A circular painting inspired by South African beadwork, quotations by famous South Africans, insects and plant life. From below, the insects scuttle or fly into the centre of a magnified daisy, from outwards into the sky burst birds, balloons and seeds.
The Sardine run along the east coast of South Africa is where millions of sardines or pilchards collect to spawn and happens May through to July. The shoals of silvery fish can be up to 7 km long and can be viewed by satelite image very well. Large amounts of sardines collect in the bays and small fishing boats return, men pulling the nets onto the sand. When the waves break, one can see the fish jumping in and out – an unforgettable sight, especially if greedy seals surf in and out gorging themselves.
This is also the first painting completed belonging to a body of work I’m calling the VENUS project. Basically, a small tribute to all people out there who suffer from genetic or allergic skin diseases/disorders such as vitiligo, eczema or psoriases. My venus is inspired by a professional ballet dancer, originally from Sierra Leone, called Michaela dePrince.