Charmé Southey

 “Art is a longing. You never arrive but you keep on going in the hope that you will” – A.Kiefer

The inspiration behind “HOMEWARD”:

“Homeward” During daylit hours there are strong bright colours . Orange is the last remaining colour of the day before night falls.. and it brings a fading landscape to life for a few minutes

Charmé Southey HOMEWARD
Mixed media on canvas
600 x 800mm
R8 000

I am best known for realistic watercolours. My art has been making a change in the last few years. Trying new techniques excites me and pushes me to new boundaries and ways to express myself. Painting intuitively brings out paintings I thought I would never do. It is about the process and enjoyment of creating art that I love. The flow of dripping wet paint and bold strokes….the changing of colours on paper using watercolours,  painting wet on wet.

She is an administrator of the International Watercolour Society of South
Africa and the founder of Country sketchers in Hermanus. Also a member of urban sketch groups in Cape Town and Stellenbosch.

“I was in awe of the magnificent flowers and breath-taking
colours.” – Charmé Southey

Charmé Southey GARDEN GLORY Acrylic on canvas 870 x 700mm, Framed R15 000

The inspiration behind “Garden Glory”

The inspiration for ‘Garden Glory’ emanates from a recent spring visit to Elgin
Open Gardens. I was in awe of the magnificent flowers and breath-taking
colours.

If you are interested to purchase any of the artwork on display click the link below to contact the Gallery.

Norman Field

Artist Bio:


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.

Norman Field WAITING FOR WIND Oil on canvas board 400 x 500mm R2 700


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.

Norman Field OVERBERG SOLITUDE
Oil on canvas
300 x 400mm
R2 700


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!

Norman Field
PENINSULA Oil on canvas
400 x 400mm
SOLD

The Winds of Change – group exhibition is Open to View!

Bright street Gallery’s latest group exhibition features an eclectic mix of Paintings and complementing Sculptural Ceramics inspired by the Winds of Change theme.

Participating Artists paintings: Anni Angus, Jane Barnes, Lily Brannon, Maritza Breitenbach, Belita Burger, Norman Field, William Olivier, Anneke Potgieter, Jalaun Schultz, Charme Southey, Aiden Taillard, Linda du Toit, Bert Touwen, Diane White, Marion Langton

Participating Artists Ceramics: Anja Appy, Lorraine Sykes, Samarie Smith-Meletiou, Jeanine Bourgonje, Debbie Farnaby, Evette Kruger, Helen Wiggin, Ruby Tinelli, Bronwyn Lewis

This exhibition is open to view until the end of April 2022.

Gallery hours:

Tuesday – Friday: 10 am – 4pm

Saturday: 9 am – 12:30 pm

Email: brightstreetgallery@gmail.com or visit www.brightstreetgallery.com
(+27) 21 851 2520
33 Bright Street, Somerset West, 7130

Ankia Joubert

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.

Ankia Joubert EQUANIMITY I
Acrylic on boxed canvas 750 x 750mm
R10 650

“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.

Ankia Joubert ECHO
Oil on boxed canvas 500 x 700mm
R8 250

” Echo”

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

Erna Groenewald

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

Artist Bio:

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.

Erna Groenewald REMINISCENE
Oil on canvas sheet, framed 290 x 340mm
R2 700


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)
  • Freelance Graphic Designer (1999 – 2002)
  • PGCE UNISA (2015)
  • Art Teacher (2003 to 2021)