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

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

Charcoal and Acrylic on Paper

Once Upon a Time
Once Upon a Time

Charcoal and Acrylic on Paper

Ballet Class (2)
Ballet Class (2)

Charcoal and Acrylic on Paper

Ballet Class (1)
Ballet Class (1)

Charcoal and Acrylic on Paper

Wondering
Wondering

Acrylic on Sand Coated Paper

Friends together
Friends together

Acrylic on Sand Coated Paper

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

Charcoal and Ink on Paper

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

Charcoal and Acrylic on Paper

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

Charcoal and Acrylic on Paper

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

Charcoal and Acrylic on Paper

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

Acrylic on Paper

Figures emerging from the Remains
Figures emerging from the Remains

Acrylic on Paper

Figures emerging from the Remains
Figures emerging from the Remains

Acrylic on Paper

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

Acrylic on Paper

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

Acrylic on Paper

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

Ink, and Gauze on Canvas covered Card

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

Ink, and Gauze on Canvas covered Card

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

Ink, and Gauze on Canvas covered Card

The Men
The Men

Ink Print on Calico

The Dancers
The Dancers

Canvas Figures on Stretched Canvas (Eumundi School Children)

Family Hands
Family Hands