Artists Anina Deetlefts, Bastiaan van Stenis and Ydi Coetsee are exhibiting their work at Durbanville’s Rust-en-Vrede Gallery.
The three solo exhibitions opened at the gallery on Tuesday March 20 and will run until Wednesday May 2.
Anina’s exhibition in Salon A, Skin, revolves around the concept of layers. Her portraits touch on the universal concept that, like the skin of our bodies, we are all unique, beautifully flawed and always evolving.
“We all have layers of skin covering our body, this is, however, constantly changing and also relates to character,” she said.
For her portraits, which are mainly of her family, she used a mixed-media technique to contribute to the idea of the individual as multi layered.
The Durbanville artist obtained a degree in graphic design at Stellenbosch University and worked in the fashion and interior industries, both locally and internationally. She has concentrated on painting for the past 10 years.
She had her first solo exhibition in 2013 at Rust-en-Vrede and in 2017 her work was among the top 100 in The Sanlam Portrait award.
Gallery curator, Hamlin Jansen van Vuuren, said Anina had found her niche in the large-scale portrait studies she approaches with meticulous detail, exploring both universal and deeply personal issues.
Salon B, features Night Time Is The Right Time by self-taught artist Bastiaan, who started painting 18 years ago when he was 19.
Ms Jansen van Vuuren said: “He expresses himself using a diverse range of tools and media including paint, cloth, encaustic wax, hair, glues, sculpture and taxidermy.”
About his work, Bastiaan said: “What drives me is the process, the creating, and the creation itself is just another stop on the way.”
In Salon C, Ydi, has her first solo exhibition, Bly / Stay, which was inspired by the United Reformed Church, in Cloetesville, where her parents worked in ministry since the 1980s. The full-time artist graduated with a Master’s degree in Fine Arts from Stellenbosch University in 2015.
“I’ve been part of exhibitions before but this is the first time that I feel like I did something for myself,” she said.
Her exhibition is based on her childhood with ordinary images that evoke a memory or meaning. Images include rooms, passages, halls and the objects inside of them (like chairs and tables) mostly based on the church. The gallery also has a new group show, Famous South African Brands, in its Clay Museum which includes the work of Hennie Meyer, Alessandro Pappada, Ella Cronje, Kate van Putten, Lesley Tuchten and Heinz Modler.