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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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).
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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.
My art is an attempt at capturing the innate beauty of the natural world the flowers, plants, birds, and landscapes that surround me.
I grew up in the’80s in Cape town, right at the tip of the African continent where the indigenous fynbos abounds. Without any formal training, I’ve been creating art in some form or another my whole life. Having studied both culinary arts and linguistics, I’ve always had a love for creating something from nothing, be it with food, words, or paint.
Today I create artworks inspired by Nature in my home studio in Kommetjie. Using primarily soft pastels and watercolours, I try to capture the sense of joy and deep calm that my subjects fill me with.
My art is not a denial of the ugliness and injustices of this world but a celebration of the beauty that exists despite it. This beauty is free to all of us who are willing to see it.
Artwork from Anneke that was displayed in previous Bright Street Gallery exhibitions: