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Amari's paintings are nothing less than a range of cabarets on canvas. The same as in music, her work tells the stories of ordinary people and their experience of life. The modern style reminds strongly of the "off-beat" character of Jazz and Blues.
Born in South Africa in 1939, she matriculated at the Middelburg High School (Tvl) with fine arts as an examination subject. Thereafter she follows a fine arts specialization course at the Potchefstroom Teachers Training College. She commenced her career as a teacher and was eventually seconded to Sebokeng and Sharpville Teachers Training College - where she taught Art & Culture for 18 and a half years. For her D. Phill studies the objective was to give some perspective on cultural growth which influenced the development of the human race.
As a cultural historian, Dr. Amari lives her life researching the lifestyle norms and values of South Africa's rainbow nation. Through her research, career and everyday life, she makes contact with various cultures, people and places. These experiences reflect positively in her paintings.
Since she can't separate her personal life from her art, this passion for South Africa's collourful people and their thoughts, way of doing, joy, heartbreaks, doubts, hope, and faith is manifested in sensitive works of art. Easily bored, Amari constantly seeks new cultural experiences, enjoying it in a childlike manner. Her character is further displayed in the strong, clearly impulsive lines and bright collours. Her habit of softly-lovingly jesting with her own and others weaknesses also runs through as a definite sub-theme.
As the Love Bird watches quietly, compellingly, from it's position of veiled dominance,
the Dove of Peace shouts it's message to all who are receptive.
Permanent exhibition at her studio, the River castle gallery, 4 Beethoven street, Vanderbijlpark
(D. Phill) in 1998.
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