Above, Below
Above, Below

Worked some more on an old painting. It´s about the cycle of life.

Im Westen Nichts Neues
Im Westen Nichts Neues

This painting is inspired by the book, Im Westen Nichts Neues (All’s Quiet On The Western Front) by Erich Remarque. This is a rich narrative, at times humorous, dreamy, frantic and tragic . He describes how men turn into animals on the battlefield, while at the same time noting the brimstone butterflies flitting here and there across the killing fields, the larks and his daydreams about life at home. Another source of inspiration came from German French and British poets who took part in the slaughter.

I incorporated real ww1 photographic images from the front with a loose botanical style for the plants and birds. Butterflies emerge from the mud, larks flutter down and perch on the deadly barbed wire. Daisies and poppies push their way through no man’s land.

Buildings in Disintegration
Buildings in Disintegration

Inspired by hours of night time walks around Berlin. The intensity of the street lamps tends to make the buildings bend, giving the feeling that they disintegrate into the night sky.

A Dream Of A Carpet In The Woods
A Dream Of A Carpet In The Woods

Worked further on adding more colour to this painting. Added the butterflies to break up the branches and add movement to the top half of the painting. This painting is based on a dream of a carpet flowing into the woods.

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Camps Bay Cat In Window
Camps Bay Cat

This is a part of a window series. In the distance are typical large granite boulders hugging the coastline, which is red,pink and orange clay, green foliage and stark deep blue ocean. Amongst the rocks are two old-fashioned tin kayaks, which were popular when my grandmother was young in the 1920s. On New Years day in the 20′s or 30′s, 5 friends of my grandmothers disappeared whilst out rowing in Bakoven (just outside of Camps Bay, a suburb of Cape Town).

Sea Building
Sea Building

This building is the Ernst Reuter Gebäude in Tiergarten, Berlin. I like the warm stone with the dark little windows and thought that it metamorphosing into water could be interesting. The seagulls and the seals are a memory of Cape Town. They swim and fly in and out of the water in the symbol of  ’everlasting’ to show the interconnectedness of different elements of nature.

Embassy Metamorphosis
Embassy Metamorphosis

Here, a cheerless embassy building metamorphosises into trees before our eyes.

Through The Window
Through The Window

Inspired in part by longing to return to Cape Town and of the dramatic death of poet, Ingrid Jonker.