Weyers du Toit grew up in the Western Cape town of Bredasdorp. In the early 1990s he was a student of Fine Arts at the Cape College, working in Oils under the guidance of Liesbeth Gunther.
The artist paints from life in the spirit and style known as en plein air, after the French phrase for ‘in open air.’ This method of working in natural light serves to put the artist in direct contact with the beauty of nature and its elements. (See 13 more images, or click here for Flickr slideshow).
French Impressionist painters such as Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir advocated en plein air painting, and much of their work was done outdoors, in the diffuse light provided by a large white umbrella.
Weyers describes his work as “classic with an impressionist influence”. He works Alla Prima, for ‘only one layer’ and he is clearly inspired by the beauty of the Western Cape, particularly the Western Cape coastline.
Sources: Weyers Du Toit — Jakob se Baai, Sonneblomme in die Reen, House for Snakes and Birds, Blou Bakkie Boot, Vangsbelofte, Meisho Maru Magic, Heart Attack Rock; Stellenbosch Art Gallery — Die Oes, Soekend; Walker Bay Art Gallery — Vangs van die Dag, Die Haarborsel, Die Hoed Pas, My Eie, Vrou van Kassiebaai