Above, Below
Above, Below

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

Ball Boy
Ball Boy

I could go all sentimental and simper, “where do the children play?”, but we all know where they play: at home on  their iphones! The composition is simple, but it took a while to get the right texture for the concrete.

Releasing Butterflies in the San Francisco National Cemetary
Releasing Butterflies in the San Francisco National Cemetary

This painting marks the end of the three paintings, which are dedicated to the victims of world war one. A very difficult theme, but also interesting to research. Two girls stand in the famous military graveyard of the San Francisco National Cemetary and release cages of Brimstrome butterflies. This symbolises a release  pf physical and psycological suffering. The Brimstone butterfly was mentioned in the book Im Westen Nichts Neues (All’s Quiet on the western front) by Erich Remarque. I chose the San Francisco graveyard because of the almost painterly qualities of the white stones.

Sardine Run, South Africa
Sardine Run, South Africa

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.

Beekeeping
Beekeeping

The strange side show phenomenon of bee beards inspired this piece.

Oude Kerk, Riebeek Kasteel In Spring
Oude Kerk, Riebeek Kasteel In Spring

A view of the Oude Kerk, Riebeek Kasteel. A fine old church, now used to house a museum. This artwork is on show at Moreson Manor, Riebeek Kasteel. Contact Natalie or Harold Becker 022 448 1379.

A View Of Rumelange (Rëmeleng), Luxembourg
A View Of Rumelange (Rëmeleng), Luxembourg

This is the thrid in a series of partial black and white paintings and a beautiful view we photographed in the ‘red earth’ region of Luxembourg in the South-West. I like the idea of cross-communication and am fascinated with aircraft of all kinds. These ones are plastic toy planes being thrown and circling the church, and in return the planes come towards the boy from the distance.

Riebeek Kasteel, Yellow Balloons And A Dancing Girl
Riebeek Kasteel, Yellow Balloons And A Dancing Girl

This is the fourth painting in a series of 30cm x 40cm canvasses. my new favourite size to work with. The girl represents a sense of freedom, but the barbed wire in the foreground shows how we live.