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Hugo de Villiers - "Black & White Series #12"

"Black & White Series #12"

Black & White Series #12
Watercolor, US$ 60

Black & White Series #12

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Chinese squirrel brush, Chinese ink stick, Bamboo paper

W: 165mm x H: 235mm
W: 6" x H: 9"

Approx. Weight: 0.1kg

This work is unframed


US$ 60


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BWS 12/24

About "Black & White Series #12"

To take a break from painting in oils and doing some drawing, I enjoy doing studies of cat(s). We have four cats in the house offering plenty of original images to work from. I start with a light gestural pencil drawing. The final painting is done with traditional Chinese materials only: Chinese brush (squirrel no.00), Chinese solid ink grinded on a slate stone and Chinese paper (containing 10% cotton).

Hugo de Villiers

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About Hugo

On my way to work [I'm Visual Arts teacher at SACS, Newlands HS, Cape Town] in the winter mornings synthetic lights reflect bright red, amber, green and a multitude of cold and warm contrasting reflections. I, or my shotgun pilot teenage son, take random photographs through the windshield. As can be expected, only about 1 in a 100 can be edited and prove suitable as an oil painting. I work with a limited predetermined palette before I start a series of 24 works. There is specific personal symbolism to this: My birth date making me a Scorpio - 8th Zodiac -water sign. Coincidentally (and in this instance fittingly) element 24 is Chromium (Cr), a metallic element that can take on a high polish.
The first step for me is to start with a large brush and work expressively and quickly. I then move on to smaller brushes, working slowly and making careful calculated brush marks. Challenging to me is taking care not to over-paint a work. It is very easy to kill the freshness of a work by doing too much. The question and the answer is in this instance is the same thing - knowing when to stop!
I have a solo exhibition scheduled in October at Rust & Vrede gallery in Durbanville and am working on a Winter Reflections series - traffic and streets on rainy nights.
To take a break from painting, I am currently also busy with ink studies of cats. We now have four cats in our house and they supply more than enough source material!

Price Range

US$ 57-1,430



Stellenbosch - Taal Fees x2
Various Group exhibitions [Artb in Bellville]
Solo's - Rust en Vrede [2015] & Artscape Foyer [2016]


BA Fine Art IV [Stellenbosch University]; HDE [UNISA]

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