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Frans Mulder

Frans Mulder was born in 1955 and educated in Cradock, Eastern Cape. He received a Diploma in Fine Arts at the Port Elizabeth Technikon in 1975. He currently lives in Napier. He was involved in Architectural Space Planning in South Africa, and also did a stint in New York in the 1980s as Director of Design. He subsequently spent time in the Tourism and the Design Industry (until 2004), before getting back into art and relocating to Bedford in the Eastern Cape, from where he ran his studio on a farm which was in close proximity to game farms. Frans then moved to his studio to Napier in the Western Cape. Frans has exhibited his work throughout South Africa, and many of his artworks are now in collections and homes in both South Africa and abroad. Frans is concentrating on his passion for wild dogs in his portfolio. The subjects for the works are all taken from life. The Wild Dogs are an endangered species which are being reintroduced to the Eastern Cape in selected reserves. Frans uses the images of the wild dogs to translate them into artworks - the images are used as reference only and not to paint a photographic record. His rhinoceros study (Long Tom) was of a white rhinoceros in a provincial reserve in the Eastern Cape and had the longest horn recorded: over 1m in length. This painting was donated to WESSA (Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa), and all monies raised from the sale of it were donated to Rhino Research. Frans Mulder shows the lives of Wild Dogs at their den by means of observing them, reflecting in his mind the power and constant movement of them, and then transferring that information to large sheets of paper. Using a method of making marks, partly erasing them, making more marks, and reconstructing the structure and movement of the images, these drawings become works of art rather than just photographic image representations. Big in scale, the images of the dogs, sometimes larger than life, move and bounce over the paper just as they do over the veld. Frans expresses his passion for animals in his wild life paintings and he has recently focused his attention on the survival of the endangered wild dogs. These are now the subjects of most of his works and are taken from live interaction with the animals.

Thunderstorm horse
Silver shine
Horse in fade
Equus Rampant no1
Horse and rust
David Kuijers
Rowena Krynauw
Anton Smit
Amber Moir
Sharon Strydom
Alex Hamilton
Vicki Thomas
Andre Stead
Robin Kutinyu
Mary Visser
Catherine Paynter
Eric Eatwell
Lucie De Moyencourt
Theo Paul Vorster
Paula van Coller-Louw
Victor Kirov
Emil Sogor
Gerhard van Eck
Laurinda Belcher
Liffey Joy
Zach Mukwira
Max Kuijers
Tracy Payne
Johann Booyens
Lynne-Marie Eatwell
Claudia Gurwitz
Mark Chapman
Catherine Brennon
Isabel Mertz
Barbara Wildenboer
Esther Mahlangu
Jenny Parsons
Sarah Walters
Strijdom van der Merwe
Adriaan Diedericks
Herman van Nazareth
Zarah Cassim
Mark Hilltout
Chloe Townsend
Andile Dyalvane
Isabella Kuijers
Andrew Barlow
Erin Chaplin
Allesandro Pappada
Walter Battiss
Alastair Barnes
Rado Kirov
Bruce Little
Maritha Van Ameron
Gabrielle Raaff
Gabriela Orzechowski
Catherina Pagani
Marlene Von Durckheim
Zizipho Poswa
Monique du Plessis
Lawrence Brennon
Mia Louw
Janco De Beer
Wilma Cruise
Mind Shana
Sibonelo Chiliza
Wilna Eloff
Lotti Van Der Byl
Lynn Giles
Frans Mulder
Candice Dawn Blignaut
Cathy Layzell
Astrid Dahl
Ferdinand Kidd
Marguerite Roux
Rentia Retief

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