FynArts 2019 – Tondo Competition

FynArts 2019 – Tondo Competition

The artworks from the Tollman Bouchard Finlayson Art Competition, also known as the Tondo Competition, were once again on display at the Bouchard Finlayson Wine Farm during the FynArts Festival, 2019. The theme this year was ‘HARMONY’.

The requirements for this competition were that every piece, no matter the medium, had to be completed in a circle, with a diameter of 60cms or less and it had to weigh less than 12kgs. There were hundreds of entries and the chosen finalists were displayed in the cellar, on the fronts of the vats. I loved the idea that art was displayed in this manner as it consolidated the premise that wine-making is an art too: both taking time, passion & patience to develop something that others can enjoy.

The Winners: 1st, 2nd and Merit

The winners were as follows:


Neeske Alexander – ‘Still Life’ (above) (watercolour)


Karen Grove – ‘Harmony in Green’ (above) and ‘No Discord in Utopia’ (reverse acrylic on perspex)

MERIT: R5 000

Natasha Brown – ‘Kinship in the Autumn’ and ‘Kinship in Summer’ (oil on glass)

Terrence Howahowa – ‘Power of Togetherness’ (above) (tapestry & weaving)

Left: Ashley Tumburuku (Age 13) – ‘Treehouse’ (tapestry & weaving)
Middle: Katja Abbott – ‘ Harmony in Blue’ (mixed media)
Right: Estelle Louw – ‘Tempo Rubato’ (stained glass)

The two most standout things we noticed were the variety of mediums used and subjects chosen. Entrants to this competition were obviously challenging themselves and the results were remarkable. For instance (above), we have tapestry, mixed media and stained glass, all very different mediums, and the three subjects matters could not have been further apart. Don’t you agree?

Left: Jenny Retief – ‘Flight’ (oil)
Middle: Linda Klopper – ‘Come Swing With Me … Under the Gilded Tree … in Harmony Park’ (mixed media)
Right: Maryna de Witt – ‘ Girl with Birds & City’ (oil, gold & copper leaf)

Looking at the above three works, one can see, once again, the variety that was on offer: from birds, to swings to unusual portraits. This is what makes this particular competition so compelling and a must-see on the FynArts calendar.

Left: Solly Gutman – ‘United in Harmony’ (scratchboard in colour – print)
Middle: Gillian Hahn – Gaia’s Song (oil)
Right: Roy Leaver – ‘Catching the Light’ (digital photography)

Without even realising it, I picked another three, all completely different, all in different mediums. This trio really displays a cornucopia of talent; a feast for the eyes. Solly’s detail is eye-poppingly unreal and there’s a calm, loving feeling present, while Gillian’s thick, textural brights emit a warmth that instantly draws one in and makes you all fuzzy inside, and in strong contrast, Roy’s monotone photograph captures an exact moment in time which takes your breath away, and then everything goes quiet: all extremely emotive and beautifully captured.

The Tollman Bouchard Finlayson Competition exhibition is always top of my list at the FynArts Festival and it certainly did not disappoint. I was intrigued and inspired by numerous works. Hopefully next year I can muster up the courage to enter myself. As the saying goes: you got to be in it, to win it. Happy painting everyone!

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  • “Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.” – Andy Warhol

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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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