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Afeefa B Alam - "Kempton Irises"
Sorry but this work has already been sold. may be willing to undertake a commission.
Oil on Board
W: 275mm x H: 305mm x D: 10mm
Approx. Weight: 0.8kg
This work is framed (but can be supplied either framed or unframed)
US$ 77 SOLD
About "Kempton Irises"
The Dietes Grandiflora also known as the Fairy Iris or Wild Iris is indigenous to SA. I came across this particular specimen while on holiday in Kempton Park,Gauteng and I was struck by the unusual deep purple of the inner inflorscence. The ones I had seen before were all much paler. Hidden in the shadow of the wall it was growing against, the combination of stark white and deep purple called out to be painted. This painting reminds me that if we pay attention we too can find hidden gems of ability that we had no idea existed in our own selves. We need to look and when we see a glimmer follow it. The Fairy Iris's flowers are ephemeral and last only a day or 2 but if well watered can flower very profusely just like our own hidden abilities. If we nuture them they can flower beyond our wildest imaginings!
About Afeefa B
Firstly my work celebrates the beauty that is constantly around us. It is homage to THE Creator; an appreciation for all that He has created. I encourage the viewer to "stop and stare" instead of rushing past in life's rat race. Secondly my work is an outlet for my own emotions; a psychological cleansing catharsis and mirror. The subject of any given work is multi- layerd. The moods and undercurrents represent my own internal preoccupations,anxieties and hopes; much of which I am unaware of until I've completed a piece and can see it reflected on the canvas. A common thread that runs through my work is my fascination with light. I love to explore the way it changes everything it touches and how the mood and atmosphere of a piece is totally reliant on the light.I am attracted to the natural world for subject matter, sky, sea, space, botanical flora and fungi amongst others. As a personal principal I refuse to accept that anything is impossible nor do I accept the limitations of human senses as being a definitive criteria for what exists and what doesn't! I like exploring the possibilities of "what ifs" and alternate realities and timelines, painted realisticaly as if they do exist.
Exhibitions at Longstreet Art Lovers 1932 Gallery in Pretoria
Largely self taught
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