HERMANUS TIMES ARTICLE – 2013
I was delighted when I sat at a coffee shop in town and overheard a couple commenting about a local artiste whose work they were exceptionally interested in.
They praised his brushstroke, his techniques, use of space and above all the luminous colour.
What can I say … my curiosity got the best of me! It was not hard track down the infamous painter called “Petrus Viljoen”, who says his profession is to fill the word with colour.
Growing up in Hoedspruit, Petrus Viljoen attended School in Caledon. He now resides in Hermanus with his family where his work can be viewed at the Art Thirst Contemporary Gallery.
Asking him about his future plans, he comments smiling, “I plan on making more art than Picasso”.
He modestly deflects my question asking him if he was always an artist at heart, by saying he believes we all are.
Interested about how he discovered his talents I probed into history, He eagerly obliged and filled me in. “I visited a girl at the Art Thirst gallery in Hermanus where I made three small paintings in their studio while I was waiting for her. The owner came back the following day asking if I could make some more of these paintings, for everyone loved it and would like to purchase them.
This was the start of my career as an artist and I have never looked back. Many works now hang abroad: London, Canada, New York, China…to name just a few and I feel that I am filling the world with colour, one painting at a time,”
Although Petrus is very diverse his much preferred medium of paint remains oil. If he could paint in any country in the world, he truly wishes that it could be Paris, France, where he would love to capture the essence of live street scenes as the day progresses.
Petrus passionately lives by his motto in life:
“ It is hard to score without a goal!”