FynArts 2019 – An Overview

FynArts 2019 – An Overview

The FynArts Festival 2019 was another opportunity to see great art, in all its forms, in exhibitions far and wide around Hermanus. It was a glorious winter’s day, chilly and clear, and the sun was out to keep the shivers at bay.

The blog profile photo (above) is of a painting by Petrus Viljoen, aptly named “New Harbour Hermanus”. It’s fresh, bright hues definitely give us a sense of new as well as being of Hermanus, host to the FynArts Festival.

I have decided to split up the exhibitions into a couple of blogs for easier reading. In this particular blog I will give you a brief overview.

Nicole Pletts: “Isaacs IV” (left) and “I’ll Call You” (cropped) (right) – both oils on canvas

There were many paintings on various exhibitions and a few caught my eye. Paintings by Nicole Pletts were particularly eye-catching: the play of muted tones, interesting compositions stopped me in my tracks, and I loved her mark-making with brush. There was something rather haunting about her work.

Willie Bester: “Pomegranate” – oils on steel
Aidon Westcott: “Shell Shocked” – mixed media on canvas

In strong contrast, the two works above were bursting with colour and texture. Willie’s work is so ‘Willie’ that you can spot his style a mile away. So strong and original. Aidon’s work is completely different. It’s fine, delicate and extremely controlled. Both pieces draw you in to look at the detail and textures.

Alex Marmarellis: “Saturday @ The Berg” (left) – acrylics on canvas
Middle & Right: Closeups

From brights and bold, to blue and serene – Alex’s work is completely static yet mesmerising at the same time. The calm, cool shades are peaceful. As an artist who regularly paints beach scenes I was obviously drawn to the subject matter. His painting technique is completely different to my own.

Anton Smit: “Mijn Lief” – bronze (left) / Unknown (middle)
Louis Chanu: “African Rain” – bronze (close up)

There wasn’t a lot of sculpture on exhibition. These three pieces caught my eye and all three happened to be the human form sculpted in very different styles.

Overall, we noticed, that compared to FynArts 2017, when we last attended, there was a lot less artwork on display, and the venues, this time, were not marked or highlighted at all. In 2017 each participating venue had FynArts flags and signage which would assist attendees who were doing the rounds to easily spot a gallery or exhibition from a distance. If we hadn’t attended before, we might have got easily lost and missed numerous showings.

Although there was less to see, we were not disappointed. We still came away inspired and fulfilled. FynArts is definitely a great day out for anyone who is interested in creativity of every kind.

Other FynArts blogs: Floris van Zyl / Ceramics / Lembu Gallery / Tollman Bouchard Finlayson Competition

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  • “The principles of true art is not to portray, but to evoke.” – Jerzy Kosinski

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NOTE: We would like to state that we are not professional art critics! We, love all kinds of art and we love to share our experiences, picks and preferences and make comments on them.

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