Bert is a painter living on the shore of a large dam in the Elgin Valley of the Western Cape in South Africa. When he retired from farming in 2000, he was able to engage more fully in his favourite pastime: painting. Working mainly in acrylics, his work has a contemporary feel with a graphical aspect as a result of his engineering background.
Bert likes cheerful images in bright colours, reflecting his optimistic view of life. Currently, he paints mostly quirky large portraits or flowers that bloom around him.
Most of his paintings are 1,2 meter square on canvas, large enough for accents in modern homes or business reception areas.
Paintings by Bert Touwen displayed in previous Bright Street Gallery exhibitions:
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“Colour is an important element in my art and the feeling and mood that different hues and shades can convey and create.” – Jalaun Schultz
I am a self-taught artist that resides in Somerset West. Some of my earliest memories are of me drawing – creating has always been my passion. However, it took o few years to get back to that desired place. After obtaining a qualification in law and spending a few years working – I finally had the time to breathe and focus on creativity after my daughter was born, as I stopped working full time.
Painting for me has always been a joy – a need to express the astounding beauty that often surrounds us often in the small and overlooked things such as a bright yellow lemon from my tree in the garden. The incredible detail in creation never ceases to amaze me and being able to interpret a fraction of that on a canvas is awe-inspiring.
My painting style is realistic, with the occasional nod towards abstraction, to incorporate additional unexpected elements – even if it’s just in the background of o particular artwork. Finding the perfect balance between realism and abstraction is a process that fascinates me – a journey, not just to point out what I see but also what I feel. Artists who inspire me have perfected balancing these opposite ends of the scale.
Additionally, colour is an essential element in my art, as the different shades and hues can set the mood or feeling of a piece.
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)
“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’m tying to capture those moments in our environment that uplift us and cause us to stop for a second.
– Matthew Cooke
Pen sketching and watercolour have drawn me into a journey into sketching landscapes, architecture and experiments.
Growing up I had a grandfather who painted very classically styled watercolour landscapes and I gave it a go back then. I lost the urge for a long time after. Last year’s lockdown and all the stress that came with it, together with inspiration from my sister who has been painting for a while now, spurred me on to begin this journey that has turned into a bit of an obsession. Working from my own Instagram photos as well as others that I find all over the place online, I have been thoroughly enjoying the combination of loose penwork and watercolour.
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