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Oil on Canvas
Oil on gallery wrapped canvas
W: 900mm x H: 400mm x D: 40mm
W: 35" x H: 16" x D: 2"
Approx. Weight: 2kg
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Shells are symbolic to me and in a way reminds me of human beings. All the different shapes, textures and sizes of the shells symbolize diversity. Shells gave shelter to an animal that once lived in them, giving protection, just like a uterus protects a foetus. Sometimes we might say to somebody that is perhaps shy, you need to get or crawl out of your shell. In other words, show to the world who you really are or allow people to get to know the real you. Although shells symbolize protection, they also symbolise fragility at the same time as they are very fragile and can break easily. As human beings we can also feel fragile physically, mentally or emotionally. The shells we pick up along the beach most of the time, do not have any living animals in them and thus the shell is the only proof of their existence once upon a time. These animals have perhaps died and the beautiful shells remain, which symbolises to me the human being[0x1]s desire to leave behind some sort of inspiring legacy.
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View all 22 works by Leana de Villiers
Leana de Villiers was born in 1969 and grew up in the Little Karoo, Western Cape and currently lives in Somerset West, South Africa.
Since childhood de Villiers has always been a naturally creative person. She believes in the power of dedication, hard work, perseverance and persistence. "Painting is what I do; it forms an integral part of my being, my existence, it's my meditation. The Artists Curse is part of the daily struggle; however at the same time the driving force that pushes oneself and ones abilities further and further, striving to satisfy the Artist's soul." -Leana de Villiers
De Villiers has a fascination with how light affects her subject matter and likes to push the contrasts between lights and darks, yet keeping it subtle and realistic at the same time. She mainly works in oils, her first love and acrylics/mixed media on occasion. Her inspiration mostly comes from nature and the world around her.
Member of the Western Cape Art Society
I paint my past, my present and my future; my reality, my dreams, needs and desires, which all fills my subconscious mind and spills over onto the canvas. What I put onto canvas comes from my core, every fiber within myself, from every thought and every life experience I have. One may not be fully aware of this always, but your subconscious is informing your decisions all the time in life, and especially when you are making your art.
In my paintings my main aim is to capture emotion, harmony and balance while at the same time I respond to the effects of colour, light, atmosphere and the feelings stirred up within my being when painting and viewing the subject matter.
I enjoy utilizing the characteristics that the paint offers in terms of tonal values, transparency, opaqueness, warm and cool colours to create depth in my paintings.
On the back of each painting you will find the following information: Reference Number, Title of painting, size and substrate information, medium the work was painted in, my name and full signature as proof of authenticity.
I take pride in my work and believe in delivering high quality art work.
2016- 7 October to 25 November: Group Exhibition "Abstraction" at Bright Street Gallery, Somerset West
2015- 5 December to 31 January: Masque Theatre, Muizenberg
2015- 6-7 June: "I AM" (Independent Art Movement) Group Exhibition, Franschhoek
2014- 20 May to 11 April - Twitter Art Exhibition, Orlando, Florida, U.S.A: 'Karoo Farm Cottage' was one of the first paintings to sell on opening night.
2011- October: Solo Exhibition in the Main Gallery of the CopperFlame Gallery
2011 July (Month) - Solo Exhibition in the Wendle Room at the Virtual CopperFlame Gallery. This exhibition presented all Best In Show artists of the first 7 shows.
2011 June (1 Week) - Solo Exhibition in the Thames Room at the Virtual CopperFlame Gallery. Received award for 'BEST IN SHOW 3'.
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