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Flower Decay

Flower Decay

Simple wildflowers and garden weeds are in my opinion just as breathtaking as any rose or designer boutonniere. You’ll find them growing happily among my succulents and geraniums and I treasure them equally. Outdated telephone books are crammed...

Violín del Diablo

Violín del Diablo

The Devil's violin is the embodiment of Mozart's Requiem Lacrimosa. A haunting piece of music that he allegedly never completed. It is believed that he only finished the first couple of bars of Lacrimosa on his deathbed, while the rest is thought...

The Humble Doodle

The Humble Doodle

Almost everyone has, at some point in their lives doodled on a piece of scrap paper. Either intentionally out of boredom during a telephone conversation. It's a time-filler, a thought or feeling suddenly finding itself etched into being. For me,...

Niche

Niche

Every fine artist's work can usually be placed within a category that sums up their style perfectly. But what do you do when you don't fit into just one class? Cue frantic research.  For decades I've been creating art without burdening myself...

Elhaz

Whenever I feel lost or need a little guidance, I consult my trusty bag of runes without thinking twice. I chant them when I need to centre myself, and I wear them like battle armour when a daunting task lies ahead by drawing them on my arms or...

Farewell 2019

Farewell 2019

  To be honest, this year has not been kind to me. I’ve suffered an onslaught of disappointments, health issues and failures. But I’m still standing, and I still have some fight left in me. It wasn’t an entire fiasco, art-wise at least. 2019...

Oryx

Oryx

The Oryx, or as South Africans call it, Gemsbok, is a majestic, large antelope with distinct black markings that sort of look like its wearing corpse makeup and might start head-banging spontaneously. Although it looks heavy metal, it behaves more...

The Magic of a Paint Brush

The Magic of a Paint Brush

I've never been an art supply snob, I've always used the tools I had at my disposal or those I could afford. The humblest ballpoint pen; the most basic paint set; the HB pencil that somehow lived with me for 20 years; the A4 office print paper; and...

Nature Macabre

Nature Macabre

Imagine taking a bite out of an apple only to have sharp bones lodge into your gums: absolute horror. Maybe in the not-so-distant future, it's not so fanciful, now that our food is being genetically modified to feed the grossly over-populated...

Bellum Lepidoptera

Bellum Lepidoptera

If you turn on the news, all you see is natural disasters, protests, famine, war, political BS, racism, bombs, and rage all-round. Yes, I can undoubtedly say that we live in the era of the war machine. Everyone's in a hurry and quick to anger (and...

Melancholic Sensations

Melancholic Sensations

As human beings, we are immensely complicated. Our bodies are magnificent creations intricately laced with tissue and synapses to become functioning organisms. Our minds are even more complicated, as it can travel into the past, future and alternative worlds where the unthinkable is possible. Together these compartments slot into each other to create the individual […]

Manus Autem Oculus

Manus Autem Oculus

At some point during our lives, we encounter unsavoury people whose sole purpose seem to be the destruction of everyone around them. Jealousy rots a hole through the core of their entire being. Black magic appears to be at play when the small hairs on the nape of your neck rise and your skin crawl. […]

Cat Skull in a Jellyfish

Cat Skull in a Jellyfish

I should quote Alice in wonderland: ”I believe in as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” That pretty much summarizes my Cat Skull in a Jellyfish graphite drawing and oil painting. It wasn’t that I consciously listed impossible things, it just happened to pop up during my morning yoga routine. Usually, I let these […]

The Multi-Eyed Goat

The Multi-Eyed Goat

Goats are remarkable creatures that sometimes seem to defy gravity by impossibly hanging onto a cliff. (do yourself a favour and look at the Spidergoat Meme) Mystery and inauspiciousness surround them. They’ve been depicted as malignant spirits in film, literature and art. They’ve been revered in the occult. But most of all, they are spectacular […]

La Muerte

La Muerte

The Lady Skeleton is inspired by a beautiful cameo necklace I purchased from local alternative boutique Deviant South, by the name of Madame Squelette. I even bought her likeness in the form of an elegant choker, earrings and a glorious locket. She is so breathtaking that I felt compelled to draw her in pencil, paint her in […]

Caged Bird

Caged Bird

A little, pigeon-like bird, in the shape of a human heart, is suspended within a rib cage . The ribs are wrought into a typical Victorian-era birdcage. Nothing else resides within their confines, showing that our emotions govern us. The sternum is a long-stemmed rose that symbolizes the thorns we encounter on our journey through […]

Corps Piqué

Corps Piqué

Nothing says burlesque and boudoir quite as correctly as the word Corset. Worn by aficionados of different shapes, sizes, and genders with designs to die for. Some are dressed for the art of seduction, and others are modest bodices worn on a night out or a lunch date. Then there are the magnificent replicas worn […]

Noise Bird

Noise Bird

There’s nothing more maddening than being rudely awakened in the early hours of the morning by the thunderous squawking of a Hadeda Ibis: The feathered Vuvuzela (remember the plastic fart- trumpets during the FIFA World Cup in 2010? Yup, sounds precisely like a Hadeda) These birds have a knack for noise like no other and […]

The Curse of the Blank Canvas

The Curse of the Blank Canvas

Every artist has suffered the curse of the dreaded blank canvas at some point. It stares at you, judging you as you’re pacing back and forth, deliberating what to adorn it with. An aura of questions relentlessly hanging around it: Where should I start? Should I paint the background first? Should I draw my outlines? […]

Collecting Curiosities Since the 80’s

Collecting Curiosities Since the 80’s

Humans aren’t the only creatures inhabiting this blue planet that tend to collect souvenirs: rodents, squirrels, birds, and domesticated pets also collect their toys and trinkets. But we collect most of all living things. We even took it to the extreme by hoarding everything and suffocating our lives in it. We have too much. Not […]

Efflorescent Hands

Efflorescent Hands

The blackened hands are upraised and are slowly opening as if they’re blooming. They have an air of brokenness in the contortion of the fingers, as the colour fades into the canvas, except for a single red line with a droplet of blood. Water stains colour the one arm and bleed into the background, fading […]

Synesthesia

Synesthesia

“The sound of colours is so definite that it would be hard to find anyone who would express bright yellow with bass notes or dark  lake with treble”  – Wassily Kandinsky Si-nis-tee-see what? It is the production of a sense impression relating to one sense by stimulation of another sense. Everything has a colour, a […]

The Oils

The Oils

There is something profoundly mysterious and eternal about oil paint. I always imagine a chiaroscuro, candlelit scene, somewhere in-between medieval or Victorian eras when I smell the intoxicating aroma. Oils add the most delightful quality to a painting, like a full-bodied glass of fine wine after an excellent meal. I miss them. I miss the […]

Yggdrasil

Yggdrasil

Odin’s horse. The enormous Ash tree of life in Norse mythology. If I could imagine the tree of life, it would be covered in roots and crimson veins coiled around a human hand reaching up into the ether. We share remnants of DNA that our ancestors shared with trees billions of years ago. That makes […]

The Infernal Lucanus

The Infernal Lucanus

This graphite drawing is by far my most extensive and most intricate drawing to date. A Stag Beetle (Lucanidae) carries a secret world of darkness and eternal suffering on its back. My drawing is based on Dante Alighieri ‘s Inferno, the first part of his epic poem, The Divine Comedy. In Inferno, Dante is lead […]

DIY Blending Tool

DIY Blending Tool

I’ve always had use for a decent blending tool and back in college, I used a trusty old typewriter eraser pencil that worked wonders. But sadly I haven’t seen those around lately, so I thought my blending days were over. For years I blended my drawings by blunt pencil only. It’s tedious, but can be […]

Back On The Easel

Back On The Easel

Once an artist, always an artist. It’s been years since I smelled the intoxicating aroma of oil paint, felt the brush dance across a canvas because I chose to pack it away in search of my spirit. After college, I sold one commissioned painting of three children, and I entered one competition with an experimental […]