I grew up in Roodepoort, Gauteng and moved to Cape Town in 2012. I currently live in Strand, Western Cape.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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“If I create from the heart, nearly everything works,
if from the head, almost nothing.” – Marc Chagall
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 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 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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” I want to draw the attention of the viewer to the beauty of flowers, on a larger scale than normal Nature is truly inspiring – and the Creator is truly the greatest artist of all.” – Anni Angus
I paint and draw anything that makes me smile, in any media. I am and always will be, simply put – an artist. Inspired by animals, children and nature, I focus on what inspires me – the innocence and purity of anything naturally beautiful in its simplest form, and that which gives us hope and virtue in this hectic world.
With my most recent oil painting, I tried to capture the essence of sunshine, of the sun and the colours thereof, of shadows, of light and dark and the many hues in between. Yellow is a “happy” colour…
Life is all about transformation, changing and coping with the challenges as we go along. We live our lives daily in this frantic, unpredictable world. We cannot stop the winds of change that forever lows. We can only cope by embracing it, accepting it, rising up to the challenge and coming out stronger. That’s what I feel is. And life is exactly like the stages of a flower, a flower that metamorphoses from a tiny bud, then bursts forth into a delicious aromatic spectre of strength and beauty, before ever so slowly wilting and fading away. Nature accepts change, and in turn, leaves behind a memory of beauty.
Artwork by Anni Angus from previous Bright Street Gallery exhibitions:
My name is Anni Angus. I’m usually a monochromatic artist who enjoys the technical side of drawing – that being pen and ink pointillism and graphite. But every alternate month or two I love to pick up my oil paints and paint again. I like to swing from one medium to another it challenges and teaches me. Life after all is a learning process.
When I paint though, I like to keep it simple. I like to keep a very minimalist choice of colours on my palette – that being mainly three colours, but never more than four. ln this case l get an overall softer effect when mixing them, and the colours seem to flow into each other and the whole picture seems to “blend” together and come together almost effortlessly.
For the summer colours exhibition, I chose to do two big floral works in oil of my favourite flower – peonies. I love the flowing movement that peonies seem to have, their intricate petals and the “delicateness” of it, I also want to draw the attention of the viewer to the beauty of flowers, on a larger scale than normal. Nature is truly inspiring – and the Creator is truly the greatest artist of all. I have called the one “Tranquillity”. By using only three colours I created various shades of green, grey and ochre. The shades of green grass, stormy clouds and sunlight. The tranquillity of sunlight shining through parting clouds after a rainy day. The other one, “Awakening” was painted on a black background with four colours. The colours of a sunset and a sunrise, a brilliant beautiful soft light that bursts forth into a new day, giving everyone hope.
We are truly blessed to live here in the Western Cape, one of the most beautiful in the world!
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