Anja Botes

About Rooiduin Tranquillity:

Each day brings new hope for change. The possibility of relationships restoring, health improving, dreams actualising. May each sunrise renew your hope of a better future to come.

Anja Botes
Rooiduin Tranquillity,
Oil-on-canvas,
200x250mm,
R2625

Artist Bio:

Anja Botes, a full-time artist currently residing in Malmesbury, was born in Somerset West in 1996. From a young age she had a passion for art and wanted to become a full-time artist. It, therefore, came as no surprise that her first exhibition was at Rialto in 2005, at the age of eight.

Reflecting on her journey as an artist, Anja recalls that it was in 2012, that she first fell in love with Impressionism. The ability to capture light and atmosphere left her in awe. Up until this day she still draws inspiration from this time period.

Growing up by the sea cultivated a deep admiration in her for the ocean. Anja enjoys working towards capturing its essence. She is most at ease when surrounded by nature and often draws inspiration from it, being captivated by its untainted splendour.

Throughout her career Anja has been recognised on numerous occasions for her artworks. In 2014, she received the painting practical subject prize at the art school P.J. Olivier. While studying at Stellenbosch University, she achieved a first place in the KuKo Photography, Arts and Writing Competition (PAWC), in the art division in 2015. Subsequently Anja started doing drawing and painting commissions and took part in different group exhibitions and auctions.

Anja became a full-time artist in 2018. Gaining momentum, she took on a two-month internship with artist Louis Jansen van Vuuren, at Chateau de la Creuzette, France in that same year.

Upon her return, she ran her own gallery, Artisan & Artist, for a year. She continued her work, living out her passion and at the end of 2019, she took part in group exhibition ‘Connect to the Now’ at Boomhuis Gallery, Stellenbosch. She also participated in a group exhibition at African Vineyard Guesthouse, Kanoneiland. In addition, Anja was a part of the Woordfees exhibition in Stellenbosch, titled ‘Knoop/ Knot’, curated by Louis Jansen van Vuuren and was one of the participating artists at the  A5 online exhibition curated, by Observatory Art. Currently she is participating in the ‘Art in Isolation’ exhibition at Imibala Gallery, Graaff-Reinet.

Staša Hlava

Artist Bio:

Staša Hlava is a contemporary artist working out of a studio in Somerset West. Her practice is eclectic and has spanned over 20 years starting in graphic design and moving across into fine art. Her current work can be seen as an investigation into pluralism found in post digital aesthetics. Staša’s work is academically driven but occasionally a painting of a flower or two has to be thrown into the mix just because she has a fondness for the fragile things. 

A bit about my work:

I am an eclectic artist who picks out mediums to suit a topic I’m interested in exploring. One year I might be making life size sculptures out of recycled plastic and the next I’m making miniature watercolours or painting directly onto photographs. I love experimenting in new media but always return to oil painting. Oil painting has a pull and the medium is so comfortable to me. It’s like hanging out with an old friend. I also use oil painting experiments to try and loosen up my style which can become very clinical in approach. The hazard of being a bit obsessive in my art making practice. 

"The promise of long afternoons outside, absorbed with the nature we felt robbed of by circumstance, was just what I wanted from that word ‘hope’. I used fairly loose brush strokes and drew the subjects in paint before adding colours that I feel capture that feeling of late afternoon light. I didn’t stay true to the subject rather preferring to create an air of mystery with my colour choices" Stasa Hlava
Staša Hlava
Summer Afternoon
Oil on canvas
600x900mm
R6 000

‘Summer afternoon’ was started before lockdown and was almost a hankering for the lazy late afternoon light that summer affords us. During lockdown I was unable to drive to my studio, a place I can be truly my most creative. I chose to finish the piece after lockdown and felt that it fit in very nicely with the theme of renewal of hope. The promise of long afternoons outside, absorbed with the nature we felt robbed of by circumstance, was just what I wanted from that word ‘hope’. I used fairly loose brush strokes and drew the subjects in paint before adding colours that I feel capture that feeling of late afternoon light. I didn’t stay true to the subject rather preferring to create an air of mystery with my colour choices. Leaving a bit of what’s underneath hints at the architecture of the painting, revealing its path from start to finish. I always work from photographs and love the blurring that occurs in objects further away giving them a dream like quality. To be honest I enjoyed making this piece so much that a few more are on the cards.

Education:

2001 Graphic Design Diploma

         Ruth Prowse, Cape Town

2013 Unisa, BVA Degree(Honours)

Last exhibition: South African Fine Art Print Fair, Johannesburg 2019 (ran online till early 2020)