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Marching On

“Marching On” was inspired by a photograph I took at the Acropolis of Athens. It was the changing of the guard, and I captured the moment where the one guard just ended his shift. He had a sense of calmness about him, but you could also see that he had great pride in what he was doing and I wanted to capture that in my art.

I used acrylic paint with a monochrome colour scheme for the portrait and for contrast in the background I used recycled ginger ale cans. The green and yellow from the cans gave me a sense of military presence and the triangle shapes are like stars that represent the ranks of the soldiers.

Title: “Marching On”

Dimensions: 600mm x 400mm

Medium: Mixed Medium (Acrylic paint and Ginger Ale cans)

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In Daddy’s Arms, All is Safe

“In Daddy’s Arms, All Is Safe” was inspired by a photograph I took while travelling in Cuba. The schools have just ended for the day, and children were playing and running around in the plaza. Amongst all the laughter of the children, I spotted this little girl being carried, and she looked like she had not a care in the world as “In Daddy’s Arms, All Is Safe.”

I used acrylic paint with a monochrome colour scheme for the portrait of the father and daughter and for contrast in the background I used recycled milk, cereal, and pasta boxes along with my canvas packaging. The recycled materials were cut and arranged to form a pattern in an array of different colours with the milk boxes adding an extra bit of shine with the foil side visible.

Title: “In Daddy’s Arms, All Is Safe”

Dimensions: 600mm x 900mm

Medium: Mixed Medium (Acrylic paint, milk, cereal, pasta boxes, and canvas packaging)

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I’ll always have someone watching over me

“I’ll always have someone watching over me” was inspired by my favourite photo of my father and me when I was a baby and my father looking over me. After my father’s passing, I wanted to create a piece to honour his memory, and although I know he is no longer with us, I know that “I would always have someone watching over me” no matter where my journey may lead.

I used acrylic paint with a monochrome colour scheme for the portrait and for contrast in the background I used recycled candy wrappers. The butterscotch candy was my father’s favourite. He always made sure that with every road trip no matter how long or short, we had some butterscotch to indulge on. The roses are also made from the candy wrappers and represent life’s unexpected events, and the fact that what you do with those events are entirely up to you. With time you learn to appreciate flowers blooming again.

Title: “I’ll always have someone watching over me”

Dimensions: 500mm x 500mm

Medium: Mixed Medium (Acrylic paint, butterscotch candy)

Not For Sale

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My Little Cupcake

“My Little Cupcake” was inspired by a photo that I took at our family farm in South Africa. I baked cupcakes for the worker’s children. Through all the laughter this little girl had a sense of sadness about her. I wanted to capture this is my art

I used acrylic paint with a monochrome colour scheme for the portrait. For the background, I wanted to use a very bright colour to brighten up the mood of the little girl, and something that seems to brighten up a lot of peoples mood is shopping. Thanks to my mother’s shopping trip to Ted Baker I received one of their large green and purple shopping bags. I wanted to create the effect of a kaleidoscope with the two different colours that are captured to represent movement and makes you wonder what shape will be taken next if we were to rotate the cells to change the kaleidoscope.

Title: “My Little Cupcake”

Dimensions: 1000mm x 1000mm

Medium: Mixed Medium (Acrylic paint, Ted Baker Shopping Bag)

 

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Blue Eyed Boy

“Blue Eyed Boy” was inspired by a photograph I took while enjoying lunch at a restaurant in Old Havana. There were a few children in the plaza playing and running around after school. Through all the laughter there was a little boy that caught my eye. He seemed to be very deep in thought, and I wanted to capture that in my art.

I used acrylic paint with a monochrome colour scheme for the portrait and for contrast in the background I used a variety of different recycled materials to represent a cloud. The blue and white are the shades for the clouds, and represent the boy with his head in those clouds.

Title: “Blue Eyed Boy”

Dimensions: 500mm x 700mm

Medium: Mixed Medium (Acrylic paint, Wedding invitation, Milk and cereal boxes, water bottle wrappers )

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The Apple of My Eye

“The Apple of My Eye” was inspired by a photograph I took in 2009 of a friend’s daughters. The girl, Chanè was eating a toffee apple and had the most beautiful big eyes that just captivates you, and I wanted to capture that in my art.

I used acrylic paint with a monochrome colour scheme for the portrait and for contrast in the background I used recycled Nespresso capsules and Softi candy wrappers. The recycled materials were cut and arranged to form a pattern in an array of different colours. I want people to admire the beauty of the piece and to see waste in another light as waste should not be wasted but can be turned into something beautiful.

Title: “The Apple of My Eye”

Dimensions: 460mm x 610mm

Medium: Mixed Medium (Acrylic paint, Nespresso Capsules, Softi Candy Wrappers)

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Reuse, Recycle, Rehumanize

“Reuse, Recycle, Rehumanize” was inspired by a photo I took a few years back in South Africa. She looked so peaceful, calm, and at that moment it seemed like all her troubles lifted from her shoulders, and she could reach for the stars. I wanted to capture that moment in my art too, and encourage other women to also reach for the stars.

I used acrylic paint with a monochrome colour scheme for the portrait and for contrast in the background I used recycled Nespresso capsules and Softi candy wrappers. The recycled items are arranged to create a colourful pattern that adds to the beauty and vibrancy of the woman. The title of the piece is my way of asking people to think about what they are doing and instead of throwing things away and writing people off why not “Reuse, Recycle, and Rehumanize” wherever possible and do something you are proud off.

Title: “Reuse, Recycle, Rehumanize”

Dimensions: 610mm x 460mm

Medium: Mixed Medium (Acrylic paint, Nespresso Capsules, Softi Candy Wrappers)

Sold, in a private art collection

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Rooted, an Art Exhibition showcasing the work of South African artist, Mariska Nell and Johan Alberts, inspired by their South African roots and their journey to the UAE. hosted by Our Space.

Rooted

28 November – 23 December 2017

An Art Exhibition showcasing the work of South African artist, Mariska Nell and Johan Alberts, inspired by their

South African roots and their journey to the UAE. hosted by Our Space.

Art Meets Coffee, an Art Exhibition inspired by Art Meets Coffee hosted by BookMunch

Art Meets Coffee

16 -30 November 2017

An Art Exhibition inspired by Art Meets Coffee hosted by BookMunch

TechStars Startup Weekend 2017, an Art Exhibition hosted by Our Space during the TechStars Startup Weekend.

TechStars Startup Weekend 2017

16-18 November 2017

An Art Exhibition hosted by Our Space during the TechStars Startup Weekend.