Thursday, 10 December 2015

Odds and Ends of 2015

Three o' Clock, oil on Belgian linen
Part of the "not a Portrait" group show at Rust-en-Vrede Gallery

Studio supervisor Sleeping, oil on canvas, 110 x 45 cm
one of the TOP 40 at the Sanlam Portrait Awards 2105, exhibited at Rust-en-Vrede Gallery

Novel, Monoprint.

I am keeping this one

Bouquet, oil on canvas

Shown at Transitions at the Post Office, curated by Richard Forbes and Danny Myburgh

Chandelier, oil on canvas
Rust-en-Vrede Gallery Mexican Exchange Program, donation work to raise funds for the traveling exhibition

He took the courage, oil on canvas, 52 x 42 cm

Exhibited at Twilsharp Studio's OFFICE PARTY year end exhibition

Acceptable Representation, oil on paper, 46 x 28 cm

Shown at Anomalies, Trent Gallery, with Elbie Erasmus and Franli Meintjes

Known Bones, oil on paper, 46 x 28 cm
Shown at Anomalies, Trent Gallery, with Elbie Erasmus and Franli Meintjes

Layer cake IV, oil on paper, 34 x 27 cm

Shown at Anomalies, Trent Gallery, with Elbie Erasmus and Franli Meintjes

Parting Line, oil on canvas, 26 x 26 cm
Shown at Anomalies, Trent Gallery, with Elbie Erasmus and Franli Meintjes

Peculiar, oil on paper, 21 x 25 cm

Shown at Anomalies, Trent Gallery, with Elbie Erasmus and Franli Meintjes

Speculations, oil on canvas, 20 x 24 cm

Shown at Anomalies, Trent Gallery, with Elbie Erasmus and Franli Meintjes


This series of work have recently been on exhibition at Salon 91 gallery in Cape Town's year end group exhibition called "Stellar"

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Early manhood, Oil on board, 40 x 40 cm

No way of guessing, oil on paper, 37 x 47 cm

Standing Upright, oil on canvas, 52 x 60 cm

A short visit, A2, oil on paper

Bright eyes surveyed the scenery, oil on paper, 47 x 37 cm

New Monoprints

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Turbine Art Fair and Paint it Black at Salon 91, Cape Town

oh, triumph such as this, 2015, oil on canvas, 55x73cm

somewhat more nonchalantly, 2015, oil on canvas, 46x36cm

the boyish worship, treasured long, 2015, oil on canvas, 36x46cm

tree of right handedness,  2015, oil on panel, (30x42cm)

another power of ten, oil on panel, 24 x 30 cm

I couch on mosses, warm and soft, 84 x 60 cm

lulled among blossoms, 52 x 52 cm, oil on canvas

silence awhile, 52 x 52 cm

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Last night I had the strangest dream

 I recently took part in an exciting group exhibition called "Last night I had the strangest dream", curated by Layla Leimans. The exhibition took place in a beautiful old house in Bertrams, converted into artists' studios, called Twilsharp studios.

Looming Large I, oil on canvas, 28 x 28 cm

Looming Large II, oil on canvas, 28 x 38 cm

Looming Large III, oil on paper, 16 x 22 cm

The strange shifts and impending disasters in dreams create as much excitement as fear, as it rapidly approaches but never seems to reach the dreamer. Philosopher Emmanuel Kant explains the sublime as fear fulness without being afraid.

The limited waking imagination renders the dreamer unable to rightfully grasp or explain the magnitude of the spectacle. Familiar signifiers are rearranged, inverted, magnified and illuminated, but remains in the periphery.

The liquid, nature of paint is emphasized in this series, to suggest a paused state within rapid movement. The series with seemingly unrelated scenes can be viewed as a dream, spontaneously jumping from one setting to the next, with a feeling of being unsure how one got there. A menacing disaster lurks on the horizon without ever reaching the dreamer and in the rear occasion where it does, the dreamer transports to a different location, without post-traumatic shock, scars, or a sense of heat or cold.

Sunday, 7 June 2015


This collection of monoprints was printed by printed at Tim Foulds' printmaking studio in Midrand. 

To explain the process: I paint an image on a copper plate with oil based ink, thinned with turpentine. While it is still wet, Tim puts it through the press with archival acid free paper. The result is a mirrored transfer of the painted plate. Unlike etchings, lithos and linocuts, only one print can be made, although the remaining ink on the plate can be reworked and printed as a unique ghost image of the previous print.