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I am passionate about nature, the wonder of creation and the joy of discovery it brings.
I studied Architecture at the University of Pretoria. I believe that the principles of design and composition that I learned at this time without the influence of a school of painting, laid the groundwork for a very open approach to painting. During this time I also had the opportunity to develop my photographic skills, further honed during a year spent as photographer for [0x1]PARATUS[0x1] magazine while completing my National Service.
I worked in architecture for about 10 years, always with a yearning to do sculpture full time.
However, I started out painting, exploring colour!
I find that this exploration of colour is a continuos thread in my work. The other element that has found a place in my work is sculpture. I use cast panels, mounted above the canvas, or even relief work onto the canvas. I find the combination of paint and sculpture a fascinating exploration of space.
Another stint full-time architecture work led to the medium I am currantly exploring, Digital Photography and image manipulation.
In July 1996 I exhibited my first paintings. I had entered 3 paintings in the Empangeni region of the Kwazulu-Natal Bienale Exhibition. The Empangeni Cultural museum hosted the exhibition. The next was a painting, 'Grunter', that I had entered for the Natal Society of Art 'Food Glorious Food' exhibition. It was on exhibition in their old Overport Gallery, Durban.
I held my first solo exhibition on the 31st of August 1996, at 10 Lala Crescent, Mtunzini, in Kwazulu-Natal. The exhibition was opened by Albert van Jaarsveldt, a Mtunzini historian. I exhibited 25 painting. A mix of Acrylic, Oil and Pastels.
My next exhibition was a shared exhibition with Jane L. Wiles, at 10 Lala Crescent, Mtunzini, on the 1st of March 1997. I exhibited twenty paintings.
My third exhibition, 'Innocence has two faces', was opened by Dr Andre Keyser on the 25th of April 1998, at plot 617, Kameeldrift, Pretoria. I exhibited 35 works.
My fourth exhibition, "hands on" was opened by Mr Servaas Venter on the 31st of March 2000. at plot 617, Kameeldrift, Pretoria. I exhibited 39 works. I also exhibited four digitaly created numbered inkjet prints.
My 5th solo exhibition “building elamental” was opened by Sidney Miller, Archeologist and Architectural Conservationist. Exhibition opened 9 November 2007 at the offices of Andre Du Preez Architects, Pretoria. It consisted of 25 Limited Edition digital prints on paper. An exploration of the digital medium looking specifically at buildings and the construction process. Man interacting with his environment.
Studied Architecture at the University of Pretoria
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