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Born in South Africa

Artist and Industrial Designer

Studied at the Johannesburg College of Art & Design 

Emigrated to Canada with my family in 1987

After qualifying as an Industrial Designer, I concentrated on the design & production of office and hospitality furniture.

Design Experience includes:

    * Office Furniture
    * Interior Design of Offices and Banking Halls
    * Hotel and Hospitality Furniture

    * Product Design and Production

In 2000, I incorporated my own business for design and production of hotel and hospitality furniture. Projects included hotels, airports and restaurants such as W Hotel in Atlanta GA, Disney Cruise Lines and Delta Airlines’ holding area restaurants in MN, LGA among others.

Retired from business in 2018 to make art full time.

Exhibited in:

    * Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition -1995, 1996 and 2019. 

    * Riverdale Art Walk - 2019, 2020

     * Art Walk Square - 2020

   * Leslie Grove Gallery - 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022

   * Riverside Common - 2022

My Roots:

As a child I was part of a nomadic family and lived also in Francistown in Botswana, Bulawayo in Zimbabwe and Johannesburg, Durban and Roodepoort in Southern Africa

 

 

 

 

 

 

Toronto Outdoor Art Fair 2019

The influence of the sounds, colours, rhythm, vibrancy, art and artists of Africa and its history, has never left me and my life experience in Africa is still expressed through some of my art. 

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Rural Landscape - ll
24" x 24" Acrylic on Raised Birch Panel
Tools of War
Digitally Created

 
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Digitally Created

 

My Creative Process:

The theme of much of my work develops during the sketching process.

Once a theme is decided, detailing is added which is intended, together with the colours.

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Lulubelle

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Lady with Red Shoes

The Coronialist

To me art is everywhere, in the formations of trees and rocks, in the lines, shadows and details of a building, in the graffiti on street walls, on advertising billboards and packaging, in a child’s drawing, in a doodle.

Architect Louis Khan said "The sun never knew how great it was until it hit the side of a building".

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24" x 24" Acrylic on Raised Birch Panel
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"Stained Glass" Doors

When in Israel in 1967 I was fortunate to spend a day with my cousin "decorating" the windows of a house he had designed.

On my return to South Africa, I convinced my parents to allow me to "decorate" the entrance doors of the hotel's dining room. 

I used the same technique I had learned in Israel & my parents never disowned me.

Abstraction

I have always flirted with Abstract Art and find myself often crossing over to this form.

As I continue on this journey in Abstraction, I have spent wonderful times discovering what I can create without emotion or reality.

Let the creation be a visual and cerebral experience of colour, shapes, forms and texture.

My Interest In Colour

We know that artists have changed the colours of a work by using different techniques and media such as silk-screen, etching, lino cuts, wood block & more.

 

My interest differed. I wanted to know and understand how different colours affect a viewer's response to the same work. A computer monitor became a canvas and apps became my brush, paints, pastels, inks and pencils.

 

 

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Would the great Masters have used modern technology if it had been available? I believe they would have; Think Warhol and Hockney. All this led to the OPUS Series

 

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My work is in Private Collections in Canada, Australia, South Africa, US, Israel, Germany & England.

As the old adage states, “Earth without art would be “Eh”
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