About Art Thirst

ART THIRST CONTEMPORARY GALLERY

Artists represented at the Gallery:

  • Leon Muller
  • Petrus Viljoen
  • Lydia Da Silva
  • Antonio Da Silva
  • Tay Dall
  • Jan Vingerhoets

Leon Muller Biography:

  • HAS A FINE ART DEGREE FROM PRETORIA UNIVERSITY 1986
  • TAUGHT AT PRETORIA BOYS HIGH TILL 1993
  • BECAME A MEMBER OF THE SA ASSOCIATION OF ARTS 1994
  • AWARDED RESIDENCY AT THE CITE INTERNATIONALE DES ARTS IN PARIS 2001.
  • WORKED IN FINISTRAT – SPAIN 2002

GAINED EXPERIENCE IN:

  • ISTANBUL
  • COLONIA DEL SACRAMENTO – SOUTH AMERICA
  • PRAGUE
  • BUENOS AIRES

Works in PUBLIC COLLECTIONS:

  • UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA
  • SOUTH AFRICAN ASSOCIATION OF ARTS
  • CITE INTERNATIONALE DES ARTS -PARIS
  • WONG COLLECTION – CHINA
  • ORIGINAL ARTS- LONDON
  • PRIVATE COLLECTION – CANADA
  • PRIVATE COLLECTION – HEUNIS – NICE

THE ART THIRST GALLERY AND STUDIO IN HERMANUS EXHIBITS THE PATINA OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN COUNTRY SIDE, WITH ITS ROMANTIC SOLITARY PLACES. A LONELY COW, GRAZING, OR A THUNDERSTORM IN THE TRANSVAAL, AN ABANDONED CARAVAN NEXT TO THE ROAD, THESE ARE THE SCENES HE LOVES TO PAINT.

Genres:

  • TEXTURED CANVASSES WITH VESSELS AND FRUIT
  • PORTRAITS OF LONELY GOAT KEEPERS IN NIGERIA
  • BEAUTIFUL FULANI MAIDENS SOUTH OF THE NIGER
  • CARVED WOODEN FISH PANELS
  • CARVED WOODEN CHANDELIERS
  • DRAWINGS ON HAND MADE COCONUT FIBRE PAPER

Leon’s art has always reflected a keen awareness of changing styles and influences.

“…my painting life, with all its successes and struggles, brought me many marvellous adventures. Thirty years of painting taught me as much about discipline, as it did about art. I have always believed that I must paint every hour that God gives me and that every moment has to be lived to the full. I don’t regard my painting as work and am miserable if I am not in my studio….”

 

Petrus Viljoen Biography:

PETRUS VILJOEN, BORN IN SOUTH AFRICA, 1986 SPENT MOST OF HIS EARLY YEARS IN JOHANNESBURG AND CALEDON (WESTERN CAPE)

HE COMPLETED A MARKETING DIPLOMA AT BOLAND COLLEGE.

PETRUS STARTED PAINTING UNDER THE GUIDING HAND OF LEON MULLER IN HERMANUS SEVEN YEARS AGO .TODAY VILJOEN EXCELS IN OIL RENDERINGS ON CANVAS. SWEEPING UP THE CANVAS IN RHYTHMS, SWIRLING BRUSHSTROKES MINGLE TOGETHER IN MULTITUDE OF VIBRANT COLORS. THE EXAGGERATION AND DISTORTION CONVEYS DEEP EMOTION. INSTEAD OF “PAINTING” THE WORLD AROUND HIM, HE EXPRESSES FEELINGS AND DESIRE THOUGH HIS ART. AN ASPECT WHICH ALLOWS THE VIEWER TO ENJOY THE PAINTINGS ON DIFFERENT LEVELS.

PETRUS: “I TRY TO CREATE IN SUCH A WAY AS TO ENABLE PEOPLE TO UNCOVER AND REACT, I SEE PURE BEAUTY IN SIMPLE THINGS’.

SELECTED EXHIBITITIONS AND PRIVATE COLLECTIONS:

 

*GOING SOLO – ART THIRST CONTEMPORARY GALLERY – HERMANUS – 2008.

*CONFERENCE CENTRE – HERMANUS- KALFIE FESTIVAL – 2008

*WHALE FESTIVAL – HERMANUS – 2008

*ART RAMBLE – OVERBERG – 2008

*ORANGE CIRCLE CONCEPTS – FRANSCHOEK – 2008

*CAROLINA – VAN HEERDEN – PRETORIA – 2008

*ANNE-MARIE BODAL (WOOLWORTHS) – THE ROCKWELL – CAPE TOWN – 2008

JENNIFER HERMAN COLLECTIONS – CLIFTON – CAPE TOWN – 2008

*NATIONAL SEA RESCUE AUCTION – 2008

*LA VIERGE WINE ESTATE – SOLO EXHIBITION – 2008

*FINE ART PORTFOLIO – HYDEPARK JOHANNESBURG – 2008

*MARINE SQUARE COLLECTION- HERMANUS – 2008

*PRIVATE COLLECTION – HEUSDEN NEDERLAND – 2008

*PRIVATE COLLECTION – PADAYATCHI- KAYALAMI ESTATE – MIDRAND – 2008

*PRIVATE COLLECTION – KATE BIRK – OXFORD UK – 2008

*PRIVATE COLLECTION – ANN NUROCK – TORONTO – CANADA – 2009

*PRIVATE COLLECTION – DUCKWORTH – UK – 2009

*PRIVATE COLLECTION – USISKIN – UK – 2009

*PRIVATE COLLECTION – SULSER – LIECHTENSTEIN – SWITZERLAND – 2009

*PRIVATE COLLECTION – CAFÉ MANHATTAN – 2011

 

  • Write Up by: Patrick Chapman

Hermanus Times SEPT 2008 / NOV 2008