Portrait of Willem Onker from Cape Town.
Yes; Napier (South Africa) has talent. This weekend two of them will perform during the annual ‘Patatfees’ (Sweet Potato Festival). Coached by local musicians/sound engineers they improved a lot during the past year. Ready for the big stage. He will perform in the cococola truck at the grounds of the Protea Primary School this Friday afternoon.
This is Drew. R&B, pop and more. Artist pur sang. Watch his moves.
Light sculpture by reclycling artist Jan Vingerhoets from Baardskeerdersbos
The end of 2017 was a once off private performance of ‘The Better box Co’ of ‘THE HUNTING OF THE SNARK’ (by Lewis Carrol’) in, of all places, Wolvengat in the Western Cape, South Africa. The play was initiated by artist Willem de Roubaix who also created the moving cardboard orchestra (home made electronics and mechanics). If you think that Cape Town is South Africa, forget it; it’s only a small part of it. The real things happen in the ‘hinterland’ across the mountain…. Cape Town is just a ‘tourist thing’ 😉 .
Pictured at the studio of painter Ivan Trollip in Baardskeerdersbos, Western Cape, South Africa.
From an interview with Jeré Möller of ‘Visit Overberg‘
Herman van Bon – An artist unleashed
Sitting down to chat with fine art photographer Herman van Bon is a bit like jumping on a magic carpet. A few seconds in and you are time traveling to visit the ancestors. Minutes later you are standing with him at the very edge of space, pondering heaven, hell and the wild beauty of it all. Herman is a well of stories, a maze of great questions and a master of his craft.
You have been described as quirky, complex, playful and very creative. So here is my first question. In your own words, who is Herman van Bon?
Well, I think I am an adult who kept my childhood imagination alive. I have a very wide field of interests and I do love to have fun with photography. I was born between the dykes of Holland and worked as a photojournalist on the technical side of things for many years. It took me through the whole wide world. About 17 years ago my wife Yvonne and I moved to South Africa to find space and breathe fresh air. We settled in the Overberg and love living here.
Someone said you are the Hieronymous Bosch of the digital era. How would you describe your work and style?
I like to photograph landscapes especially during early mornings, in the golden hour. But taking a picture is just the beginning as I enjoy playing with it. I explore and just let it flow to see where it might go. It can take weeks to come together and the end result can be landscapes, haikus, photographic mixed media and imaginary photography next to abstract and portrait photography.
Something that is regularly reflected in my work is my interest in the universal archetypes imbedded in our ancient human heritage. I find it interesting how they are awakened through the associations we sometimes make when looking at images. I also find the interaction between light and dark, good and evil fascinating. Especially subject matter that touches beyond religion and the best way I can explain this is through a quote from Albert Einstein,
“The most beautiful emotion we can experience is the mysterious. It is the power of all true art and science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead. To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty, which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their most primitive forms – this knowledge, this feeling, is at the centre of true religiousness. In this sense, and in this sense only, I belong to the rank of devoutly religious men.”
Herman so if we get down to it, what really inspire you?
Simply put, beauty. You know beauty can be in the small details of an even ugly looking subject. And the fact that some rules are there to be broken.
You mentioned settling in the Overberg about 17 years ago. Do you have any favourite places that you enjoy shooting at?
Yes definitely, the rolling hills and changing skies of the Overberg is a joy to any landscape photographer. I have many spots that I enjoy shooting, but let me highlight three for you:
– Napier and the town’s surroundings are stunning during Springtime and Autumn, just after the harvest. The Schietpad is especially amazing, you can get lost in there!
– Near Barrydale, the Warmwaterberg is beautiful. Stunning mountain views. Definitely a favourite.
– Elgin Valley is a magical place. I recommend taking a good hike up and the best time is during August.
Last question Herman. Where do you and Yvonne go to unwind here in your home town Napier?
Have to say we are still relatively new in Napier. It’s been just about a year and I can tell you, this is a town with a lot to discover. It’s difficult to mention just one place. We enjoy visiting Napier Farmstall, The Fox Pub for lunch, Pascal’s for dinner and for the best pizza in the Overberg, The Suntouched Inn.
Visit, view and buy some of his work here: Private Gallery Napier
Below: ‘He’s back’. Since last Monday 258 likes on Instagram @hermanvanbon
I’m still engaged in the completion of these two pictures. In the previous 6 posts you have seen some developments but still I’m not satisfied. For the moment I leave them as they are but I’ll work on these imaginaries again sometime in the future.
The images are based on a sculpture of artist Ulrich Riek from Napier in South Africa. His work is exhibited in the Southern Wright Gallery in Cape Agulhas; near the Southernmost point of the African Continent.
Artist unknown except that she once lived in Aberdeen in the Eastern Cape, South Africa and created those long feet ceramic figures which were known as ‘Spaghetti People’. If anyone coincidentally knows her name and eventually more details please comment.
(Imaginary based on a sculpture of South African artist Ulrich Riek)
The details are in the textures. For this imaginary I used sculptures of artist Ulrich Riek from Napier in South Africa.