Jane Barnes

“If I create from the heart, nearly everything works,

if from the head, almost nothing.” – Marc Chagall

Artist statement:

My distinctive, abstract style is the perfect expression of my spontaneous response to the world I see and experience every day.
Each painting is full of energy and created with dynamic layers of colour. Just as in life, there is always more to discover if you pause to take a moment to look. My paintings are full of unexpected hints of what lies underneath, there’s a depth to discover.
I invite you to experience my paintings; to absorb what is seen, and to revel in the elicited response that I hope to stimulate.

Jane Barnes ABUNDANCE
Acrylic on canvas
600 x 700mm
R2 700

Artist biography:

Jane Barnes has always loved to explore different ways to depict the world around her. This passion led to formal Fine Art studies, where Jane realized that she did not want to draw form, only put down colour. Through a personal journey of trauma during her studies, she found her unique voice and her own contemporary, abstract style.

Jane Barnes
FIRELIGHT
Acrylic on canvas 600x700mm
R2 700


Jane has lived in both developed and developing countries around the world, and the distinct and rich cultural experiences had a profound influence on her art. While Jane drew inspiration from the landscapes and people, it is her intuition and connectivity to the people and landscapes around her that contribute to the depth in her paintings, and her choice of colours.

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More artwork by Jane Barnes displayed in previous Bright Street Gallery Exhibitions

Jane Barnes BREAKING THROUGH
Acrylic on canvas
800 x 1100mm
R5 850
Jane Barnes SUMMER
Acrylic on canvas
800 x 1100mm
R5 850
Jane Barnes THIS IS FREEDOM
Acrylic on canvas
1200 x 1500
R12 960

Tania Lockhart

Artist Bio:

Tania Lockhart nee Strachan grew up on a farm in the Elgin Valley surrounded by orchards and the most wonderful gardens .This is where her love of flowers, landscapes and vibrant colours started. She was inspired by her beautiful surroundings and influenced by her mother Lettie Strachan who was an accomplished artist.


Many of Tania’s botanical paintings are inspired by her love of gardening and her passion for flowers. On her hikes she takes copious photographs of the beautiful fynbos along the trails , which end up on her canvases. Tania’s style is a fusion of realism and abstract art using a palate of vibrant and vivid colours.

Tania Lockhart
GROWTH SEASON
Acrylic on canvas, 610 x 760mm
R2 925

She finds the process of painting and the use of colour wonderful for the lifting of spirits especially during lockdown when “Growth Season” was created. “Growth Season’s palette was purposefully vibrant and the mood playful. The reason the painting is called Growth Season is that she sees it as a growth of style that she is working towards.

Tania has enjoyed commercial success with silk art and recently her protea paintings.She looks forward to a future of growth as an artist spending more time developing her style and is blessed to spend time painting with a very special fellow artist and friend.

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More artwork by Tania displayed in previous exhibitions at Bright Street Gallery:

Tania Lockhart
SHOALTIME
Acrylic on canvas 300x300mm
R1 500


CATH DUNCAN

Artist bio:


As a therapist and self-taught artist, l’m interested in all the ways that art and therapy intersect and enrich each other. My artwork therefore reflects many of my personal struggles and triumphs, and has also been an important part of my meaning-making and healing.


In 2013, I suddenly and unexpectedly lost 80% of my vision. My blindness affects my focal vision the most, so producing accurate colours, fine lines and textural detail is difficult for me now. But I love texture and detail very much, so I use the colours and textures already available in recycled magazine papers. I especially love the rich, vibrant colours printed on glossy magazine papers, and the way that cuttings of magazine imagery and even lettering can create interesting and unexpected textural details. Using magazine papers in this way feels like a practice of accepting and choosing to collaborate with the constraints that I live with, and finding the spaces where I still have agency and creativity. Through my artwork, l’m able to clearly see and appreciate the unique beauty and meaning that I can create, not lust in spite of my constraints, but because of my constraints.

Cath Duncan PROTEA I Mixed media 240 x 330mm, framed R1 350


Given my experiences of being a transplant recipient, adoptive mother, and specialist grief support therapist, I also deeply resonate with the metaphors of breaking apart and coming back together in new combinations. I delight in layering pieces from different beginnings together to make something new that honours all of the unique and rich textures in each layer. I love how the layering process parallels therapeutic and healing processes, where we often revisit themes, each time adding new layers of nuance, insight, and possibility.
My magazine paper collages are a celebration of the visual qualities that I can still see and appreciate: composition, colour, and light. The subjects I choose are most often simple, ordinary things in life that offer a universal kind of pleasure that’s relatively accessible to us all, regardless of our social location, such as botanicals, natural landscapes, and sky scapes.

Cath Duncan PROTEA II
Mixed media
240 x 330mm, framed
R1 350

Proteas are not only beautiful flowers. They are also deeply meaningful to me. They are very resilient plants that have adapted to survive droughts and fires. They have strong, well-developed roots, and the ability to resprout and reseed especially well after fires. Smoke and heat from fire triggers germination in the nutrient-rich ashen soil, and new life begins again after fire, only more abundant than before. When we fully embrace the vulnerability and loss of the lives in life, and build within ourselves and our communities the character traits and skills that enable us to resprout, reseed, and thrive even more than before, that is true abundance!

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Artworks by Cath Duncan featured in previous exhibitions at Bright Street Gallery

ANJA MEETER

Creative Pattern Tangling in digital format printed on canvas:

Anja Meeter
SWAMP
Digital tangle printed on canvas
600x600mm
R1 800
Anja Meeter
CROSSROADS
Digital tangle printed on canvas
600x600mm
R1 800
Anja Meeter
PINWHEELS
Digital tangle printed on canvas
600x600mm
R1 800
Anja Meeter
ABUNDANCE
Digital tangle printed on canvas
600x600mm
R1 800
Anja Meeter
FLOATING POPPY
Digital tangle printed on canvas
600x600mm
R1 800
Anja Meeter
ZIP
Digital tangle printed on canvas
500x500mm
R1 200

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Minette Kallis

Minette Kallis was born in Pretoria and grew up in Durban.
She was interested in art from a young age and attended classes at the Gay Upton School of Art from age 9 until she matriculated in 1999. She earned a Honours degree in B. Information Science specialising in Multimedia at the University of Pretoria. While at university she studied Visual Communication, Design and
Animation. After completing her degree she moved to Cape Town where she pursued a career in Software Design.

Minette Kallis FALSE BAY WAVE Acrylic on canvas 560x380mm R2 700


“Growing up near the coast, I have always had a special affinity for the ocean, The movement of light and reflection, and the almost lifelike motion of white water fascinate me.
I love trying to capture the richness of colours and tones in nature with loose, fluid brush work.”

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