parent themselves. Schopf reveals the irony of life in which a child is never able to totally separate from their caregivers. This is one of her larger paintings that measures W: 1210 mm x H: 940 mm x D: 45 mm (W: 48″ x H: 37″ x D: 2″).

Margo Schopf’s art creates a stimulating array of interesting life stories that are common among society. While each theme is loosely based upon Schopf’s own experiences and encounters, she leaves them wide open for the audience to embrace as their own. Each one has the versatility to invoke both pleasant and disturbing emotions depending upon the the perspective of the viewer.

When interpreting “Our Mother, Ourselves,” some will look upon the situation with humor and affection as they realize how much they actually resemble or act like one of their parents. Others might gaze upon the work with anger and regret that they are unable to escape the curses passed on through their genes. If either of those reactions occur, this artist has accomplished her purpose. Visit Margo Schopf’s homepage to view a gallery of her paintings.

Mark Enslin – "Painting 1″

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Mark Enslin’sPainting 1” is an astounding work of art giving tribute to the splendor and dignity of Africa’s spotted cheetah. The strokes of this artist’s brush bring canvas to life with outstanding detail and motion. While displaying the cheetah from various angles, contrast is shown through the innocence of youth, playfulness of adolescence and fierceness of the adult hunt. Green leafage in the background instills the jungle setting inhabited by the cheetah. The complimentary dimension of this oil painting are W: 610mm x H: 910mm (W: 24″ x H: 36″).

Enslin’s “Painting 1” is just the first in a series of five incredible paintings that each features one of Africa’s most marvelous animals. “Painting 2” shows the enormous elephant with outstanding strength and loyalty to its herd. The mighty rhinoceros is portrayed in “Painting 3” as powerful and muscular, while the buffalo in “Painting 4” proudly display the beautiful curvature of their horns. Finally, “Painting 5” exhibits the king of the jungle, the majestic lion. Each one of these paintings is as impressive as the next.

These works by Mark Enslin offer worthy commendation to the magnificent creatures of the wild. His ability to bring out the true nature of the animal is admirable. All five paintings in this series can be viewed on Mark Enslin’s homepage.

Michael Schur – "Blue Forest"

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

A love of nature is revealed in all of Michael Schur’s oil paintings. This artist uses a variety of themes that range from boats in the ocean to kaleidoscopes, village scapes and harlequins. His gifted use of oils provides visual texture that adds greater tactile perception.  A large portion of his collection is based around trees and forests.  “Blue Forest” is one of these expressive paintings that displays rhythm in motion with leaning trees, rounded rocks and continuous movement. The bright blue and green tones emit cheerfulness and life, while the brown and golden hues offer stability and strength. “Blue Forest” is 610 mm wide and 500 mm high (24” W x 20” H).

Many of Schur’s tree paintings are based around couples enjoying each other’s company while moving forward in harmony with nature. “Figures and Trees”, “Walk in the Forest” and “Dreamy Forest” are all wonderful examples of this. Another common feature in the tree paintings is the curvature of trees leaning together to form an arch or pathway leading forward to what lies ahead. This theme is beautifully revealed in “The Archway,” “Figures and Trees” and "Steps down to the Harbour – Sydney.”

The titles of Michael Schur’s paintings are simplistic, yet on-target and thought provoking. He very effectively uses color to make a statement in each of them, while the variety of ideas and moods in his work keeps the viewer interested and intrigued. Schur’s homepage provides an extensive selection of his paintings.

Martie Cruywagen – "Valley of Peace"

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Delightful and inviting are words that aptly describe Martie Cruywagen’sValley of Peace” We see only a portion of this valley that must surely be representative of a larger existence, as it brings about a sense of peacefulness and playfulness. The valley is surrounded by a gorgeous open sky of inviting blues and purples, while tiny homes are nestled in the plains below. All is well with an endless supply of water, clear and pristine, along with a plethora of freshly grown food, ripe for picking fresh from the vine. This valley of peace is surrounded by fertile rolling hills and mountains. The painting is done in acrylics on stretched canvas.

The hidden eyes of the dark mountains watch over the homes and people below. Or is it a giant clam shell with its inhabitant waiting to gobble up any who dare try to disturb peace in the valley? Though the painting is busy with many facets, it does not come across as cluttered or chaotic, but rather extremely ordered and tidy. Just a small amount of imagination could bring forth children and lovers frolicking among the flowers and fields. This hidden “Valley of Peace” is a heavenly oasis that blocks off all threat of disturbance from beyond its secure walls.

Numerous paintings by Martie Cruywagen that are just as enticing as this one can be seen on her homepage. While being enhanced with whimsy and radiant colors, each one is distinct in its own right and tells its own story.

Gerard Kortenbout – "Campfire" and So Much More!

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

The work of Gerard Kortenbout is highly inspired by the people and traditions of South Africa. As he watches both the land and inhabitants of this area changing before his eyes, his goal is to capture their character and tribal traditions in his paintings. Gerard’s work is diversified, encapsulating various nuances of this beautiful culture. “Campfire” seeks to give honor to the age old custom of an evening outdoors around a glowing fire. The sights and sounds of a quiet evening spent with friends and the pure calm of nature highlight the gorgeous background and setting sun.

Kortenbout’s portraits typically characterize specific individuals in their native dress, while savoring the unique personality of each. “A. Isaac” depicts an older man with an inviting face of contentment and wisdom, while “Anti Women Abuse” makes a strong statement in support of the many faceless women.

This artist brings attention to many animals of the wild in paintings like “Elephants at Play” and “Giraffe in the Mist”. He preserves the remarkable landscape through a range of interpretations in “Newmouth Richards Bay with Causerina Tree”, the colorful “Fever Trees Sunset” and the lovely “Forest Path”.  His depiction of a “Fishermans Cottage” is just as captivating as his “Palace ofJjustice – PTA”.

Gerard Kortenbout does a beautiful job of savoring the culture, people, land and wildlife of South Africa. Take the time to study his diverse work to gain an appreciation of his art’s aspiration.

Leon de Bliquy – a true South African talent.

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Leon de Bliquy mentions in the very first sentence of his biography that he has, from an early age, seen the world through "blunted sight." But, curiously looking through his works, it would seem that "blunted" as his sight might be, his perception of the world carries with it a startling accuracy in terms of emotion.

You can see this most strikingly in works like Missing: Tsitsikamma magic, where, with the bold use of color – combined with an ethereal, painterly blurring of edges – the artist conjured a piece that might have appeared in someone else’s mind as a beautiful memory. Many of us can recall a hot, solitary moment in a summer’s day when we’ve been able to sit in a secluded place and simply take in the colors and objects around us: this same feeling is captured in a de Bliquy painting.

Looking a little more at Missing: Tsitsikamma magic, you are able to see a whole host of magical elements: we have feathers; beads; cords of what can only be silver; bubbles; flowing hair; rings and the suggestion of movement all over the canvas. This is so often seen in a de Bliquy – this suggestion of movement, everywhere. The hint of a host of ethereal figures dancing around against a mysterious purple sky only serves to deepen the intrigue of the painting as a whole.

All in all, Leon de Bliquy is an wonderful artist you’re be very wise to look carefully at when examining South African art as a whole – especially if you want to purchase a beautiful piece to hang on the wall. With recent works ranging in price from around $90 to around $4500, there’s something in everyone’s price range – and really, what more could one want in one’s sanctuary than a touch of de Bliquy magic?

Marlene Swart – "Just Checking" and "Peaceful Turmoil"

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Marlene Swart’s paintings, inspired by God and His creation, bring to mind the often forgotten relationship between man and nature. In a world filled with cultures that have embraced advancement and technology, her art offers peaceful reminders of days gone by when man labored to live off the land. “Just Checking” is an insightful representation of man stopping to look over his domain to make sure everything is in order. The painting would serve to encourage its owner to remember that moments of calm reflection are valuable in all facets of life to maintain order and stability.

Swart’s “Peaceful Turmoil”, speaks of the serenity and beauty waiting to be found in the midst of every storm. While the majesty of the winds and thundering showers could easily swallow up anything in its path, it only seeks to clean, water and nurture the earth. This also relates back to the storms of life that often cause fear and confusion. In every storm, there are lessons to be learned, changes that will occur and good things that will result.

It is evident that Marlene adds a bit of her soul to each painting she creates. They encourage the viewer to revisit the truly important things in life. Marlene has an inspiring collection of paintings from which to choose on her homepage.