Hugo de Villiers (b.1968)

hugodevilliersI majored in Painting at Stellenbosch University (BAFA – 1990) and completed a HDE (part-time UNISA) a few years later to carve a career in full-time secondary school teaching. Finding time to paint is challenging, but setting personal goals and deadlines are encouraging me to produce.

Oil is my medium of choice and Cape Town is my inspiration. The colourful city lights up on rainy nights when reflections bounce off every wet and shiny surface. My aim is to capture a holistic atmosphere of movement and energy with expressive loose brush marks. The physical paint marks are as important as the image it portrays. The barrier between naturalism and abstraction is very narrow and the most challenging thing to me is knowing when to stop!