The Finger of God (Namibia)
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The Finger of God (Namibia)
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Oil on Canvas
W: 885mm x H: 590mm x D: 10mm
W: 35" x H: 23" x D:
Approx. Weight: 1.5kg
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About "The Finger of God (Namibia)"
The Rock Formation known as "The Finger of God" or Mukurob (in the local venacular), near Asab in Namibia, was a sandstone rock formation in the Namib Desert which collapsed on 4 December 1988.
Only debris is left from this rock pinnacle that once dominated the surrounding desert landscape.
I had the privilege of seeing Mukurob in person when in my Standard 9 year and I vowed to paint the scene that was imprinted on my mind...
Two years later in 1979 I painted a smaller version from a slightly different angle - which has been in my parents' private collection ever since.
Then in 1990 - 13 years after my initial personal encounter with Mukurob - the work on offer saw the light.
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Barry was born in Delmas (South Africa) and grew up in Potchefstroom - on the banks of the tranquil Mooi River.
This is also where he first discovered that putting pen (pencil) to paper meant more than merely having to scribble words in an attempt to be understood by whoever the reader may - or may not - be.
He learned that drawing and creating 3 dimensions on a flat surface ... where different created perspectives could literally draw the "reader" into the scene ... was something that really gripped his imagination and kept him busy for hours unending.
Miss Saayman - a Grade 4 teacher (also Art Teacher) at Barry's Primary School - invested time and attention in a young Grade 1 chap's life and developed the love for drawing even further. What a lady - and even though she's long since passed on - Barry would honor her memory and her tenacity & tireless encouragement of a young lad in the years between 1967 & 1973.
Throughout the years following matriculation (1978) Barry has completed a large number of Paintings - using only Oil as medium - on commission from a variety of people & companies who came to know his art.
Barry has also repaired & restored a number of works - on request from art lovers in South Africa.
Active painting pretty much came to a halt in about 1993 due to ministry related time constraints.
A little more background & info about the artist...
Barry & Petro (his wife) are both freelance Photographers. Barry has been involved with freelance & semi-professional photography since 1980 to the present. Barry did a lot of Black & White (monochrome) work in the 1980's (in his own darkroom) and used Ansel Adams' Zone System to great effect and success. Film - during the 35mm days -were bought in 100ft rolls and the Chemicals needed for the Zone System's 2 bath film developing process were mixed in-house.
Then came the digital era ... and Photoshop.
Barry & Petro now lives in a quaint little town nestled between the Mountain Ranges of the Klein Karoo and the sea - in the Southern Coastal Region of the Western Cape Province of South Africa - and the stifled desire to put brush to canvas has recently been allowed to ... Air the studio / the brushes & pallet knifes / and the well used & weathered easel.
New works from Barry's Studio will be forthcoming...
Diploma in Photography, Diploma, BTh Degree
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