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Rowena Krynauw

I started painting again 19 years ago. Oil painting is tough, technical, and hard work. Special moments are brief, yet are enough to energise and invigorate the creative mind. After years of concerted hard work, and four exhibitions in 4 years, I feel as if I am only just beginning the journey, the adventure of painting. I search for content and subject in my personal work and savour the means to express it, willing to open that expression to scrutiny.

Having studied at the University of Natal (PMB) under Professor Heath, I moved to Cape Town where I was inspired by Kevin Atkinsons teaching and worked with Erik Laubscher at the art school in Green Point.

My paintings are a diary reflecting my progress, my evolution as an artist, and are sometimes vivid reminders of my weaknesses. I attempt to remain free, with my own vision and own handwriting, working very hard at staying out of the cul-de-sac created by too many learned voices. Self-belief is hard won!

Deep and lasting impressions of my early life seem to surface when I paint. Our family were traders deeply rooted in the culture, language and traditions of those tribes amongst which we lived. I grew up isolated, but truly aware of the beauty around me people who lived with easy grace, their style and elegance born out by the tribal dress worn day to day, the beautiful countryside of the Eastern Cape, colourful beadwork and beautiful functional pottery, made so by understanding the synergy between functionality and decoration. This gave me an early, deeply ingrained love for art.

I am too aware of the realities of life, and the issues facing our beautiful country yet I choose to bring a moment of contemplation, of hope, and ultimately of enjoyment, to my canvas.

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Catherine Paynter

South African landscape painter and artist Catherine Paynter was born in 1949 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Catherine is one of the most supremely original talents of our time.

Her eclectic approach to colour and the sublime sets she depicts of still life, landscapes and animals are inspirations drawn from numerous levels of psyche and her own profound travels throughout her native land, South Africa and on to numerous other parts of the African continent. The body of work currently exhibited was influenced by travels further afield to Madagascar, India, Malaysia and Indonesia.

She paints with gouache on cotton canvas, achieving rich glowing tones in delicately superimposed layers of colour; using mica and gold, aerosol and liquid acrylic varnishes. A special collection of her works will be on display and for sale at the Imibala Gallery in Graaff-Reinet.

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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
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