Like many thousands of other French people, my mom’s family and my dad responded to the National French Call during WW1 to help with the rebuilding of Morocco for the King of the day.
After this period of hardship, I was born in Casablanca and followed my parents example in drawing and painting, which was the natural form of expression in our family.
At a very young age I won a few prizes, but it was only in Hermanus, South Africa, about 10 years ago, that I started to touch oil paint and found great satisfaction in what was a great mystery to me before: the process of painting on the material called “canvas,” a surface that’s at the same time rather flexible and not smoothly flat! But practice makes perfect!
My only training was the criticism of my parents and two years of basic art at school in Casablanca, let’s call that self-taught. Much later I was favoured with the renowned artist Peter Earl’s wonderful help for a year in Hermanus and today I’m fortunate to have the expert supervision of Alyson Guy, in her Art Room in Volmoed. Continue reading “Local Hermanus Artist Claudie Lemoine”
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. Continue reading “Weyers Du Toit Local Artist”
Isabel le Roux was born in Rustenburg, a city situated at the foot of the Magaliesberg mountain range in North West Province of South Africa. She began her career as an art teacher and has been painting professionally since 1974.
Her dynamic style is both expressionistic and contemporary, employing the vibrant and bold use of colour to depict typical South African scenes, particularly the Cape and it’s people. She paints mainly in oils but also uses acrylics, watercolours, pen on paper and mixed media. Her passion and commitment is evident in her artwork and her travels abroad have brought a new dimension to her work. Continue reading “Isabel le Roux South African Artist”
“There is a frantic race to merchandise tinsel and trash under the guise of ‘modernism’. I can claim to have made the daily life of the 20th Century more beautiful.” — Raymond Loewy
Historians refer to Raymond Loewy as the designer of the modern world. He began his career drawing for Harper’s Bazaar, Vanity Fair and Vogue before moving into industrial design towards the end of the 1920s. Loewy studied engineering at the Université de Paris and École de Laneau, before emigrating to the United States of America in 1919. Continue reading “Raymond Loewy the Father of Industrial Design”
Peter Wooldridge hails from Krugersdorp, a mining town situated in the West Rand district of Gauteng Province, South Africa.
After attending the Johannesburg School of Arts, in 1965 Peter obtained a Degree in Fine Arts from the University of Witwatersrand, where he was voted Student of the Year. He initially followed a career as a Graphic designer, working for a number of top advertising agencies and produced for a number of the leading industrial and commercial entities such as Hewlett Packard and Rand Mines Limited. Continue reading “Peter Wooldridge South African Artist”
I recently came accross the work of Alexis Bester, a full-time local artist, who lives and works on a farm near Tulbagh at the foot of the Witzenberg Mountains.
According to the website Kunste Huijs, his medium is mainly oil paint on either board or canvas. He draws his composition in charcoal and adds preliminary shades and colour by mixing paint and turpentine. The painting is then allowed to dry before he starts to work through the painting, applying paint only and mixing colours as needed. Alexis primarily uses flat brushes, but also uses round brushes, pallet knives and his fingers. Continue reading “Alexis Bester Local Artist Based In Tulbach South Africa”
Dance icon Martha Graham (May 11, 1894 — April 1, 1991) was an influential American dancer and choreographer whose career spanned over seventy years.
During her distinguished career she was the first dancer to perform at the White House and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Ryan Jeremy Woodward was commissioned by Google to do a logo, an animated sequence (18 seconds), in celebration of what would have been the great dancer’s 117th birthday. Continue reading “Martha Graham Dancing The Hidden Language of the Soul”
After matriculating, with a Senior Certificate in Art History and Practical, Alyson trained as a Medical Laboratory Technologist. She specialised in histopathology, working in South Africa and London until her semi-retirement in 1994.
Recently I came across fabulous local South African artist Hannetjie De Clercq. She lives and works in the quiet and peace of Riebeek-Kasteel, a rural town in the Western Cape of South Africa just 85 kilometres (53 miles) north-east of Cape Town. Take the N7 highway to get there.
Hannetjie De Clercq finds herself in the company of renowned South African Artists such as Walter Battis, Gregiore Boonzaier, Frans Claerhout, Robert Hodgins, Gordon Vorster and Louis Jansen van Vuuren, all of whom are featured along with Hannetjie de Clercq in the distinguished Sasol Art Collection. Continue reading “Local South African Artist Hannetjie de Clercq”