William Olivier

ARTIST BIO:

I grew up in Roodepoort, Gauteng and moved to Cape Town in 2012. I currently live in Strand, Western Cape.

William Olivier TRANSPOSED METAMORPHOSIS
Oil on canvas
1000 1200mm
R6 750


I have been practising art informal since a young age by drawing portraits and I wanted to obtain an official art education after completing my matric, but my future was redirected, when I obtained a bursary from a major steel manufacturer, to study mechanical engineering. During my studies, I kept my creative
side alive by making jewellery and selling it to students. Not having much time to practice art for the next 20 years, switching careers multiple times between engineering and information technology environments.

William Olivier
LOST IN CONTEMPLATION
Acrylic on boxed canvas 1000 x 1000mm
R4 500

I decided it was time again to invest in my passion for creating art. ln June 2016. I discovered my talent for creating sculptures during a ceramic and sculpture workshop. I have since embarked on a journey to
develop my hidden talent to transform ideas into sculptures and paintings.

My other passion is to capture by means of portrait painting, a moment in time, of a person. The moment
being an achievement in their career, a special event or a breakthrough moment.


Past group exhibitions and achievements:

. Top 40 Finalist VULEKA exhibition 2021. Atl Association of Bellville
. Top 250 Finalist Portrait Awards 2021, Rust en Vrede Gallery
. Sculpt 2019, The fiIelrose Gallery, Melrose Arch
. art@clocktower, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town (20’18-2019)
. Bright Street Gallery, Somerset West. (2018)


Norman Field

Artist Bio:


ln 1956 I obtained the U.K. equivalent of a matric pass in art. This unremarkable event brought to an end my formal art training.

Norman Field WAITING FOR WIND Oil on canvas board 400 x 500mm R2 700


For the next 63 years, I became, like many others, an occasional weekend painter, using the age-old method of self-taught, namely trial and error. Landscapes and townscapes are my preferred subjects.
However, in 2019 I closed my architectural practice in Somerset West and began to paint on a much more regular basis.

Norman Field OVERBERG SOLITUDE
Oil on canvas
300 x 400mm
R2 700


I feel that this has steadily improved the quality of my work, which hopefully, can continue.
My only problem is that I might be running out of time!

Norman Field
PENINSULA Oil on canvas
400 x 400mm
SOLD

Lily Brannon

Artist Bio:

It takes courage to be exposed.

It takes vulnerability to grow.

It takes a willingness to create.

Lily Brannon A NEW SONG
Red wine on paper
R9 000

Lily Brannon was born on 5 February 1992 in Johannesburg. From a young age, she has been experimenting with all types of natural mediums with which to create. She used anything from beetroot and spices in the kitchen to leaves, flowers, and mud from outside and rubbed or crushed them on old ceiling boards and newspapers. Over the years Lily has explored more sophisticated mediums like oil paint, ink and charcoal, but she states that her favourite mediums are red wine and charcoal. Using these mediums enables Lily to create from that experimental playfulness that she had as a little girl. Wine is layered in symbolism. It holds a story of transformation from the moment the farmer plants a vineyard right through to the glass in your hand – much like the transformation of charcoal. 

Most of her artworks explore the paradoxical meaning found in human existence. According to her, “it is only when we come to terms with the complexity of life that we are permitted to surrender to creative expression, true freedom and growth.” This complex yet delicate balance between joy and hardship is not only revealed in her art but also in the symbolism of her name Lily (pureness) Brannon (sorrow). Sorrow and suffering play an integral part in bringing us closer to the pureness of our being and exposing our true selves. Just as a vine has to be pruned and its fruit pressed and crushed to make a beautifully complex wine, so we as humans are transformed by our hardships. We learn to rise above our circumstances and gain wisdom, insight and strength. This theme is an integral part of Lily’s own journey. Through her art, she strives to be a voice for the underdog, the mistreated and the ones that fall through the cracks. 

In her latest charcoal series titled “To be human” Lily explores the similarities between different human experiences. Through this, she strives to question the emphasis our society places on categorising humans, especially in South Africa. Her artworks guide the audience through a process of acknowledging the concept of the “other” and reconciling that with the identity of the “self”. This will hopefully challenge and shift the perspective of the audience, helping to foster an understanding of the “other” and inspiring a change in human behaviour. How could we not change if we see that every “you” is just another “me”? 

Lily currently resides in Cape Town where she is working on her career as an artist. She frequently hosts social art events and art classes to promote art and self-expression.

Debbie Farnaby

Shellac is a resin secreted by the female lac bug on trees in the forests of India and Thailand. It is farmed and harvested with no harm coming to the bugs themselves. It is processed and sold as dry flakes which are then dissolved in alcohol to make liquid shellac which is used as a brush-on colourant, food glaze and wood finish – it is the primary element in French polish wood finishes. it functions as a tough natural primer, sanding sealant and high gloss varnish and is great at sealing out moisture.

Debbie Farnaby I AM HERE
Fired clay wax finish
R1 800

For fired ceramics, shellac provides a protective cold finish to the piece and dissolving stains and oxides in the shellac and wax components can provide a range of interesting patinas to the finished piece.

Debbie Farnaby FREEDOM
Fired clay with shellac finish
R2 100

To apply shellac, dissolve the flakes in alcohol overnight and then strain to remove any remaining debris. Add the chosen stains and oxides to the liquid shellac and apply to the piece using a paintbrush. It is better to do multiple thin coats as opposed to a single thick coat and this also provides more depth and variation to the patina. Once the shellac is completely dry, dissolve the wax in mineral turpentine. You can add whatever oxides or stains you want to the wax and stipple this onto the piece using a paintbrush. Once the wax had dried you buff and polish the piece. The wax pushes back the natural gloss of the shellac and allows the colours embedded in the shellac and wax to blend.

Debbie Farnaby AWARENESS
Fired clay with shellac finish
R2 700

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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.

Janes Barnes BRIDGING THE GAP
Acrylic on canvas, 800 x1100mm
R5 400

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 from, 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
Sold


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 of her paintings, and her choice of colours.

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

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

Jane Barnes SEASPRAY
Acrylic on canvas 800x1100mm
R5 280
Jane Barnes Waking the dawn with my song
Acrylic on canvas 1200x1500mm
R10 050

Jane Barnes, Bringing New Life,
Acrylic on canvas 590x860mm,
R2 250