Three works were on display as part of an exhibition titled “Elements of Realism”, with works by J.H. Pierneef, J.E.A. Volschenk, Frans Oerder, Walter Meyer, John Kramer, Willem Pretorius, Nadrie Botha, Rosemary Joynt, Gerbrand van Heerden, Oliver Scarlin, Rob MacIntosh and Andries Bezuidenhout. The exhibition comprises of landscapes, portraits, interiors and still lifes.
Absolut Art Gallery, 19 Ryneveld Street, Stellenbosch, first floor gallery, 25 May to 24 June 2017.
Title: “Son sak op die NG Kerk, Lady Grey”, by Andries Bezuidenhout, oil on canvas, 90x76cm, 2016
Translation of the title: “Sun sets on the Dutch Reformed Church, Lady Grey.” Lady Grey is a small town close to South Africa’s border with Lesotho and hosts an arts academy for primary and secondary school pupils. The town was named after Eliza Lucy Spencer, the wife of the governor of the Cape Colony, Sir George Grey.
Title: “St James, ons ry terug van die biblioteek”, by Andries Bezuidenhout, oil on canvas, 40.6×40.6cm, 2016
Translation of the title: “St James, driving back from the library.” St James is a suburb of Cape Town. This painting was on exhibition at the Breytenbach Gallery in Wellington as part of an exhibition titled “Boekmerke/Bookmarks”.
Price: Context Anne-Ghrett Erasmus at the Breytenbach Gallery at galery [at] breytenbachsentrum.co.za [note the Afrikaans spelling of “galery” in the e-mail address]
Title: “Bok-bok staan styf”, by Andries Bezuidenhout, charcoal on paper, 53×42cm, 2016
The title of the drawing comes from an obscure Afrikaans children’s game. “Bok-bok staan styf, hoeveel vingers het jy op jou lyf?” An attempt at an English translation does not seem to shed any light on its meaning: “Buck-buck stand up straight (or tight), how many fingers on your body?”