Clay House II
Acrylic on Canvas,
Clay House II
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Acrylic on Canvas
W: 600mm x H: 740mm
W: 24" x H: 29"
Approx. Weight: 2.5kg
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About "Clay House II"
Expressive painting. Dealing with the drama of the Felix Trust Clay House Project. The changes from wet clay to a dry structure and subsequent transformation through the firing process: evolution; trusting the forces of the creative process.
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"For as long as I can remember, art has been for me a means of coming to terms with my immediate environment. I have to find a balance between nature and that which is man made, including the art work itself. Something universal and satisfying - something beautiful, should enter into this balance. Working in the service of these qualities, is a dynamic process which should keep me occupied for the rest of my life" (Johannesburg, January 1986.)
I have never cared to make so called 'protest art' as I do not see my way open to benefit from other people's misery.
Thijs Nel studied art at the University of the Witwatersrand and later stayed at the Citi-Internationale-des-Arts in Paris for two years. He visited India a number of times. In 1982 he started exploring clay and ceramics. He has had many exhibitions, ranging from shows at his own studio to a retrospective at the Rand Afrikaans University in 1982 and a special 50th Anniversary show in 1993.Collections:
Johannesburg Art Gallery, the Universities of Pretoria and RAU, as well as the National Museum and Arts Gallery, Gaborone.
Thijs Nel lives and works in Oudtshoorn, South Africa
More than 30 one man exhibitions since 1967 and a multitude of group shows internationally. His work is represented in many international collections.
These include amongst many others:
The Long House Foundation, New York;
The Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Canada;
Johannesburg Art Gallery, South Africa;
Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France;
National Museum and Art Gallery, Gaberone, Botswana.
His work can also be found in numerous private collections through the world, even in China.
*Some Private Collections:
Johan Schoeman, Paarl, South Africa
Johan and Elizabeth Botha, Pretoria, South Africa
Kathy and Phil Riley,Boston,USA
Allan and Orly Horwitz, Johannesburg
Connie Anderson, East Hampton, New York
Jan Armande, Chicago
Freek Bakker, Belgium
Glenn Babb, St. James, Cape Town
Dr. Adam Barnard, Oudtshoorn
Sylvia Baruch, Hampton Bays, New York
Nic and Ferda Barrow - The Barrow Family Trust, Oudtshoorn
Morris Fein, London
Lori Fitz-Gerald, New York
Natalie Fitz-Gerald, Santa Fé
Laurie Kempster, Cape Town
Eric and Bea Levine, Atlanta
Jack Lenor Larsen -Long House Reserve, New York
David Luyt and Bill van Rensburg, Stellenbosch
Tony Hodgson, London
Maitre Francois and Mme Naomi Malan, Paris
Béatrice Khadige, Paris
Brenda van der Walt, Oudtshoorn
Carol Mandel, New York
Dave Meyers. Los Angeles
Jannie Mouton, Stellenbosch
Francois and Estelle Odendal, Cape Town
Harry Oppenheimer, Johannesburg
Johan and Gaynor Rupert, Stellenbosch
Jewel Stern, Coral Gables, Florida
Prof. and Mrs Sam Wayburne, London
Jean-Claude Weill, Paris
Claude-Gerard Marcus, Paris
Corna and Herman Pieterse, Grootbrak, Mossel Bay
Michael Kallenbach, London
Robert Taylor, London
Allan Horwitz, Johannesburg
Colette Lemoine, Paris
Lilliane Frangi, Paris
Shirly and Guy Hoffman, Johannesburg
University of the Witwatersrand
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