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Into the Magic of Yule – Art from SouthAfricanArtists.com!

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

As the hectic Christmas period pops up on our calendars once more, we turn our attention to family and friends, our life and our world, beginning to reflect upon a year about to pass and what the new one might hold in store for us.

Art and imagery is such a strong anchor for the memories and events in our life and strongly evocative of the people and places that pass before us. You will rarely tire of quality art – more you will find new depths and new detail that comes into fresh focus over time – it is a truly magical medium…

We’re here to help and if you need any assistance or guidance in making your selection, our team is only an email or phone call away to help you pick out just the right piece.

This selection of artists featured here would be a great start for finding a unique Christmas present for someone in your life – you might even want to spoil yourtself!


"Dancers"
by Boniface Matthews Chandiyamba

This Malawian born artist is most known for paintings of elongated figures in bright colours. In "Harvest", a line of six workers carry their pickings in baskets. The unique figures owe their heritage to ants and play an integral part in the themes of workers and their tasks which feature so prominently in Bon’s work. Set against a fiery background of textured reds, yellows and brown’s there is no attempt at realism, rather the artist has opted for stylistic representation of her subjects. Some may argue that the works lack the authentic sweat and grime of the actual work experience, however seen as ants against a vast background of fiery. Africa the figures have their own message to tell.

"The Magus"
by Raymond Andrews

Raymond Andrews’ Work is simply magnificent – bold, bright, deep and demanding. His works relate the alchemical nature of life and being. Transformation and passage with rich symbolism that captivates and challenges; at a turn a new detail or feature to draw you in further. Yet stand back and gaze upon these huge works and soak in their splendour and you too may be taken on a journey. Big wall stuff.

"Vanitas: Huguenot Matrix"
by Titia Ballot

Refreshingly different, Ballot’s work can’t help but appeal. Sensitively drawn colour etchings, screen prints, drawings and pastel paintings delve into past culture and present globalisation. Her series of etchings of the elements are fresh and show a quirky approach to composition and would be great bought as a series. "Homage to Role model" is a surreal look at the ties that bind us, while flying jellies hover over shells in "Huguenot Matrix" – make of that what you will!


"Fibonacci Sequence"
by Lesley Bergere

Looking for something more metaphysical, mystical and feminine for the walls of a special meditative space? Lesley’s works are "moments of definition," in her personal journey, which may well touch inner emotions within yourself – we are after all, all on a similar journey. The feminine, watery aspect is very apparent in her work, together with surreal symbols of bones, birth, re-birth, organic shapes and soft, whimsical colours. Clearly this artist is using her own journey to assist us to understand our own in an uplifting and serenely beautiful manner.

" It grieves me greatly that I cannot recapture my past. I can only offer you my future, which is short, for I am too old. "
– Michelangelo

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:

Jerome Pattison
Sonja Janke
Rensburg
Ione de Beer
Andre van der Westhuizen
Cherie Dirksen
Bob van Wyk
Annette Dunbar
Chris Wait
Gian-Piero Garizio
Tienie Roets
Debbie Vorster
Patricia Strydom
Kirsten Pretorius
Theresa Acker
Tanith Jansen van Rensburg
Brett Robertson
E Kenyon
Rob Kearney

" The desire to survive and the fear of death are artistic sentiments. "
– Salvador Dali

Light and Dark – Art from SouthAfricanArtists.com!

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007

This weekend marked the equinox – the transition between the light and dark halves of the year. Looking back and giving thanks for what we have had, that which has nourished us and filled our hearts, fuelled our passions and stirred our spirits and looking forward too with hope and anticipation of what is yet to come our way.

So our theme for this time is shadows and light and some wonderful South African art from the site that takes us on a journey between these realms…

We’re here to help and if you need any assistance or guidance in making your selection, our team is only an email or phone call away to help you pick out just the right piece.

This small selection of artists featured here might whet your appetite for a new addition to your home or office space:


"Raindance"
by Pieter Vermaak

Human forms emerge from eerie blue backgrounds like prisoners straining to find form and purpose. There is a haunting beauty in the figures surrounded in a halo of mystical light. In some works such as "Victory", the human form is barely recognisable yet an air of achievement pervades the painting. Occasionally the figures appear without all their limbs – reminiscent of ancient Greek statues, they entice the viewer into their drama. "Entering at Night" has a Surreal melancholy about it which draws the viewer inwards to see his own psyche mirrored in the figure and in its reflection one finds great beauty.

"Hope"
by Ria van den Heever

Ria van den Heever’s "Hope", rich in symbolism and comprising aspects of the dark and the light, really calls out to the viewer. Offering questions and answers it is not a lightweight piece to be hang looking pretty on your wall, rather a work that demands you think, provoking study and close inspection. It’s unlikely you would ever tire of scraping back its layers and the personal meanings it holds for you.


"The lone gemsbok"
by Terrence Kruger

Kruger states "The ability of the Gemsbok to survive in desert conditions has always fascinated me. I find the high dunes of Sossus vlei an interesting backdrop to one of nature’s best examples of adaptation." This beautiful piece so clearly shows light and shadow and also portrays the journey of a solitary soul in a vast desert – a metaphor for our own lives, evocative and stirring of the imagination.


"Movement"
by Beau Van Zyl

"Movement" by Beau van Zyl is another fine piece that plays with themes of light combined with movement and contrast of textures. The brilliance of the oil illuminates areas of the painting expertly and the equine curves that abound give softness yet agility to the overall work. What does it say to you?

" Inspiration is highly overrated. If you sit around and wait for the clouds to part, it’s not liable to ever happen. More often than not work is salvation. "
– Chuck Close

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:

Karen Velissariou
Susan Tabor
Inge Zelewitz
Hester Correia
Jennefer Mumford
Jo Marais
Mike Jonker
Tamaryn Futter
Terrence Kruger
Annalene Kinghorn
Talya Goldberg

" Poor is the pupil who does not surpass his master. "
– Leonardo da Vinci

Art in Abundance from SouthAfricanArtists.com!

Monday, June 18th, 2007

Inspiration on tap from SouthAfricanArtists.com !

We warmly welcome you to another superb showcase of African art this month.

We are delighted to say that the winners of our summer prize draw are G. Howard of Auckland, New Zealand who wins a Frans Claerhout silkscreen print and A. Chelouche of Connecticut, USA who wins a signed copy of Belinda Kruiper’s book "Kalahari Rainsong".

We’re here to help and if you need any assistance or guidance in making your selection, our team is only an email or phone call away to help you pick out just the right piece.

Were you aware that you can send a colorful eCard, free of charge and without the need to register, to anyone, anywhere in the world who has an email address?

We have seen some superb works being added to the site in recent weeks and here are just a few from our galleries that we have picked to tempt you with this month:

"The arm of the world"
by Thembinkosi Kohli

A figure of a stylized woman is shown with her left arm transformed into a tree. The figure is stylized and is not the smiling maternal figure we have come to know but rather one who looks disturbed (presumably by the newspaper reports that form part form the work.) Her one open eye, further shows that she is all seeing and wise. The tree however shows the new hope and growth that is arising which is why I see this work as one of hope rather than destruction.

Looking for something quirky? Tired of the old traditional view of Table Mountain? Here’s a painting to add a talking point to the braai. Imagine Table Mountain cloaked in leapard skin and you’ll get the picture. In portraying the mountain in its skin, the spots quickly start to resemble clumps of bushes, making those who abhor change at least sigh a slight sigh of relief that is not completely in turmoil. It’s a witty, fresh look at a subject that’s been painted (in the traditional manner) a million times over.


"Leopard Mountain"
by Andi Hirschson

A narrow path winds through squatter shacks that take on an organic feel in the depths of their browns and ochres and the shapes that to the slightly unfocussed eye resemble bark. Usually poverty does not make for subject matter that one would necessarily want to live with, but this work carries none of the guilt that it could possibly have done. Intrinsic to the work is that although we are looking at a busy township, no people are to be seen which enhances the viewpoint hat you are looking at something grown from the earth rather than something constructed by man. It’s an unusual and pleasing take on the subject.

"Squatter Road"
by Craig Paton-Ash

" Everything I have earned has gone into these gardens. "
– Claude Monet

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:

Gerhard Scheepers
Barry Celliers
Fred Page
Li Nepgen
Michele Di Blasi
Jac Kritzinger
Gerry van der Walt
Lizelle Joubert
Tinus de Jongh
Elzette Welgemoed
Alida Kasselman
Nicole Bell
Kerry-Leigh De Bruyn

" He who possesses most must be most afraid of loss. "
– Leonardo da Vinci