Title: “Richmond insleepdiens”, by Andries Bezuidenhout, oil on canvas, 76x91cm, 2015
Richmond is a town in South Africa’s Karoo – on the main road from Johannesburg to Cape Town. The town prides itself on its many book shops and holds an annual literary festival. This painting depicts the local breakdown service.
Price: R12 000
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Series of 12 titled: “Huishoudelike patente”, ink, charcoal and acrylic on reproductions of sketches made to register patents, size A4, by Andries Bezuidenhout
Artist’s statement: “Working on my second book of poetry, titled ‘Veelvuldige gebruike vir huishoudelike toestelle’ [Tr: Multiple uses for domestic appliances], got me interested in sketches drawn for patent registrations. I downloaded a range of these sketches from the web – from very old patents for refrigerators and washing machines to more recent ones for computers and cellular phone applications. Since they were public record and therefore in the public domain, I wanted to use these as graphics for the poetry book. However, often the reproductions were of such poor quality that they pixelated terribly. I decided to work on them, mostly with ink and charcoal, and in one case (number XII), acrylic paint. I couldn’t help but chuckle at myself for manipulating sketches made by other people in order to protect their intellectual property. Patent sketches are not drawn as art, but I think the best ones lend themselves to the creation of art. The Afrikaans title for the series is ‘Huishoudelike patente’. I guess one could translate this as ‘Patently domestic’. The English translation actually works better than the original, I think. Maybe these sketches capture in some unintended way how I feel about the forthcoming book of poetry.”
Price: R10 000 for the series For sales contact admin[at]andriesbezuidenhout.co.za
Title: “Bellevue herbesoek”, by Andries Bezuidenhout, oil on canvas, 75.5 x 61 cm
This house also features in a painting by South African landscape painter Walter Meyer. Meyer painted the scene two decades ago. In his version a car is parked on the pavement in front of the house and the palm tree is still small. This painting revisits the house in Johannesburg’s suburb of Bellevue twenty years on and is a tribute to Walter Meyer’s work.
Price: R15 000
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