Since its inception, my art making has been very much a personal journey and in many senses autobiographical. My paintings exist as a visual diary, mapping the journey I have taken from birth into adulthood, drawing from past memories, present experiences and future aspirations. Eastern spirituality and the dual nature of our selves is a consistent thread running through my work. In its broadest sense, I am exploring the interrelationship of the feminine and masculine principals within the self and the universe.
In a world out of balance I take refuge in my studio, a place where I can be alone and enter a private space of introspection and meditation. For me, painting is an intuitive process, driven more by feeling than intellect. Through art making, I am free to explore that which I believe is most necessary for my healing and the healing of our planet. My paintings are my medicine, some hang in my studio for many years before being released. By not censoring myself and having the courage to ‘dig deep’, that which lies hidden is revealed to me. However dark, however distant something might be, however morbid and disgusting…if you keep it hidden it will be a sickness, it will go in on you, it will kill you. By shining a light into the shadows I have been able to access a depth that I would never otherwise have reached in my self and my paintings. I am utterly uncompromising in my creative life. Authenticity is key.
There are no beautiful surfaces without a terrible depth.
- Friedrich Nietzche
Upcoming exhibitions:Due to the Covid19 pandemic the below listed exhibitionsand can be viewed online. I am unable to offer studio visits untill further notice. Please contact me via email for art related business.
Wild Wild Life, a group exhibition curated by Alex Hamilton.
Presented by Gallery at Glen Carlo
To view visit http://www.glencarlou.co.za and select Art Gallery
Exhibition runs till 31 May 2020
A5 Art Exhibition, a group exhibition of small works
Presented by Observatory Art
To view visit www.observatoryart.co.za
Selected works may be viewed at my studio, by appointment once lock down has been lifted.
Victoria Art Studio, 196 Victoria Road, Woodstock, Cape Town, South Africa
Cell: +27 82 4421094