I am self-taught, specialising in portraiture and illustration, and prefer the tactility of traditional mediums and a hands-on approach to making art. I freelance commercially as an illustrator in publishing, advertising, film and television industries. Private commissions remain my staple and are found in homes throughout the world.
As a qualified chef, linguist and self-trained artist, I've always been creating in some form or another — be it with food, words or paint. The recent lockdown brought with it the time and opportunity to focus on honing my painting skills. Today, creating is a daily practice that guides me to being fully immersed in the beauty of the present.
From farm life, I studied and graduated at University Stellenbosch BA FA (HED) and am now an avid plein air oil painter. Living in Kommetjie makes my almost daily practice of painting on location a joy. I was honored to be a 2022 Landscape finalist for the South African Artist magazine as well as having achieved a number of SASA plein air awards.
Born in 1937 Student nurse and Teacher’s Diploma, married, 2 girls. By God and Cecil Skotnes’s reference, enrolled at Johannesburg College of Art. Thereafter lecturer in Painting/Art History. Explored papermaking, traditional bookbinding, weaving and etching. Obtained National Higher Diploma Papermaking and Master’s Diploma in Technology. 12 Solo exhibitions (5 Goodman Gallery) .Guest Artist Johannesburg Art Museum.9th July 2022 Retrospective
I’ve recently been lured away from a long career as an architect by what might be called an obsessive interest in ceramics. The resulting porcelain sculptures are a mash-up of computer aided design, 3D printing, and newly learned skills in clay chemistry and manipulation.
I have been involved with the practise of art for most of my life and last year I completed a Postgrad Diploma with distinction (at the University of Cape Town, Michaelis School of Fine Art, 2021). Most days I am in my studio. I have exhibited and hope to continue forever. I am a contemporary artist who works predominately in oils and mixed media.
I graduated from UCT in 2001, majoring in printmaking, but my career has subsequently followed a circuitous route, embracing oil painting, running a business, as well as collaborating with my husband, artist Nic Bladen. I’ve had a number of solo exhibitions in Cape Town and Johannesburg, most notably at Circa Gallery and the Irma Stern Museum, and have been privileged to show work in London and New York. I’m returning to art-making after a four year hiatus of being a full-time mother.
I was born in Cape Town and grew up in the small coastal town of Hout Bay. I am an Environmental artist and create artworks out of Ocean Plastic. I studied art at the college of Cape Town however I am self-taught in this medium.
In Johannesburg I worked in corporate communications. When I moved to Cape Town in 2006 I found my feet by teaching beginners at a pottery studio in Noordhoek. A new experience! I then spent a year in Holland and joined a pottery studio. I participated in various workshops. On my return I set up my ceramic teaching Studio, Kommetjie Ceramics.
Originally from Scotland, I moved to Cape Town when I met my South African husband. Whilst my children were young, I took up drawing then painting - I fell in love with the whole process and am grateful to now paint full time. I work with acrylic on canvas or linen, selling mainly direct online.
I studied fine art at Ruth Prowse School of Art, Cape Town and graduated with distinction in 2022. This year I have had work shown at the AVA, Ebony Curated and Everard Read. I am currently working towards a solo exhibition at Rust en Vrede and Open Studios Kommetjie.
After school I studied graphic design but quickly discovered painting was my first love. I predominantly work for private clients and commissioned work includes large scale work for interior designers. Works are also exhibited in public spaces such as Vergelegen and the Mount Nelson. The Oasis Room at The Mount Nelson also features my largest artwork - a mural 10mLx3,5mH.
I am a self-taught artist, exhibiting from 2010. Since 2016, I have focused on printmaking, with a recent interest in woodblock prints, in the Western and Japanese techniques, and monotype print. I’ve exhibited a diverse body of work (printmaking, stitched, paintings) nationally which continues to develop, and have artworks in private collections, both in South Africa and abroad.
I left the corporate environment in 2012 to concentrate on art making and relocated from Johannesburg to Cape Town in 2016. Although mainly a painter (oils), I am a printmaker too. I received an Honours (Fine Art) from Michaelis (2021) and have works in private international and local collections.
I studied Fine Art Printmaking at university. As part of my postgraduate degree, I majored in Western reduction woodblock printmaking and colour etching. My practice has always been intertwined with teaching, at secondary and tertiary levels. At present I run a teaching printmaking studio. My work is housed in several private collections both local and abroad, as well as in corporate and public institutions.
I am a self-taught artist and printmaker and have been practicing full-time since 2018. Prior to pursuing a career in art, I worked in Academia and as an Osteopath. I work predominantly on paper to create colourful and emotive works. My works are in private collections, both international and local.
My ceramic practice was originally inspired by an antique Russian wedding gown. I have exhibited at numerous galleries. I was appointed as a supplier of ceramic props for the film sets Troy (Warner Brothers) and Avatar (20th Century Studios).
I started collecting plastic off my local beach in Kommetjie 9 years ago and in 2020 after washing and sorting the plastic into different colours I was so inspired I decided to create something with it. Encouraged by friends and family, I started to create many pieces of art. And so my beautiful journey began and continues to thrive!
After training and working for years as a dental technician, I apprenticed and became a foundry man, casting large-scale bronze sculptures. The knowledge of these two seemingly different realms led to my experimentations with organic micro-casting, a technique I’ve pioneered. In my workshop in Kommetjie I’m privileged to create sculptures and jewellery cast from some of the world’s most extraordinary flora: fynbos.
I focus on printmaking, but work across media, incorporating collage, painting, and drawing, to produce varied edition work. I am part of The Printing Girls, an all-female printmaking collective, and have exhibited at various galleries across the country.
I am a painter expressing myself in oils and water-based mixed media. I have built a large body of macro-scaled fynbos paintings, yet, have more recently, shifted to exploring indigenous landscapes and abstraction. In my work, I explore the dynamics of colour, the symphonies of light and the complexities of texture to discover the true essence of my subject. I have works displayed in world renowned restaurants, private homes and galleries both local and abroad.
I am a self taught artist creating art in varying mediums. My work represents life experiences and is introspective. I am influenced by environmental and socio-political concerns and mass media observations. I have been represented by galleries in Paris, London and Oxford, Germany and Miami, and a number of SA galleries including Candice Berman Gallery.
I started working with ceramics 30 years ago and have been working in my Kommetjie studio for the past 20 years. During this time I have explored a wide variety of ceramic processes and am still enjoying this ever-evolving journey.