Sunday 12 November at 11h00 2017
Exhibition ends 07 December 2017
Clare Menck is a figurative painter specialising in oils. Her passion for painting figures in a landscape setting in or around water is further augmented with a line of self-portraiture often (but not always) swimming. The landscape (especially water) becomes a metaphor for a deeper meaning surrounding the human subjects that inhabit it as if they are players on a natural stage. The artist revels in summery subjects making bathers her focus; Clare is renowned for her delightful painterly treatment of light and colour especially when capturing swimmers in water.
Lately, in a more moody atmospheric vein, Clare has turned to painting hounds by pools in moonlight. And occasionally ‘retro’ subjects with some social commentary. Her different themes always have in common an uncanny observation of experienced reality portraying a deep sense of the inner worlds of these human and animal subjects.
Clare Menck is a Master’s graduate from the University of Stellenbosch with an Advanced Diploma in Fine Art from Michaelis (UCT). Her retrospectove book “Clare Menck: Hidden Life” edited by Stefan Hundt, curator of Sanlam’s Art Collection, travelled the country to major museums and galleries as the accompanying catalogue to her mid-career retrospective celebrating 20 years of painting. Clare was included in the Top 40 selection of the Sanlam Portrait Awards national portrait competion twice (2013 and 2015).
Clare has had two successfull cameo solos at 99 Loop Gallery in Cape Town in 2017 as well as participating in group exhibitions countrywide. Clare also hosted a well received cameo solo at The Gallery in Riebeeck Kasteel during the Solo Studios weekend there, and more recently a cameo solo in The Victorian House Museum at the Tulbagh Arts Festival 2017. She regularly exhibits new prints at the SA Print Gallery in Woodstock and was represented by SA Print Gallery as well as by 99Loop Gallery and Dawid Ras Fine Art at the Cape Town Art Fair, the Turbine Art Fair and the Joburg Art Fair (JAF) this year. One of her works hangs in the Iziko Collection and many more in corporate and private collections worldwide
Weyers du Toit
Weyers du Toit(b.1973) paints representational oils. He favours working directly from life in one session. This preference results in his challenging, direct method: Alla Prima.
His subject matter is often the ordinary, overlooked. What moves him is unconventionally beautiful.
He chooses a measuring cup as a flower vase and paints bananas that are well over ripe. He plays with food, takes a bite and then paints it. What he makes is then entirely autobiographical and chooses to paint, out of his direct surroundings, that which he identifies with, or which moves him emotionally. He finds beauty in the obscure. The result is work that is loaded with pathos.
Fine Art Diploma, Cape College,(1992-1994). Oils and Drawing under Liesbeth Gunther.
Other artists that have had influence on his learning process via crits and/or courses include:
Hennie Niemann Snr(visits and discussions 2008-2009)
Ryno Swart (figure painting workshop 2014)
And recently Andries Gouws( figure drawing and painting workshop, and other discussions).
Weyersdu Toit feels though, that the action of painting from life almost daily has been his greatest teacher.
Weyers has had several solos at the Missions House Gallery in Onrust.
He has taken part in many group exhibitions, the most recent being ‘Uitdagend Skeppend’ at the Breytenbach Gallery.
Weyers shared several two person exhibitions. The other parties have been: Sheena Ridley, Andre Minnie, Niel Jonker, Jaco Coetzee and more recently Clare Menck at the Victorian House Museum, during Tulbagh Arts Festival 2017.
His last solo exhibition was at Langverwagt Wine Estate and comprised almost fourty still life works. The speaker was Andries Gouws.