Allen Hart

Artist Statement

Allen Hart

My art is an expression of the search for beauty and the appreciation of life itself. I believe that beauty is something that should be searched for. It is all around us and it is something that we long for but cannot always obtain for long. Beauty is found in glimpsing moments, in fleeting conversations and often in acts of kindness and giving. My art expresses the continues search for those precious moments and the struggle of man as a sojourner through this confusing world.

Diane White

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Artist Bio:

I love to paint an idea rather than reality.  My work is loose, in vibrant, bright colours.  Bold brush strokes excite me.  My way of working has evolved over many years, and for a long time now I have painted every day.  I paint a variety of subjects from landscape to figures, mainly in acrylics, inks and watercolours.  It is the flow and excitement of these media which inspire me.  My art encompasses who I am: always looking for new challenges and new ways of expressing myself.

I have a bold and dynamic approach to the creation of a new painting.  I take my inspiration from a landscape or an element from nature, and I internalise the image. 

The image becomes a feeling, then an idea in my mind which I translate onto canvas using bold brush strokes and bright, vibrant colours.  I then step back, I contemplate and compare with the idea in my head.  I refine, I rework parts of the canvas until I am satisfied.  And if, on viewing the painting the observer gets a sense of that feeling, I am gratified.

I am a prolific artist and even though my work is constantly evolving I have an individual and recognisable style.  I love to experiment so that I can grow as an artist.  I am always open to new ideas and techniques and am gradually becoming more involved with the contemporary art scene.

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Artist’s Résumé

Born and educated in Manchester, England, Di studied art under Harold Riley, one of England’s top artists.  She arrived in South Africa in 1971 and worked for many years as an architectural draughtswoman in Somerset West. After raising her family Di took up painting again in the mid-1990s.

Di’s work hangs in many private collections around the world. She is represented in various galleries in South Africa and has her own studio in Somerset West.

She loves to experiment with different techniques, styles and media so that her work is constantly evolving and changing.  Her dynamic subject matter includes landscapes, cityscapes, seascapes, figures, portraits and flowers.

Di has been a member of the South African Society of Artists since 2005 and from 2010 to 2014 and again in 2018, chaired the Western Cape Artists’ Society.

Artist, Di White

Recent awards and exhibitions:
2019

Best Acrylic Award at WCAS (Western Cape Artists’ Society) annual member exhibition. Highly commended (Acrylic) in the WCAS Annual Merit exhibition. Participated in South African Society of Artists’ SA Art Exhibition at Kirstenbosch Gardens.

2018

‘Best in Class’ Top Gem – Acrylic and Commended Acrylic in the Western Cape Artists’ Society (WCAS) “Little Gems” exhibition. Participated in South African Society of Artists’ SA Art Exhibition at Kirstenbosch Gardens and Greyton Art walk in Greyton.

2017

Highly Commended (mixed media) in the South African Society of Artists’ Annual Exhibition.

2016

Top Gem in the Western Cape Artists’ Society (WCAS) “Little Gems” exhibition; highly commended (Watercolour) and commended (Acrylic) in the WCAS Annual Merit exhibition.

2015

Best acrylic in Western Cape Artists’ Society (WCAS) Annual Merit exhibition. Finalist in the Tollman Finlayson Art Award (Hermanus Fynarts)

Highly commended (Watercolour) and commended (Acrylic) in the WCAS ‘Across the palette’ exhibition

A great opportunity to invest in art: limited special offers at Essence of the Cape group exhibition.

“My son in law took a beautiful photo of the picturesque Hangklip Mountain here in Pringle Bay and I instantly knew that I had to paint this pic. After finishing it he offered to buy it from me. I had already committed the painting to be marketed by Bright Street Gallery.” – Artist, Doug Phillips

HANGKLIP, PRINGLE BAY, OIL ON CANVAS, 900X1600MM, NOW SELLING AT R11 250
Artist Doug Phillips, with ” Hangklip, Pringle Bay”

Hangklip, Pringle Bay, Oil on canvas, 900x1600mm, now selling at R11 250

Closed for lockdown – Open online

Due to the nation-wide lockdown, Bright Street Gallery will be closed for 21 Days. The good news is, we are open online, click the links below: 

Over the next weeks, the Essence of the Cape group exhibition online catalogue will be available to view on our website.

Bright Street Gallery thanks you for your continued support and wish you and your loved one’s health and safety in these turbulent times.

27-30 September 2019 – Online Art Auction

Bright Street Gallery is proud to host an online auction to be held on 27-30 September 2019 via our Website and Facebook page Bright Street Gallery – online Art auction. Selected works for New Beginnings Group exhibition will be on auction.

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27-30 September 2019 – Online Auction Catalogue

Participating Artists include:

Trushka Badenhorst

Zach Mukwira

Mark Sanders

“Lion” by M. Sanders, Oil on canvas, 600x900mm, R3240

Christine Cherry Jones

“Nude with Yellow chair” by Christine Cherry Jones, Oil on canvas, framed, R3800.00

Melinda Brummer

“I Found You” By Melinda Brummer, Oil on canvas, R2280

Karen Litson

Belita Burger

” All that Glitters..” by Belita Burger, Mixed media, 1010x500mm R5280

Laurette van der Merwe

“A New Day, a new season” by Laurette van der Merwe, Fibre art, R890

Jennifer Johnstone

“Rocks looking towards Hermanus” by Jennifer Johnstone, Oil on canvas, framed, R4800.00

Helmuth von Michaelis

” Oleander” by Helmuth von Michaelis, high quality Print on Hahnemühle German Etching Paper, framed, 900x800mm, R5000.00

Carmen Gordon

Xenia Hulme

Xolani Sivunda

“Beginning of a new light” by Xolani Sivunda, Acrylic on board, R4800.00

Clea Witte

Joseph Chikwenhere

“Owl” by Joseph Chickwenhere, Resin Driftwood, R1200

Doug Phillips

Joy Meyer

Cornelie Wolff,

“Waiting” by Cornelie Wolff, Oil on Canvas, R1440

Alyson Guy

“Where am I going” by Alyson Guy, Oil on canvas, R2400

Sanet Visser

“Progressive Change III” by Sanet Visser, Monoprint, R1000

Anja Appy,

Lisa Furness

“Tangle IX” by Lisa Furness, Pen and Ink, R420

Diane White