I 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!
Susan Kruger-Grundlingh (1952) was born in Cape Town. Worked as a graphic designer, puppet/marionette creator and operator for PACOFS (Performing Arts Council)
Obtained a National Diploma in Ceramics from Bloemfontein Technikon and later lectured at the same institution. Today she teaches and works from her own studio – producing works in clay and mixed media. She won numerous awards and her work is regularly included in exhibitions in South Africa and abroad.
Hennie Meyer – is a multi award winning South African ceramicist working in Cape Town. His work can be found in numerous private and public collections such as the SA Cultural History Museum, King Georgr V Gallery, durbanville Clay Museum and the Corobrik collection. He works in fired earthernware using glaze, slips, underglaze and lustres creating a series of T-pots and jugs. These pouring vessels, even though glazed, are not intended as functional pieces. He strives, in his work, to combine humour and aesthetics to create individual, composite works.
During 2002 his work is to be featured in a local publication on craft and art to be published by Struik books as well as an international Lark book publication “500 Teapots”.
I think that in general my work plays with the idea of ‘difference.’ For me ‘difference’ is an integral characteristic of the modern world and is also very evident in South Africa with its variety of cultures, religions, ideologies and different economic backgrounds.