Looking a bit naughty

Photo-collage of an African Fish Eagle and Spanish photo-model Maria Angeles -Porcel showing off earrings made of Sterling Silver combined with natural bonded earth minerals/pigments.

Try not to miss it

In the meantime preparations for one of the largest art events in the Western Cape, South Africa: The Greyton Art Walk this weekend (2-4 December).

Over 100 selected artist are spread around in the little town. The main venue is the DR-Church Hall. You will find me there with some photographic art.

Two Major Art Events in the Western Cape, South Africa.

Herewith we like to invite you to two art events in which we both participate.

The first one is the Greyton Art Walk, 2-4 December, in Greyton where you can find us in the DR-Church Hall.

The second one is at home (98 Sarel Cilliers Street, Napier) during the art event Creative Napier; 27-30 December (see below for more information).

At both events we will show new works (photographic art by Herman & new jewellery designs by Yvonne)

You are Welcome!!!

Greetings from Napier,

Herman van Bon & Yvonne de Wit.

CREATIVE NAPIER

Pop – Up Art Week

27- 30  December 2022

Tuesday to Friday: Daily from 10am – 4pm.

Napier is renowned as an arty town. During December 2022, the artists of Napier will once again show just how creative this little town really is.

Building on the success of two previous art routes, the CREATIVE NAPIER ART WEEK, will take place again from 27 December to 30 December, when 17 artists will show their work. Private studios will be open to the public, giving a rare peak into the creative world of the Napier artist community. Many walls in other venues like restaurants, shops and cafes will also be used to display exhibitions.

Mediums range from traditional painting to photography, photographic art, collage, ceramics, jewellery, botanical art as well as contemporary painting. CREATIVE NAPIER offers a fantastic selection covering most art forms and appealing to a wide range of art lovers.

During 2021, visitors from far and wide came to this creative event in the Overberg.  Holiday makers to Hermanus, Struisbaai, Arniston, Gansbaai and even from Cape Town (etc.) enjoyed the cultural outing, a welcome break from the beach days and used the opportunity to purchase quality art directly from the artists.

Maps will be available at all the exhibiting venues, as well as Napier restaurants.

More information available on social media:

Facebook: @Creative Napier

Instagram: @CreativeNapier

Participating artist include:

Nastasha Minyon Sale

Nelis Singels (Rewild Art)

Jason Wyness

Helen Vale Xanos

Herman van Bon (Studio98; Photographic Art))

Juanita Coetzer ( SA Photography)

Lisé-Marè Botha (Nizhóní),

Madeleine Murray

Yvonne De Wit (Studio98; Jewellery Design)

Alex Hamilton

Edie Wilson

Niels Bastiaensen (Photography)

Jon Daamen (Floral Art)

Michele Thomas

Brenda Shelley

Jen Bam

At Studio98 along the main road in Napier you will find the work of jewellery designer Yvonne de Wit and photographic artist Herman van Bon.

A brief introduction:

Yvonne de Wit studied Fine Art in the Netherlands and lives since 22 years in South Africa.

Mesmerised by the colourful palet of the Overberg mountains she began to collect stones and soils. After a few Land Art projects she started to combine her collection of earth particles with copper, brass and Sterling Silver into pieces of jewellery that reflect the land in a different way.

Each piece is an ode to Mother Earth.

Her jewellery is recognised by a growing number of jewellery collectors around the globe for their design originality and the use (combination) of natural resources.

Since April 2016 Yvonne has her studio in Napier in the Western Cape; about 90 minutes drive from central Cape Town.

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Born in the Netherlands and currently living in Napier, South Africa, photographic artist Herman van Bon explores the poetic qualities of photography. His images highlight the ethereal beauty of the landscapes around him; we loved how so much of the visual action takes place in the sky, with terrestrial life — trees, grass — merely a secondary character in a much bigger story”. – Ben Huberman (WordPress)

“Wat T.T. Cloete in sy gedig sê is waar: ‘die aarde is deur een dichter gemaak’. Mensen soos Herman van Bon het die gave om dit dmv fotografie vast te lê …. Dankie!” – Awie van Wyk

“The Hieronymous Bosch of the digital era”. – Lizia Nieman (RIP), L’Art Niemaclature

“In the Eye of the Beholder of Herman van Bon is a surprising and lovely image from South Africa” – Review of group exhibition in LAC Los Angeles in LA-Times

“Herman van Bon has an amazing eye for capturing beauty”. – Kamalini Govender in Tales and Dreams (USA)

“I just love the inventive, nuanced, beautiful and surprising work Herman van Bon keeps doing.” – Douglas Moorezart (USA)

“For the love of BEAUTY …… the photography of Herman van Bon …. this kind of work really hits me so deep that i feel sparks flying inside my head and the inspiration to produce MORE art then just wells up naturally within me. Thank you, Herman van Bon ….” – Johan J. Steyn

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Studio98, 98 Sarel Cilliers Street, Napier.

Contact: greenc2@me.com 060-7124001 (Herman van Bon) or 082-7120273 (Yvonne de Wit)

Web: http://studioon98.art

Instagram: @yvonnedewitjewelry @hermanvanbon

Say GRACE

It’s very rare that Napier based photographer Herman van Bon exhibits ‘outdoors’; partly because (South African) galleries demand a commission of up to 70% of the sales (most ask 40 to 50%) and partly because the photographer wants to keep his business in his own hands. But there are exceptions like 3 Photo’s projected on Times Square in New York in 2015 or being part of a group exhibition in a Los Angeles Art Center a few years later. Nowadays his North- and Middle American interests are organised via a few agents and the printing is done on location. 

Most impact had the UNESCO exhibition ‘The Invisible visible’ in Oslo (2016/17) where he was selected with 127 other photographers from around the globe by a previous PRADO (Madrid) photography curator. The review was a nice surprise form him:

“To call him a landscape photographer is akin to describing Table Mountain as a large flat rock. To label him as a graphic artist also leaves much to be desired. A photo-graphic artist? Unwieldy and lacklustre.

The fact of the matter is that Herman van Bon as a photographer and as an artist is not easily pigeon-holed. Words fall short when describing his work and how he achieves it. In this case, his pictures are more than the sum of their parts.

Although a good photographer’s landscapes are far from flat, the observer does, in most cases, get what he or she sees: a representation of a country or marine scene.

So far, so good.

For Herman, however, the capturing of a landscape is just the beginning. It is his playground. He starts to experiment and explore and play, using different kinds of photo-processing and –developing software and techniques, and, organically, his pictures begin to grow.

Layer by layer, the original shot metamorphosises into something extraordinary. Textures, tones, figures, symbols, quirky composites, and what appear figments of the imagination to the eye are included.

This process can take weeks.

The result is a contemporary, deeply personal interpretation, a fascinating fantasia of different forms, as far away from just a landscape full of special effects as you and I could imagine. “

This coming weekend there is another exception. This time nearby; at Marina Blight’s ‘GRACE’ in Bredasdorp. Marina is an artist (painting) who opens her house once a month for two days to show her own work and that of a guest artist. 

4 and 5 November is another exception: Last year Marina Blight from Bredasdorp exhibited at Studio98 and -Noblesse Oublige- this coming Friday and Saturday Herman exhibits 6 of his Photo-Graphics in Marina Blight’s GRACE in Bredasdorp.

At Grace Herman will display 6 of his latest Photo-Graphics. a Photo-Graphic is basically a photo or photo-collage with added textures and digital in-painting/drawing. They are all printed on high quality canvas in sizes A1 and A0. 

See for yourself (a few examples):