Jy blaai in die argief vir 2008 Oktober.

by Pronk

Medal for lovers

Oktober 13, 2008 in Sonder kategorie

 

Handcrafted sterling silver. Image printed on vynil and embedded in resin. Ribbon:Embroidery: 100% pure cotton, on 100% pure silk.

by Pronk

4 Sages in a Toyota Cressida

Oktober 13, 2008 in Sonder kategorie

 

I actually saw these 4 distinguised, old gentlemen driving in their shooshed-up Toyota on Queen Wilhelmina drive…… Its funny how exotic and unusual even the Pretoria suburbs can become, if you just open yourself up to it! (The tiger, however, is a figment of my imagination….)

by Pronk

Oktober 11, 2008 in Sonder kategorie

 

The tiger and the buffalo…on ornate copper stand with earrings

by Pronk

Oktober 9, 2008 in Sonder kategorie

 

The elefants are restless tonight, my love!

by Pronk

Oktober 8, 2008 in Sonder kategorie

 

Graceland…..Elvis jamming with the Lord Krishna

by Pronk

Oktober 7, 2008 in Sonder kategorie

 

Some notes on my art 

Although I grew up in a very traditional Afrikaans household I’ve always been fascinated by Eastern religion and philosophy. It might have had something to do with the fact that my father must have been the only person I know to actually buy info-booklets from Hare Krishna’s! These wonderfully illustrated gems thus landed on our bookshelf.
 
When bored as a child, I would lie down on my bed with a pile of these books, and was dazzled by these highly decorative and exotic images of beautiful benign cattle and strange blue deities with rosy, upturned hand palms. These fantastic, detailed images were imprinted into my psyche from a very early age and found its way into my artistic expression and influenced my style as an adult. Hindu history, mythology and philosophy still fascinate me and its visual approach still feeds into my style.
When studying art at university, such a highly illustrative and decorative style, was severely frowned upon by academia, and I was sternly discouraged from working in this manner. I tried my best to freely express myself with spontaneous brushstrokes in an expressive, loose and painterly fashion.
Failing to manage that, I returned to what came naturally soon after finishing art school: as an artist one must enjoy what one is doing, otherwise there is no sense in doing it. The joy also comes through in the work and the viewer can relate to it. My aim is to instil a sense of joy and wonder in the viewer … and a chuckle, of course, as humour is an essential ingredient in my work.
 
My aim in my work is to take the term “illustrative” to the next level. My work is therefore illustrative in the extreme, highly decorative with layers and layers of detail, strong outlines and bold colour. With regards to subject matter I also follow in the footsteps of these Persian masters. Their themes covered all genres, and their paintings contained portraits, animals, botanical illustrations, landscapes and decorative pattern. I use all of these elements in my work, putting it in a contemporary and also more local setting (using indigenous fauna and flora and cultural details). I add high rise buildings, people in everyday scenes like riding in a bus or mowing the lawn while being stalked by tigers, Elvis Presley jamming on his guitar with the Lord Krishna, The elephant goddess Ganesha being stuck in rush hour traffic or maybe even a Blue Toothed Buddha!
 
Since finishing my training as silversmith and jewellery designer, I have been combining the two disciplines: I design and make ornate little copper stands on which my painting is displayed. Detail from the painting is embedded in resin and set it in a silver brooch, pendant or a pair of earrings, which is then added to the stand, resulting in a small artistic installation of painting with accessories: so now you can have my painting at home and wear it around your neck!