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.
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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.
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.
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’s “Painting 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.
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.
Delightful and inviting are words that aptly describe Martie Cruywagen’s “Valley 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.
A discovery of the three dimensional use of pewter and color has made Martie Bitzer quite a distinctive and intriguing artist. Her preference of working with abstract art very nicely compliments this interesting medium. The power of her art is not in the size of her petite pieces of pewter, but rather in the intricate designs. Much of Martie’s work is inspired by African proverbs that are evident in her subjects. One such idea has to do with the journey in life. We are all on our own journey, whether our pace is fast or slow. Much importance is given to the idea that we should enjoy ourselves while on the way to our destination. That’s the basis of “On My Way 3/33”. The piece features a female figure that is common to Bitzer’s work, who is rather floating through her journey. A dove leads the way during her speedy travels and a turtle is there for when the voyage slows.
“Had Some Lunch 2/15” is a contrasting piece that shows another side of the artist. This one is highly abstract and depicts a wolf having a very full stomach after finding some enticing treat to feast upon. He appears to be prancing as if he’s rather proud of himself. Depending on the viewer, the wolf could be perceived as either fierce or fanciful. After all, gobbling up their prey is what wolves do best.
Martie Bitzer shows a very nice display of her art on her homepage. Her pieces range from serene and motivational to winsome and humorous. They all seem to have an uplifting tone. A wise saying that she uses for one of her pieces could be used to sum up her work, “If there is light in the soul, there is beauty in the person.”
The theme is a love of flowers; their beauty, emotions and exuberant life flow. Artist, Sonja Margerison expresses her appreciation for beautiful blossoms by depicting them in the majority of her paintings. While she also creates impressive seascapes, landscapes and beach scenes, flowers appear to be the dominating force of her work.
In her inspiring painting, ‘friendship”, Margerison reveals a heart-warming expression of the individual similarities and differences that compliment the strong bond between lasting friends. While the left half of this bouquet is longer with sharper features, the right side is shorter and fuller with more muted details. The two sides, or friends, are similar with many common interests; however, they are also distinctly different. They each bring their own valuable attributes to the relationship, and that is what makes it so special. There are enough commonalities to create an attraction, but the fascinating differences make each half of this bouquet a spray of its own. Separate, they are astounding; and together they are magnificent.
Sonja’s admiration for vibrant flora exudes an attitude of hope, strength and prosperity. In good times and bad, the delicate blossoms persevere and continue to show their face with a promise of beauty and good things to come. Stop by Sonja Margerison’s web page for a glorious display.
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”.