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Art for Nature – Artist: Irma de Waal

Art For Nature” is an avenue for us to raise awareness around, and bring exposure to some pretty amazing artists residing in the Garden Route area. Irma de Waal, donated artwork to PTP to help us raise funds and plant millions of indigenous trees!!

Irma de Waal

“A painting is a gift that lasts a lifetime!”

About the Artist

Irma de Waal lives and works as a full-time artist in the Wilderness, Southern Cape. She completed her BA FINE ARTS Degree at the University of Stellenbosch in 1975, majoring in the Art of Painting and the History of Art. Irma is from Africa and therefore shares the rhythm and the pulse of the people and the warmth and the vibrancy of the colours that is so unique to this continent.

“Using colours and shapes, I do not wish to depict a realistic image of my subject, but rather create a feeling of nostalgia and remembrance.”

Her source of inspiration reflects in the magnitude of the outstretched landscapes of our country – from the abandoned farmhouses in the Free State to the white- washed fisherman’s cottages all along the coastline of the Western Cape.

The houses and buildings of the Malay Quarters in Cape Town and the colourful structures and homes from several informal settlements are also challenging concepts she loves to paint.

More recently Irma’s interest in the humbling magic of the Karoo became prominent in her paintings. The sense of space and silence amongst the craggy hills of the Karoo landscape drew Irma’s attention to the small towns or “dorpies”, where the original Settler’s architecture and a distinctly “Karoo” way of life inspired her work in a charming fashion.

Irma’s unique ability to paint these landscapes often includes the sensitive presence of individuals involved in their daily activities that is prominent to the area on which the painting focuses.

She paints in a modern-abstract way; elongating and distorting the perspective of buildings and subjects to slanted forms and angles with fine lines that reminds of architectural drawings.

Irma uses oil paints on high quality stretched canvas, applying the paint with bold brush strokes and palette-knives.

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Art for Nature – Artist: Ninette Steyl

Art For Nature” is an avenue for us to raise awareness around, and bring exposure to some pretty amazing artists residing in the Garden Route area. Ninette Steyl, donated artwork to PTP to help us raise funds and plant millions of indigenous trees!!

“I am Ninette Steyl and the founder and artist of The Dune Art. I live in the most beautiful part of South Africa – Wilderness in the Garden Route. I love to capture the emotions and depth through light and colour. The way the light falls, the movement in people’s eyes and the stillness of natural beauty, inspires me.

I partly studied Visual Arts at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. Life happened and I became a mother of 3, leaving no time or room for art. Over the years I attended classes at different private teaching artists, who inspired my confidence and nurtured trust in my creativity.

My chosen mediums are oil painting, pencil sketching, watercolour, and lately … loose-mixed media, this is my favourite self-expression. Important to me, is to bring depth into my artwork by striving to portray some emotion, or different dimensions. My topics range from realistic still life’s and portraits to landscapes and abstract works. I love experimenting with colour and texture.

Bringing the beauty of light into people’s homes at a particular moment through beauty and expression, is what my journey of self-discovery brought out … Finally I am living my passion.

My biggest commission was doing 50 paintings for a very exclusive Altzheimers retirement village in Bryanston, Johannesburg.”

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Art for Nature – Artist: Janet Botes Biography

Janet Botes

Art For Nature” is an avenue for us to raise awareness around, and bring exposure to some pretty amazing artists residing in the Garden Route area. Janet Botes, donated artwork to PTP to help us raise funds and plant millions of indigenous trees!!

Janet Botes

Janet Botes Biography

Janet Botes (1984-) is a multi-disciplinary artist who has been involved with various projects, including these residencies and festivals: Global Nomadic Art Project by YATOO; Thupelo, OPENLab2016; THAT Art Fair; Tankwa Artscape; and Site_Specific events. She performed ‘Sand[spoor]’ as part of the Fringe programme of the National Arts Festival in 2012. Her first solo exhibitions ‘Wild & Still: expressions of the landscape’ and ‘ORGANISM’ was shown in 2014 and 201 respectively at StateoftheArt Gallery in Cape Town.

She creates art in a variety of materials and techniques that include land art, painting, drawing, mixed media art, videos, photography and sand installations – and involves her working just as much in the outdoors than in the studio. Her work is aimed at expressing our nature as humans within ecology, and our connection to the spirit of the planet.

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Art for Nature – Artist: Jan Cilliers de Wet Biography and Artist’s Statement

Jan Cilliers de Wet

Art For Nature” is an avenue for us to raise awareness around, and bring exposure to some pretty amazing artists residing in the Garden Route area. Jan Cilliers de Wet, donated artwork to PTP to help us raise funds and plant millions of indigenous trees!! We`ve asked Jan to tell us a bit more about him, continue reading for his biography and artist`s statement.

Jan Cilliers de Wet

Jan Cilliers de Wet Biography and Artist’s Statement

Art has been in my family for 3 generations, and in fact, I still use the easel I inherited from my grandfather. As a child of around 5, my father bought my sister and I sketch pads and set up little still life arrangements for us to draw, so art is pretty much coded in.

Education

I was very fortunate to be sent as a rather low income child to King Edward VII in Johannesburg, a rather excellent government school with the equally excellent Ulrich Louw as the art master.

Post-school afternoons in the sun-beamed art room painting watercolours and posters is still the best memory I have of school. Uria Heep and Deep Purple blasting away on my battered tape deck…

Career

As an adult I was in the right time and place when CGI first came to SA in its most primitive early form (does anyone out there actually remember a 286 computer?!), and I rode that wave as it broke over the local broadcast and video scene, notching up some notable firsts and winning a pile of now forgotten awards. Eventually the forces of my life conspired to steer me to art proper, which is where I am now, in my 11th year as a painter of pictures.

Artist Statement

If there’s anything like a theory to my work, it is to allow the paint to speak. The fresh immediacy of a stroke laid down outside of the strictures of thought is what allows magic to enter from the space beyond reason, and via the moment, take up permanent residence on the canvas.

My technique is pretty unorthodox. My primary tool is a small plastic bottle with a nozzle, more commonly used by ceramicists for applying decoration. Filled it with premixed oil paint thinned down so that it approaches the consistency of ink, it is effectively an oil pen. It allows fine lines impossible with a brush, and if applied with more density can be manipulated with a scrap of canvas folded up to produce a sort of pliable palette knife.

Personal quote: Don’t move unless moved.

This means I follow an internal mysterious something that arises of its own accord. It means that I never really know what will happen next, and it means that what appears on the canvas is constantly changing and often surprising.

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