Bright Street Art Gallery invites artists, art lovers, and collectors of art to join them on Friday 24th June 2022 for the opening of the Inspired by Beauty Art exhibition & Open Studios at 33 Bright Street
Jane Barnes, Daniek Brink, Norman Field, Stella Formanek, Sean McCormack, William Olivier, Emily Paradis, Janet Pentz, Anneke Potgieter, Elrien Schutte, Bert Touwen, Katy Yang, Diane White and featuring sculptural ceramics from The Potters Place.
In the courtyard behind the gallery, the Open Studios at The Creative Collab on Bright event will be held from 5 pm on Friday the 24th of June 2022. Ceramics and pottery by The Potters Place will be on display, Jewellery, and student work from Jumpring Jewellery Studio & Classes. View Vintage Antiques from Junkie Vintage Huys and models and crafts from the Hobby Spot.
Christelle from Bonnievale Wines will be hosting an informal wine tasting.
The first one depicts a wind storm over Stellenbosch mountain (Title – changes in the Stellenbosch landscape) and the second one is the Hippo pools on the Whale trail( Title – Constancy in a world of change).
If you are interested in the artwork on display, please contact the Gallery or click the link below:
Aiden Taillard was born and raised in the Helderberg area. From a very young age he was always drawing and since then never stopped doing art both as an escape and side hustle. When it came to starting working he chooses a career in graphic design and little did he know that this will come in handy in his later decision to become a full-time artist. Looking at his work you can see a strong automotive presence and blue-collar workmanship. His roots come from working in his father’s workshop learning all things about mechanical engineering and also learning about panel beating as well. ln, his earlier works you can see anything from animals, couples portraits and even sneaker art. Now after exploring different subjects he has found his sweet spot and that’s showing the the craftsmanship of the blue-collar worker in the automotive industry.
Having spent many years working in the equine industry, I was naturally drawn to the power and the beauty of the horse as a subject matter for my art. As I have grown as an artist I have found the urge to dig deeper into my fascination with these amazing animals, drawing on all the years of being in close contact with them.
“What is it about the horse that attracts us to them?” I have found that being in their presence is a healing experience, making me feel grounded in the present moment even when the outside world is chaotic and uncertain, It is the essence of these interactions that I seek to capture in my art, taking the viewer on a journey into the unknown world of the horse.
“Equanimity I embodies inner balance and harmony”
Throughout the creative process, I made use of several natural elements to bring about this feeling. The first is the incorporation of sea sand, mixed with heavy body acrylic, to create lively textures. The sea sand is symbolic of the ocean, which to me is a very peaceful entity that has the ability to calm a person. Balance and harmony always starts with calmness,
The second element is the use of natural Slate Blue pigment from the Joe Joubert Handmade 0il Paint collection, This natural pigment creates soft blue tones, which despite being subdued, is still vibrant and full of life. Although slate is a rather unremarkable stone it is considered by many to be a balancing stone that has the ability to balance the chakras and is seen as the perfect harmony of the elements.
These artworks are part of my whimsical, expressive series “She’s Horseman” which is inspired by my childhood love and fascination with horses. Both “Cloud” and “Wildheart” pays tribute to the incredible children stories about wild horses. Growing up, much time was spent reading these stories, as well as, watching adaptations of these stories and documentaries on wild horses (my all-time favourite being about the wild horses of the Namib). To this day people still see the wonder that is the wild horse and their many organizations, such as The Cloud Foundation, which works to protect the last surviving horses, the chakras and is seen as the perfect harmony of the elements.
‘Nostrils flared, head held high. . . the Arabian stallion turns to face it,” This painting pushes the boundary between abstraction and realism. At first glance, the viewer may only see a sea of colours, but when closely observed the head of an Arabian horse will slowly appear.
Exhibitions and accomplishments:
Equus Film Festival Art Competition Finalist 2017 Framez Art Exhibition (group exhibition) 2018- Framez Call of the Wild (group Exhibition 2018- Bright Street Gallery Western Cape Art Association members exhibition 2019 – Bright Street Gallery Avontuur Pop Up Market 2021- Avontuur Estate Restaurant
My work “Reminiscence” Oil on Canvas, was inspired by fond memories and how it can keep us going especially during times of restriction like 2020 lockdowns) instead of letting us dwell in the past. Never fear the darkness of a silhouette, there is always light behind it. Keep reaching for the light in order to create new memories
I am an Art and Design graduate, an experienced Art teacher with a passion for art, visual culture, design, self-expression, conceptual thinking, beauty and movement. My vision is to share and apply my personal perspective on how the complexities of life and the simple nature of living intersect to positively inspire us all.
Living close to the ocean and nature, experiencing its true beauty and complexity, I am inspired by its ever-changing pallet. The impact of human nature on our surroundings also don’t go unnoticed. I produce multiple artworks and projects in various formats and media. From interior design projects to fine art pieces. I draw most of my inspiration from my immediate surroundings and current state of affairs. I gather visual information and inspiration while jogging, walking and hiking along the beach and surroundings. My work is mostly figurative and aims to create social- and environmental awareness. I also create interior design pieces that are abstract with mid-century modern influences.
For the past 30 years, I have worked professionally in marketing and design, as well as teaching art to all ages. My past experience in freelance design and project management gave me insight into creative problem-solving. Previous experience as owner-manager-teacher at the Little Village Art Studio in Tokai, Cape Town further provided an avenue to share my passion for Art development, along with the multiple teaching opportunities I’ve had at various public schools across South Africa. I am currently Subject Head for Art and Design at the high school level whilst pursuing my personal art journey in my spare time.
“lt is about perspective, not perception.” (Erna,2O2O) “Mobility is not only on ability. lt is o privilege and on advantage. Keep moving.” (Erna, 2O2O)
Career & Studies:
BA (ART) Design and Art History NWU (1995)
Owner / Teacher Little Village Studio Art School (1997 – 1999)