A collector’s Dream

Most probably by far the largest (private) collection of curiosity and antiques in the Overberg region in the Western Cape, South Africa, can be found in some barns in the ‘outback’ of Napier. Skilled craftsman Mike Pope has been collecting the items during his entire life.

 

When visiting him he apologizes himself for the mess. There are still rooms where parts of his collection are piled up, waiting for restoration. The barns and his house are stacked with surprises from floor to ceiling. It’s different world out there and wandering through his collection I find it no surprise that there is an interest from diverse museums.

The age of the thousands of items goes back to far beyond the Boer War but there are also newer things like an electric grass cutter which, he says, will be a curiosity in a hundred years time …

By picturing his collection I did not use artificial light nor did I use a tripod. Some indoor pictures are shot with an ISO of 640, A 2.8 and S 1/6 second. On special personal request and for security reasons no indication of the location of this PRIVATE collection is given.

Hermanus FynArts

Every year there is this art festival in Hermanus, Western Cape, South Africa. Plenty of sculptures along the Cliff Path but not this year. It’s a meager outdoor exhibition but the few sculptures I saw are interesting. The event, including some concerts, workshops, etc. started last Thursday and ends this Sunday 18 June.

More worthwhile is to visit the different art galleries. Their level has gone up significantly in the past few years and some of them can match themselves with the best in South Africa and abroad. There are 11 of them (if I’m not mistaken) and all within walking distance. Four artists from my village have work on display in Van Rossouw Frans Mulder), Originals (Ulrich Riek), Hermanus Gallery (Yvonne de Wit) and Walker Bay Gallery (me).

Here a few images of the outdoor event.

 

Earth, Wind and Fire

In addition to serving as spouts for water in ancients times, the gaping mouths of gargoyles evoked the fearsome destructiveness of these legendary beasts, reminding the laity of the need for the (Roman Catholic) church’s protection. A previous owner of this house added them to keep evil spirits out.

Original photographs in black and white. Did some reduction so that only the outlines were left. Next I added textures and elements from other pictures plus coloring in-painting and drawing. The end result is what I call ‘photo-graphics’.

Only 1 framed print (60 x 40 cm) per image available at Private Gallery in Napier, Western Cape, South Africa.

Busy weeks ahead

Busy weeks ahead. To start with: preparing 2 exhibitions; first one ‘Angels & Demons’ in Breytenbach Gallery in Wellington from 26 November to mid-January 2017 and after that in Cape Palette in George. And then I just got involved in the decoration of a house in Hermanus with some of my Overberg landscapes; printed on high quality archival museum medium and in sizes 90×60 and 120x80cm. All framed!!! BTW the landscapes sold are not the ones published here.

The Heat is on

… is the title of one of my imaginaries today and tomorrow on display during the Baardskeerdersbos Art Route in Baardskeerdersbos, Western Cape, South Africa. At the B’Bos Art Gallery.

The imaginary is based on one of the giant gargoyles of sculptor Ulrich Riek from Napier.

The heat is on
The heat is on