My recent body of paintings have taken me in an unexpected direction.

 

Following my studies in France I had learned to be free, confident and loose. Now while retaining the human form, and in a similar direction, I shake hands with great courtesy to the abstract/minimal and head into the challenging portrayal of known personalities, capturing youth, play and relationships with every painting carrying a message - sometimes appearing as loneliness, sometime friendly intimacy, and occasionally secretive.

 

These painting are growing as I work and I see them becoming larger, stronger and perhaps once again more minimal and abstract.

 

And then again - they may not!

 

Why do we want to challenge ourselves to the very limit in our artistic work?

I believe one has the inherent need - or one does not.

 

I do know that I enjoy pushing my art to my own high bar, and I see the recent work as a natural progression challenging the very core of my own concept of humanity

A Sense of Gentleness (1)
A Sense of Gentleness (1)

Charcoal and Acrylic on Paper

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A sense of Gentleness (2)
A sense of Gentleness (2)

Charcoal and Acrylic on Paper

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Once Upon a Time
Once Upon a Time

Charcoal and Acrylic on Paper

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Ballet Class (2)
Ballet Class (2)

Charcoal and Acrylic on Paper

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Ballet Class (1)
Ballet Class (1)

Charcoal and Acrylic on Paper

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Wondering
Wondering

Acrylic on Sand Coated Paper

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Friends together
Friends together

Acrylic on Sand Coated Paper

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The Collective Rhythm (1)
The Collective Rhythm (1)

Charcoal and Ink on Paper

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The Collective Rhythm (2)
The Collective Rhythm (2)

Charcoal and Acrylic on Paper

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The Wisdom of the Ancients (1)
The Wisdom of the Ancients (1)

Charcoal and Acrylic on Paper

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The Wisdom of the Ancients (2)
The Wisdom of the Ancients (2)

Charcoal and Acrylic on Paper

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Remains of the Wall (1)
Remains of the Wall (1)

Acrylic on Paper

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Figures emerging from the Remains
Figures emerging from the Remains

Acrylic on Paper

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Figures emerging from the Remains
Figures emerging from the Remains

Acrylic on Paper

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Figures begin telling of the Story (1)
Figures begin telling of the Story (1)

Acrylic on Paper

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Figures begin telling of the Story (2)
Figures begin telling of the Story (2)

Acrylic on Paper

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African Girls - Class of Seven
African Girls - Class of Seven
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Girls Secrets
Girls Secrets
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Teenage Times
Teenage Times
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The Party
The Party
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Class of ten
Class of ten

Ink, and Gauze on Canvas covered Card

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True friends of Africa (1)
True friends of Africa (1)

Ink, and Gauze on Canvas covered Card

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True friends of Africa (2)
True friends of Africa (2)

Ink, and Gauze on Canvas covered Card

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The Men
The Men

Ink Print on Calico

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The Dancers
The Dancers

Canvas Figures on Stretched Canvas (Eumundi School Children)

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Family Hands
Family Hands
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